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The world is full of liars; it starts from the occasional gossip girl and goes up to the government of a country. Lest this ventures into propaganda territory, there are quite a few things that we learn in school that are falsehoods, and since it is by definition bound to perish sooner or later, let’s murder some lies.
1. There is no gravity in space
Gravity is not limited to mass, it is also a consequence of energy. All of the objects in space including the smallest speck of dust experience gravity. Nothing in the universe is stationary, even though it seems so.
2. Diamonds form from compressed coal
It’s believable, that’s for sure, but it turns out that most diamonds that have been found have been dated to before any plant or animal life. So even though its carbon compressed over thousands of years that made diamonds, it most certainly wasn’t in the form of coal.
3. Edison invented the light bulb
This has become an internet favourite. Squashing the myth that Edison invented the light bulb, or the myth that he was the world’s greatest inventor has gone viral like an internet meme. Couple that with the love for Tesla, and you have the perfect example of poetic justice and catharsis. Edison bought the patent of the incandescent light bulb from the widow of Heinrich Goebel and marketed it. Plus 22 other people including Tesla had already experimented with incandescent light.
4. Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear
Sure he was crazy enough to commit suicide but not that crazy. Fellow artist Paul Gauguin cut off the ear in a sword fight. The truth surfaced after Van Gogh’s death because both of them had sworn secrecy.
5. Chameleon’s change colour for camouflage
Ok, this is crazy. Chameleon’s change colour to absorb more heat and regulate body temperature and to communicate threats or mating behaviour.
6. Columbus didn’t discover America or prove the earth was round
Greek Mathematicians did the latter 2 millennia ago and Leif Erikson discovered America in 1000 AD.
7. Different parts of the tongue sense different tastes
The whole surface is a sensor and a protein living on the tongue detects rotten food.
8. Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery
9. An apple fell on Newton’s head and he discovered gravity
He just saw an apple fall and devised the theory. Not much of a shocker there but it takes the fun out of it.
10. Humans descended from Chimpanzees
Breathe a sigh of relief. We have a common ancestor that split into two different species 6 million years ago.