Most Common Misconceptions Debunked

What a world we live in, where virtually all the information of humanity is available online. Sadly, all the silly lies and nonsense are also available online, obscuring facts with half-truths, and even outright lies. If anything, internet users of today should learn to double check facts. Or better yet, they should learn to thoroughly research anything they decide to keep in their heads, and take with them.

Point in case; here are some silly misconceptions that many tend to believe. Yet these statements are factually, provably, not true.

Great Wall Of China Can Be Seen From Space

This one was so commonly believed that it was taught in schools, and perhaps even is still taught in schools. But, as you may have already guessed, it is isn’t at all true. In fact, if you look at images of earth from space, you may just guffaw that anyone believed it to be true at all.

On the other hand, the lights of major metro cities all over the world can easily be seen from space.

We Only Use 5% Of Our Brains

The percentage in this misconception varies, with some saying 5%, or 10%, or whatever the case may be. Whatever percentage you’ve heard, it is total nonsense. More to the point, thinking about it for even a few minutes will poke holes in this idiotic notion.

We, in fact, use 100% of our brains. Depending on what we are doing at any given time, a portion of the brain will be active. If recalling an emotional memory, for example, a human will use as much as 45% or more in a single moment.

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Napoleon Was Short

He wasn’t. What is most astounding is how commonly the man has been depicted as being obscenely small, to the point that it has all but been engrained into society. In fact, Napoleon had his height recorded in French feet, Five feet and two inches. This translates to five feet and seven inches elsewhere in the world.

The idea that he was short was also very likely perpetuated by enemies in order to destroy his reputation.

Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden

A more common myth suggests that golf stood for Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden. There is absolutely no evidence of any kind to suggest that this is the case, regardless of where you may have heard it.

Fortune Cookies Are Chinese

Despite the overwhelming notion that fortune cookies are a Chinese tradition, and even commonly handed out in Chinese restaurants, they are not from Chinese culture. In fact, in China fortune cookies are associated with American restaurants.

Viking Helmets Had Horns

Sadly, they did not. Rather, the idea that this is accurate originated from an opera called Der Ring des Nibelungen. The once popular opera gradually has become engrained into history as factually accurate, despite there being zero evidence that Vikings wore horned helmets.

Rather, Vikings wore remarkably uninteresting helmets, barely distinguishable from any other helmet of the time.