25 Things You Were Taught In School That Are Not True.
We may not know the world as well as we thought we did! While you may have gotten straight A’s in school, somewhere along the way, you learned a few things as a kid that are no longer true. But it’s not like your teachers, family members, and parents were lying to you. Did one of your uncles tell you that a toilet flushes the opposite way in the Southern hemisphere? Well, you might want to give them a call or send them a link to this article because as it turns out, there’s not enough water in the toilet to get affected by the Coriolis Effect, but we’ll circle back to it later on, so keep reading!
Blindly believing other people isn’t a good idea. But when you’re a kid, you don’t have much of a say in what you were taught in school. So here are 25 facts that aren’t as conclusive as we thought they were.
#1. There's a common belief that says you can't fold a piece of paper in half more than 7 times. But that's just not the case.
This common myth claims that you can’t fold a piece of paper of any size in half over 8 times, as the task would require way too much energy. But as it turns out, a California student Britney Gallivan challenged this myth and proved it to be wrong. She folded a long sheet of tissue paper in half, 12 times. She was able to do so in the same direction, too.
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#2. Whoever told you that George Washington had wooden teeth was just straight up wrong. The truth is actually far more eerie than you could ever imagine!
The former President did have his fair share of oral hygiene issues and dental problems. History books claimed that he only had a single natural tooth by 1789. But Washington’s dentures weren’t made out of wood. They contained lead, gold, ivory, and some suspect his contraptions were made out of cows, horses, and even people’s teeth. There are records that show he even purchased 9 teeth from the African American slaves working in his plantation. How's that for a history lesson?
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#3. Right-brained and left-brained? Yeah, that's just something people invented to categorize different personalities.
There are actually no studies that prove conclusively that there are more active areas in the brains of people who are creative and artistic versus those who prefer maths and science. Every part of the brain is has a different purpose, and this is easy to observe in patients who have suffered a stroke or gone through a traumatic brain injury.
#4. Liquid, solid, and gas aren’t the only states of matter you can find on Earth.
But if you step out far, far away in further regions of our atmosphere you will find a fourth state. It's commonly known as plasma. This element is pretty common in the universe, and they consist of highly charged particles that carry kinetic energy. But that’s not all. In 1995, scientists generated the Bose-Einstein condensate in a lab. No one knows where it could be found in nature, but they do know it can be created in a lab.
#5. Despite what you may have been taught in school, there is no "taste map" in your tongue.
According to the University of Florida, professor Steven D. Munger, that’s just mumbo jumbo. It all started when a German scientist's findings got published in a paper in 1901. His study included a graph that misrepresented his research. The graph kind of made it seem like the human tongue had its own “taste map” and people took it literally, so for years, everyone believed this to be true. But the receptors that can detect salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami are distributed all around your tongue.
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