You mean it’s possible for lots of people to be wrong!? January 6, 2011Posted by Ezra Resnick in Belief, Science, Superstition.
I just discovered that Wikipedia has a list of common misconceptions. Surely none of them apply to me? Yeah, right. Here are a few of the places where our education system, and popular culture, have let me down:
- The American Declaration of Independence was not signed on the 4th of July.
- There is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets.
- Napoleon Bonaparte was not especially short — he was 1.68 meters tall.
- There is no evidence that reading in dim light or sitting close to a television causes vision to deteriorate.
- Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
- Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.
At least I did know that seasonal variation is not due to differing distance from the sun, that all tastes can be detected on all parts of the tongue, and that humans and dinosaurs never coexisted.