Impressionable young minds currently sit in classrooms across America, believing their teachers know everything. They couldn’t be more wrong. Teachers are human, just like you and I, so it shouldn’t be shocking to learn that they mess up every so often.
But who knew they were teaching us things that are just plain wrong? We were completely mislead by these “facts” on topics like space travel and Napoleon.
These “facts” were so widespread outside classrooms, to the point where it’s not our teachers’ fault for relaying them…
1.) Blue veins contain blue blood that’s deoxygenated.
According to the Telegraph: “Columbus seized men, women, and children to take back to Spain and parade like circus animals. Most died on the voyage, and all were dead within six months. This spurred him to be more ambitious on his second voyage, in which he selected 550 of the best specimens he could find, and allowed his men to take whoever else they wanted, which turned out to be another 600. The journey back to Europe was so debilitating for the captives that Columbus ended up throwing over 200 corpses overboard. There are no records of what happened to the 600 taken by his men.”
4.) You can see the Great Wall of China from space.
“Although there are subtle regional differences in sensitivity to different compounds over the lingual surface, the oft-quoted concept of a ‘tongue map’ defining distinct zones for sweet, bitter, salty and sour has largely been discredited,” according to a review article in The Journal of Cell Biology in August 2010.
Piper Chapman from Orange Is The New Black put it right, “So the point of the poem is that everyone wants to look back and think that their choices matter. But in reality, s—t just happens the way that it happens, and it doesn’t matter.”
We actually use it all. “It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time,” Barry Gordon, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins, says.