It seems that not all things we learned in school are correct. Here is a list that will surprise you:
1. Einstein was a bad student
Generations of children grew up with the belief that the Nobel laureate physicist was not doing well in school. In reality, he was, particularly in physics and mathematics. It’s just that his genius was not recognized yet when he was a student.
2. Napoleon was short
In reality, he had a height of approximately 1.7 meters or just over 5’5, which was the average height for his time.
3. Thomas Edison was the one who invented the electric light bulb
4. Humans evolved from apes
Darwin’s theory of evolution is something we all learned in school and yet, most people misinterpret it, thinking that humans evolved from apes. It is not exactly what Darwin said, although most people believe he did.
What Darwin argued is that monkeys, chimpanzees, and humans had a common ancestor many years ago.
5. The Viking helmets had horns
The Vikings used to be buried together with their helmets and drinking horns. When their graves were first discovered, it was incorrectly supposed that the Vikings used to wear helmets with horns.
6. Columbus believed that the Earth is flat
Maybe he did not know how big the Earth is, but he certainly was not concerned whether he would fall down when having reached its edge.
7. Mice like cheese
Mice like foods that are rich in sugar, such as peanut butter and cereal. British scientists did a simple experiment that showed that mice would prefer any other type of food but cheese!
8. Each part of the tongue recognizes the different taste
Indeed, we have different receptors in different areas of the tongue, but that does not mean that it is divided into distinct zones. (The visual division primarily aimed to make learning easier).
As you have seen, some of the things we learned in school are not exactly true. And guess what? Maybe it’s not the teachers that are to blame. The problem is that we often tend to misinterpret scientific ideas and theories, which paves the way for numerous myths and misconceptions.
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