Publish Date
Thursday, 27 October 2016, 6:44PM


✗ Worrying about eating 5 portions of fruit & vegetables per day. In Denmark, it’s 6. In Australia, it’s 7. In 2014, campaigners tried upping it to 10. Just eat some vegetables and be done with it.


✗ Taking vitamin C supplements. If you feel a cold coming on, it’s pointless to reach for the vitamin C tablets. Study after study has concluded that it won’t do anything.


✗ Washing your jeans. The CEO of Levi’s has advised that washing them makes them look bad. Instead, rub off stains with a toothbrush, then leave them to air outside.


✗ Having a landline phone. No one will have a landline at all 10 years from now.


✗ Drinking precisely 8 glasses of water a day. That figure was conjured up 70 years ago, and it doesn’t take into consideration your age, your height, your weight, or your activity level.


✗ Still using words?  Emoji is now the fastest-growing language in history, thanks to its ability to bypass international barriers.


✗ Discarding out-of-date food. Unless it smells terrible or is covered in mold, you’re probably fine.


✗ Playing the lottery. You’re far more likely to be struck by lightning – twice – than to win.


✗ Stretching before exercise. It’s unlikely to improve performance or minimize injury.


✗ Standing in line at the airport departure gate. You have a ticket with a designated seat and airplanes are uncomfortable. It won’t take off without you.