Top Ten Common Misconceptions

Things people believe to be true that are factually incorrect.

The Top Ten

1 Charles Darwin theorised that humans evolved from apes
2 Jesus was born on December 25

Yes. Everyone seems to think that Jesus was born on December 25, he's not. He wasn't even born in winter. He was probably born in late spring or early summer. It seems like I'm one of the only people who knows this. Great list by the way.

Nobody thinks this.
In fact most of the items on this list are not "common misconceptions" anywhere, nor have they been for a long time.

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3 The Gameboy was the first Nintendo handheld

The Game n Watch was actually their first hand held.

4 You have to drink 8 glasses of water everyday

You can't drink eight glasses of water everyday. I tried that once and I had to go to the bathroom for the whole day. Trust me. It's not fun.

Believe me, I've never done this. 3 is probably the most I've ever drank. - Minecraftcrazy530

5 Winter weather causes colds and the flu

Cols and the flu are caused by viruses, not the temperature of the air. Bad weather may cause people to congregate which leads to viruses being shared more frequently, but it does not cause the sickness.

6 Whales are fish

No. Whales are not fish. They are mammals.

Do people even assume that whales are fish anymore?

Do people even assume that whales are fish anymore?

7 Elephant is the biggest mammal on Earth

No. The elephant is not the biggest mammal in the world. The blue whale is. They're also the world's biggest animals because they're even bigger than the dinosaurs! While the African elephant is the biggest land mammal, the blue whale is the biggest sea mammal.

8 Infant vaccinations cause Autism

Never been proven. The lone often cited study that fueled the whole debate was completely biased, disowned by the journal that published it, and authored by a researcher who may be criminally prosecuted.

There are many causes, and I believe to be a toxic substance affecting the brain, coming from a variety of things, one of which are vaccinations, but not just infant ones. - Wolftail

9 Men think about sex every seven seconds

We're not all pedophiles. We think about other things, like video games, working, fixing the computer, and football (American football) - ethanmeinster

If we did then we would end up raping the innocent. - Aragorn98

10 The Great Wall of China is one of only a handful of man made things that can be seen from space

True, you can see the wall from space, but it's difficult, you have to know what you are looking for, and the conditions have to be just right. But think about it. If you can see the Wall which is roughly the same color as the surrounding terrain and is less than 50 feet wide, then you can certainly see a 12 lane Los Angeles freeway that is over twice as wide as well as a whole bunch of other man made objects.

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The Contenders

11 The color red angers a bull

Bulls are color blind. It's the waving motion that attracts them. The red color is for the benefit of the crowd.

12 Humans only use 10% of our brain

I believe that is knowledge wise, right? But if it's just in general then, would I be able to get rid of 90% and be ineffective?

Ok, if whoever put this thinks we use 100% percent of our brain, think about this: if you actually used 100% of your brain, wouldn't you be able to remember everything? You would also be much smarter than you are now. - Minecraftcrazy530

13 The fruit is named after the color orange

Other way around

14 Goldfish have a 3 second memory

Actually, when tested, their memory lasted up to six months. - ethanmeinster

15 Jesus was the founder of Christianity

Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian. He was the messiah, and the actual son of God, which kind of makes it complicated. - ethanmeinster

He did not intend to create a new religion. It was his followers who did so.

16 Sharks don't get cancer
17 Poinsettias are poisonous

People are still scared to death that their children or pets will eat these decorative holiday plants, but numerous studies have shown that the worst that could happen is some mild indigestion.

18 Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker

Short hair seems thicker, but it is just perception.

19 Human blood in veins is blue

Blood in the body is just as red as when it comes out. The apparent blue coloring is caused by the walls of the veins and your skin.

The blue blood is oxygen poor blood. Once introduced to oxygen, it turns red.

20 The human tongue has different regions dedicated to different tastes
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1. Charles Darwin theorised that humans evolved from apes
2. Jesus was born on December 25
3. Jesus was the founder of Christianity
1. The fruit is named after the color orange
2. Goldfish have a 3 second memory
3. Sharks don't get cancer
1. Charles Darwin theorised that humans evolved from apes
2. The Gameboy was the first Nintendo handheld
3. Jesus was born on December 25



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