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Can you list some old cliche sayings that aren't true?

Asked by talljasperman (18460 points ) January 25th, 2014

I’ll start with one: He who smelt it dealt it. Clearly not true.
I smelt others, and it didn’t come from me.

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filmfann's avatar

Having sex gets rid of acne.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

If you got it flaunt it. Not necessary. A dignifed discreet attitude is better and works more effectively. If you have it, it’s obvious, no need to flaunt it!

Kropotkin's avatar

The one you mentioned always baffled me, because the reality is actually the exact opposite. One becomes accustomed and mostly desensitised to the smells of one’s own excrement. This is simple to verify—as one takes a shit and farts in the toilet, one doesn’t feel immediately disgusted by the smells one is expelling.

Yet—if one follows some other person who had just been to visit the toilet for a number two, the smell is typically repulsive and makes one wretch.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

God helps those who help themselves.

Money is the root to all evils

Every cloudy morning has a midnight moon above.

Fake it until you make it..

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.

bolwerk's avatar

I don’t know about not true, but “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is really bad advice. Horses ain’t cheap, nor is their dentistry.

@Kropotkin: that is the reason disgust is such a visceral feeling. The act of excreting feces is supposed to be pleasurable. The body makes this so to maximize its chance to remove harmful waste, and people report the scent of their own feces as somewhere between tolerable and even enjoyable. However, whether it’s because of a slightly different scent or simply the mere knowledge that it’s someone else’s feces, disgust exists to create a visceral, bodily rejection of other people’s feces. It’s vital that we get rid of our own waste, and pleasure helps us do that; it’s also vital that we avoid contact with other people’s waste, so disgust counteracts the arousal of sniffing someone else’s flatulence or fecal matter. Similarly, parents report the scent of their own infant’s feces isn’t as bad as that of other kids’ feces.

The second one @Hypocrisy_Central mentions is often mistaken as a Bible verse.

Kropotkin's avatar

@bolwerk That may be the case for nearly everyone, but my shit actually smells of roses.

filmfann's avatar

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Nope. Sometime clouds are lined with shit.

ucme's avatar

Hey, that person made a certain remark on Fluther so he must be a bad person, or maybe it was meant in jest & i’m just a humourless, self righteous sort?
Further on your fart line…

He who smelt it dealt it
Whoever said the rhyme did the crime
They who said the verse made the atmosphere worse

Kardamom's avatar

Everything will work out fine in the end.

Sometimes constant bullying causes people to commit suicide, sometimes poverty causes people to end up sick or dead, sometimes loneliness causes people to become so depressed that they end their lives, sometimes people have painfully debilitating diseases that make them think that life isn’t worth living.

I don’t think those people think it worked out fine in the end.

Symbeline's avatar

@Kardamom Yeah. Like when someone gets bullied and they talk about it to someone they trust, you might get this response; they’re more afraid of you than you are of them.

Right. True or not, that doesn’t solve the problem of getting beaten up, getting one’s lunch money taken or being slandered of FaceBook or whatever.

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