FULL LIST of Common Misconceptions HERE (Wikipedia)

Brace yourself!

The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is commonly assumed to be an apple, and is widely depicted as such in Western art, although the Bible does not identify what type of fruit it is.

Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb.

Marie Antoinette did not actually use the phrase “let them eat cake” when she heard that the French peasantry was starving due to a dearth of bread. The phrase was first published in Rousseau’s “Confessions” when Marie was only 10 years old and most scholars believe that Rousseau coined it himself.

Biological evolution does not address the origin of life; for that, see abiogenesis. The two are commonly and mistakenly conflated. The theory of evolution explains the changes in successive generations of organisms, due to differences in genes and gene frequencies that occur in populations of living organisms over time. Thus evolution presupposes that life already exists. Biological evolution likewise says nothing about cosmology, the Big Bang, or the origins of the universe.

Evolution does not claim that humans evolved from chimpanzees. Instead, it states that humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor that lived about 5 to 8 million years ago. Evolution is not a progression from inferior to superior organisms, and it also does not necessarily require an increase in complexity. A population can evolve to become simpler, having a smaller genome, but devolution is a misnomer.

Different tastes can be detected on all parts of the tongue by taste buds,with slightly increased sensitivities in different locations depending on the person, contrary to the popular belief that specific tastes only correspond to specific mapped sites on the tongue.The original tongue map was based on a mistranslation by a Harvard psychologist of a discredited German paper that was written in 1901.

People do not use only ten percent of their brains. While it is true that a small minority of neurons in the brain are actively firing at any one time, the inactive neurons are important too.

Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after a person dies. Rather, the skin dries and shrinks away from the bases of hairs and nails, giving the appearance of growth.

Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. Double blind trials have shown no difference in behaviour between children given sugar-full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or those considered “sensitive” to sugar. The difference in behaviour proved to be psychological.

It is a common misconception that seasons are caused by the Earth being closer to the Sun in the summer than in the winter. In fact, the Earth is actually farther from the Sun when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Seasons are the result of the Earth’s being tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees. As the Earth orbits the Sun, different parts of the world receive different amounts of direct sunlight.

Searing meat does not “seal in” moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Generally, meat is seared to create a brown crust with a rich flavor via the Maillard reaction.

Danish pastries do not come from Denmark, they actually originated in Austria.

Toilet waste is never intentionally dumped overboard in aircraft. All waste is collected in tanks which are emptied on the ground by special toilet waste vehicles. A vacuum is used to allow the toilet to be flushed with less water and because plumbing cannot rely on gravity alone in an aircraft in motion.

ENOUGH!!

I realize things are different now. All this time we have been lied to. Oprah Winfrey is probably a short stocky black man in a fat suit. That makeup always seemed too caked on. Let’s not forget that laugh and the man hands. Look what he / she did to trick Tom Cruise into jumping around on her couch for ratings. Tom is an Operating Thetan Level 7 (OTVII) and does all his own stunts. He deserves more respect. But I digress. ALL these things we assumed we understood about the world were common misconceptions.

The only way I can pick myself up off the floor, dry my eyes and get to work is if Eric Kleptone mashes up The Beatles’ “Come Together” with every other song on the planet, and sets it against a montage of clips from every musical ever filmed.

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