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

Actually that was true!

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.

We celebrate his birthday on that day. He wasn't born.

He was born. Historical evidence shows that Jesus was a real person.

3 The Gameboy was the first Nintendo handheld

The Game n Watch was actually their first hand held.

4 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.

5 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.

6 Whales are fish

Do people even assume that whales are fish anymore?

No. Whales are not fish. They are mammals.

They are mammals

7 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.

I'd rather be autistic than be dead

If this was true, I would still get vaccinations, having Autism is 1000000000x better than dying from a curable disease.

8 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.

The Blue Whale is

9 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.

10 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)

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

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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 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.

It's not blue it's just a myth.

Human blood is never blue. it only looks blue because of the tissues and skin covering it. Blood is always red.

13 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?

14 Daddy Long Legs are extremely poisonous, but their mouths are too small to bite people

Most venomous spider is the Brazilian Wandering Spider

15 The fruit is named after the color orange

Other way around

16 Goldfish have a 3 second memory

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

17 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.

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

18 Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker

Short hair seems thicker, but it is just perception.

19 Lightning never strikes the same place twice

At the spire of Empire State building, lightning has already struck 38 times

20 Sharks don't get cancer
21 Napoleon was shorter than average

He was 5 foot 7 inches in international units, and the average French man at that time was 5 foot 5 inches.

22 Bananas come from a tree
23 The BMW logo represents an airplane propeller

This was even mentioned in the movie Finding Forrester but in truth the logo was based on the Bavarian flag and was not associated with a propeller until a dozen years later.

It has colors of Bavarian flag

24 Pit bulls have a locking jaw

Simply not true, otherwise, how would they eat? In fact, the pit bull doesn't necessarily have the strongest bite strength among dog breeds.

I don't think Pitbulls have a special mechanism that "locks" their jaw.

25 Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death

The skin recedes which makes it look like the hair and fingernails are growing.

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