Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions
January 24, 2011 1 Comment
I really enjoyed reading this list of common misconceptions over at Wikipedia, even if a couple of them were depressing to learn. For instance, there’s no evidence to suggest that Viking’s ever wore helmets with horns on them. Well then what exactly makes them Viking?!? Just pillaging and discovering America first? Some other interesting misconceptions:
- Cooking alcohol doesn’t evaporate all of it. Up to 25% can remain after an hour of baking or simmering.
- Black Holes don’t ‘suck’ anymore than stars do. In fact, when a star turns into a black hole it actually has less mass than the star originally did. Only the event horizon has different gravitational properties than a star of equal mass.
- Bats are not blind.
- It is not harmful to baby birds to pick them up and return them to their nests, despite the common belief that doing so will cause the mother to reject it.
- Humans have more than 5 senses, anywhere from 9 to 20 depending on the definition of a sense.
- Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
- Nowhere in the Bible is Satan described as ruling over or being in Hell.