Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wikipedia's list of common misconceptions

Wikipedia's long list of common misconceptions (along with details of the truth of the matter in each case). Misconceptions such as that

  • Napoleon Bonaparte was especially short.
  • searing meat "seals in the juices"
  • seasons are caused by the Earth being closer to the sun in summer than in winter.
  • shaving causes hair to grow back thicker or coarser.
  • earthworms become two worms when cut in half.
  • Inuits have a large number of words for snow.
...and many many more (though the list is far from complete).

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