15 Lies That Our Schools Taught Us

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15 Lies That Our Schools Taught Us
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So, all of our parents are firm and unfeigned believers of school. Anything that school does, teaches, asks their kids to do, can never be wrong according to them. And when we were all young, we too were preachers of our school and teachers. Anything our mentor at school said just could not be wrong. Now when my younger sibling says "My teachers taught us so" and denies to listen to me, I think, "What a naive little girl, you'll know the truth later!". 

Well, we consider ourselves smart enough to figure out obvious lies and open up facts to ourselves. Or do we?

I'm betting that you at would not know at least 10 out of these 15 facts. Try me!

1. We never evolved from apes.

1. We never evolved from apes.

Humans and apes like chimpanzees are 99% identical with their DNA; we didn't evolve from them. Humans and apes shared a common ancestor and evolved from them 6-8 million years ago.

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2. Apple never fell on Newton's head.

2. Apple never fell on Newton's head.
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Newton was once in an orchard and witnessed an apple drop from a tree. There's no evidence to suggest that the fruit landed on his head, but Newton's observation caused him to ponder why apples always fall straight to the ground (rather than sideways or upward) and helped him to eventually develop his law of universal gravitation.

3. Pilgrims came to america not only for religious freedom but also to find livelihood.

3. Pilgrims came to america not only for religious freedom but also to find livelihood.
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First and foremost, pilgrims had a grave concern for the well-being of their children. Life in Holland had proved to be difficult. The only work available to immigrants was poorly paid, and despite their hard labour, they constantly struggled with poverty. Work was taking a toll on both parents and children, causing them to age before time. Furthermore, some of the children were assimilating into Dutch culture and abandoning their parents' values. 

4. Columbus never proved Earth was round. 

4. Columbus never proved Earth was round. 
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So, even if Columbus set out to prove Earth was round, he was about 2,000 years too late. Ancient Greek mathematicians had already proved that the Earth was round, and not flat. Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C.E. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in the fourth century B.C.E. provided the physical evidence, such as the shadow of the Earth on the moon and the curvature of the Earth known by all sailors approaching land.

5. Einstein never failed math.

5. Einstein never failed math.
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In his own words, "Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus." So, all those people telling you stories about Einstein being a dull student, are wrong by many folds!

6. Slaves who built pyramids of Giza weren't treated badly.  

6. Slaves who built pyramids of Giza weren't treated badly.  
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It is a misconception and a highly believed myth that the slaves who built these pyramids were ill-treated. In fact, they were well fed with meat and were paid good amounts. 

7. You can't see the Great Wall of China from moon.

7. You can't see the Great Wall of China from moon.
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Yes. Even the astronauts who've been on the moon claim that the Great Wall of China is not visible from the moon using naked eyes.

8. The Vikings were the first one to reach America 500 years before Columbus was born. 

8. The Vikings were the first one to reach America 500 years before Columbus was born. 
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9. De-oxygenated blood doesn't look blue.

9. De-oxygenated blood doesn't look blue.
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Blood is primarily red in colour. Oxygenated: bright red and de-oxygenated: dark red. 

Due to a light diffusion process when the light diffuses through the skin of the lips or your fingernails, it then often ends up looking dark blue or purple.

10. Edison didn't invent light bulb. 

10. Edison didn't invent light bulb. 
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Thomas Edison, neither invented the light bulb nor held the first patent for the modern design of the light bulb. In reality, light bulbs used as electric lights existed 50 years before Thomas Edison's 1879 patent date. Humphrey Darwey had invented it 70 years before. 

11. Humans do not have only 5 senses

11. Humans do not have only 5 senses
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Humans have more than five senses! As a matter of fact, over 20 like hunger, vibration, time, feeling of space, pain, temperature, etc. 

12. Toilets do not flush in opposite direction anywhere in the world. 

12. Toilets do not flush in opposite direction anywhere in the world. 
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It depends solely on the shape of the bowl and the flow of water. 

13. Trojan horse wasn't real. 

13. Trojan horse wasn't real. 
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Oxford University classicist Dr Armand D'Angour says, ''Archaeological evidence shows that Troy was indeed burned down, but the wooden horse is an imaginative fable, perhaps inspired by the way ancient siege engines were clothed with damp horse-hides to stop them being set alight.''

14. There is gravity in space. The effects are just diminished.

14. There is gravity in space. The effects are just diminished.
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Earth's gravity affects everything at or near the planet's surface. We feel the force of gravity on Earth through our mass, and that power also translates into a downward pull of 9.8 meters per second squared. It is also present in space, just diminished by leaps and bounds. 

15.We use more than 10% of our brain.

15.We use more than 10% of our brain.
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As a matter of fact, humans use 100% of their brains throughout the day. 


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