This evening I came across my son using our dog’s toothbrush. I am not sure which part of that statement sticks out more; the part where our dog has a toothbrush, or the part where my son was using it. As revolting as this was, somewhere, in the back of my mind, I repeated the statement that we’ve all heard before: dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’. I’m not sure which loon came up with that concept. Probably some cat lover who got a kick out of watching his neighbor kiss his Rottweiler. I sure hope the guy is on to something, though, because just a few minutes ago I saw my son on all fours drinking water from the dog bowl.
I asked my good friends at Dallas Medical Supply Couriers what they thought. They have informed me that there is a lot that I think I know, but I really don’t have a clue. Starting with the dog-mouth rumor.
Dogs’ Mouths Are Cleaner Than Humans: This is untrue, but not entirely. Dogs’ mouths have bacteria that is different from humans. So, while dogs’ mouths can be quite disgusting, considering they drink water form the toilet and eat trash, they aren’t THAT much more disgusting that humans’ mouths. Veterinarians remind us to keep dogs’ vaccinations up to date and we won’t get any serious illnesses from them, but we should probably refrain from sharing a toothbrush (ahem!).
Cracking Your Knuckles Will Give You Arthritis- I had always heard it will give you fat knuckles, but arthritis sounds displeasing, too! There is no truth to this statement. Cracking your knuckles isn’t cracking your bones, its releasing gas between your joints. It’s harmless, but also quite gross to listen to. Dallas Medical Supply Couriers and I agree on this one- cut it out.
Crossing Your Eyes Will Get Them Stuck That Way- Not only did I grow up with this fear, but I had also heard that if you cross your eyes and someone hits you in the back of the head THEN they get stuck that way. Imagine the fun my older brother and I had! Truth is, this can’t happen. It takes a lot of muscle control to cross your eyes, and this can lead to fatigue, but if these muscles get too fatigued, they will merely go back to the way they like to be: straight.
Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest- It’s been confirmed by gastroenterologists that this myth is just that- a myth. After years of doing internal scans, doctors rarely see a piece of gum. They only time things get stuck in the intestines is if they are too large to pass, not too sticky. Gum is pretty immune from the digestive process, though. It tends to come out looking pretty much the same way as it went in. How’s that for a mental image?
The Great Wall of China is the Only Structure Visible from the Moon- I’ve never been, but Dallas Medical Supply Couriers assure me this is false. Astronauts have confirmed that the Great Wall is seen from about 180 miles up, and then it disappears. What can be seen from space, though, are city lights.
Bulls Are Attracted to the Color Red- We don’t see bull fights too often here in America, but my husband is currently stationed in Portugal, and for them, this is a weekly occurrence. The myth that you shouldn’t wear red has no bearing, though. Bulls, like all cattle, are dichromats, and cannot see the color red. Therefore, the bulls are not necessarily incited by the red cape, but by the matador himself.
Leave it to Dallas Medical Supply Couriers to tell it like it is. Not only do they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week delivering your time-sensitive medical supplies, but they bust myths in their spare time. Fido, they deserve a kiss!