Some Facts You’ve Believed This Whole Time Are Actually Pure BS
There are some simple truths that we all hold to be true. The sky is blue (most of the time, okay?) and grass is green (except in parts of Kentucky. Wow, we’re contradicting ourselves a lot, aren’t we?). The earth is round. Please don’t try to argue with us on that, we’re trying to prove a point here.
These are provable each and every day. But there are other “facts” that we all just assumed were true our whole lives. But these facts are things that you thought were true, but are actually completely not at all. Yup, they’re total BS.
Napoleon Was Short
Here’s a perfect example to start with of something we all believed that isn’t true. Art and plenty of movies (looking at you, Bill & Ted) portray the master general and emperor of France as just a few inches above five feet.
The truth is, the “Little General” was measured at 5 feet 2 inches in French units, which were larger than the ones used regularly. That meant Napoleon was actually 5 feet 7 inches – a more average height.
Children Experience A Rush From Too Much Sugar
Surely we don’t mean to tell you that kids don’t get hyper after eating too much sugar, right? Well, we’re about to. Scientists made a link between children’s consumption and hyperactivity almost 40 years ago.
Since then, the dreaded “sugar rush” is a reason parents keep the soda and candy out of arms’ reach from their kids. However, in 1995 there was a massive study that proved there was no link to either. Still hasn’t helped kill the myth, though.
Your Blood Is Blue Before It Hits Oxygen
Did you ever feel tempted to try and cut yourself to see if you could spot your blue blood turn red? Don’t, because it was never true. Facts are facts on this one: your blood is always red-colored. It’s the shades of red that make it look blue to our eyes.
Oxygen-deprived blood is a deeper red or maroon, and when inside deeper veins will look blue from how little blue light it will absorb and bounce back in our visual wavelength.
The Left/Right Brain Work Differently
Oh come on! Seriously, is everything we believe a gigantic lie? What the heck is going on here? Turns out the left and right brain don’t do different things. Neuroscience firmly says that this is complete nonsense.
Each side of the brain is known as the center for either you analytical or creative side. We use both sides just the same 24/7. This arose from studies in the ’60s and ’70s where the subjects had their hemispheres surgically divided.
Dogs Sweat From Their Tongue
Here’s another piping hot plate of “Nope. Wrong.” for you to digest. Be careful, it’s a lot to chew on and tough to swallow. There is a big difference between “sweating” and what dogs need their tongues for when it’s hot.
That is their primary way of bringing hot blood directly to their skin to cool off. As far as actually sweating, dogs rarely do that, and if it does occur that happens through their paw pads.
You Can Kill Someone By Throwing A Penny From The Empire State Building
The urban legend of one of many ways to die in New York was proven wrong on TV. Mythbusters debunked this old tale by shooting pennies at 64.4 miles per hour (the speed a penny would fall at) at a dummy.
And what happened? Well, they saw little damage. They even shot it at each other and barely felt any pain. So unless you’re chucking bowling balls off the side of the building, no need to worry.
Don't Go Outside With Wet Hair, You'll Catch A Cold
Here’s one you’ll be happy isn’t true. You may need to point your mom and grandma to this fact the next time they try warning you about this. Everyone has the idea wet hair outside in the cold is a remedy for illnesses up the wazoo.
Here’s the thing – the cold and flu are viruses that don’t discriminate between hair condition. Your chances of catching a cold always depend on the proximity to a virus and other stressors.
You Can See The Great Wall Of China From Space
Of all the Seven Wonders of the World, this is the one that really gets this distinction alone. But when China’s first astronaut came back from his time in space he admitted that he couldn’t see the landmark with the naked eye.
China was pretty disappointed and had to rewrite a lot of their history books. They may have even wanted to send another astronaut up there who had better vision, but that wouldn’t have helped, either.
Mount Everest Is The Tallest Mountain In The World
Mt. Everest is only the tallest mountain if measured above sea level, but two others have taller heights. The Chimborazo in Ecuador reaches the farthest point on the Earth’s surface if measured from the Earth’s center.
Mauna Kea in Hawaii is larger in size, but a lot of its base is under the sea. Keep these in mind, because they make perfect trick questions on trivia nights. Stump all your friends!
Glass Is A Slow-Moving Liquid
People are told this one, then touch the thicker bottom of glass panes to prove it. But science shows that the ratios of liquid-like molecules to solid-like ones change over time, favoring the solid side.
This continues until the solid-like areas take over and become ideal (solid glass) everywhere.
To be honest, this is one fact we had never heard of, so to find out it was a lie isn’t so Earth-shattering (or glass-shattering, more appropriately).
There Are Five Senses
Sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch are the classic group of senses we all grew up learning and are still in textbooks. There are so many that are left out, though, including balance, time and pain.
Other ones like the sense of not walking into things add up to almost 20 human senses. Not to mention the sense of seeing dead people, which I remember seeing in this documentary that came out in the late ’90s.
MSG Gives You Headaches
A lot of people won’t eat Chinese food for fear of headaches or migraines. The American Chemical Society says it only affects some people, so if you treated it like you would regular salt you’d be fine.
Also, there’s MSG in tomatoes and cheese as well, and most people aren’t hurting from pizza. Well, that isn’t entirely true. Depending on how much pizza you eat and how often you eat it, it can certainly lead to issues.
A Chameleon Changes Its Color For Camouflage
This color-changing lizard is cool as hell, but that trait doesn’t happen to blend into the environment. It does it to adjust its body heat – dark to absorb, light to reflect.
It can also do it when it feels aggressive or wants to attract a mate. So if you ever see a chameleon blending into its environment, it’s just an accident. Looks like we’re gonna have to start looking at these creatures in a whole new light.
Einstein Was Bad At Math
Have you ever done poorly on a test but made yourself feel better by remembering how Einstein was also terrible at math before he figured it all out and turned things around? Your self-esteem may want to take a seat for this one.
One of history’s most brilliant minds sucked at basic algebra, correct? Wrong. He was just a fan of problem solving and math, but not much else. He only failed the entrance exam to college because he didn’t pass the zoology, botany and language sections.
Your Hair And Nails Keep Growing After Death
When the zombie apocalypse happens people will think the walkers will need haircuts along with manicures and pedicures. That’s the scariest part about zombies: their hygiene. Well, like each and every other “fact” on this list, this is also not true.
No, the reality is as the corpse dries out, the skin retracts and exposes more of the hair and nails. That’s what makes it look like the nails and hair appear longer, even though they’re not.