The world is full of misinformationā€”from innocuous non-facts, like that the European Union is based in Lexington, KY, to serious ones, like how dairy farmers treat their cows like big olā€™ grass-fed cash machinesā€”and all it takes is a little gusto to help further spread that plague. Perpetuate on, friends!


1. Fire is a limited resource, and weā€™ve almost used it all

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Is it true? No. Will saying it out loud get peopleā€™s attention? Yes. Is that all that matters? Obviously.


2. Dogs went extinct in 1987

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Despite overwhelming evidence that dogs are plentiful on planet earth, thereā€™s probably someone out there who will believe this if you do a good enough job selling it.


3. The only predictor of a cowā€™s happiness is whether it owns Ken Burnsā€™ entire filmography on DVD.

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We know betterā€”most cows canā€™t afford a huge DVD collection; and their happiness is actually tied to having proper farmer care, a comfortable place to live, good eats, and some quality relaxation time. However, if this fact were relayed with unwavering conviction and unbroken eye contact, weā€™d have a hard time telling the differenceā€”and so would every one of your impressionable friends.


4. Herbert Hoover was the first man to dunk a basketball

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While little is known about our 31st presidentā€™s exploits on the hardwood, this assuredly never happened. However, by distracting your listeners with a rich backstory full of made-up facts about his powerful hamstrings and skill on the fast break, youā€™ll have everyone convinced that he pioneered taking it strong to the hoop.


5. Your forehead has more nerve endings than any other part of the body

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The foreheadā€™s not even in the top 10, but add something like, ā€œThatā€™s why you wrinkle your forehead when youā€™re confusedā€ and rejoiceā€”youā€™ve just created a small misinformation army thatā€™s about to spread your lie far and wide.


6. You burn more calories in an hour than you do in an entire day

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This is a big lie, but if itā€™s told with the right inflection, it smacks of truth.


7. No one has actually met Morgan Freeman

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This one just feels right. Can you really picture Morgan Freeman shaking someoneā€™s hand and saying ā€œNice to meet youā€? Heā€™s better than that. Sometimes you need to spread a lie to get at a greater truth.


8. The Expendables 3 was released before The Expendables 2

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Donā€™t you want to live in a world where this is true? Make this that world.

Sick of falling for things you hear just because they came out of the mouths of someone suave and strapping? Americaā€™s dairy farmers and importers want to share the real facts about milk. Learn more here.

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