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Common MythConceptions – Information Is Beautiful

Common MythConceptions World's most contagious falsehoods Bubbles size= virulence of idea (google hits) BODY FOOD HISTORY LAW MIND NATURE RELIGION SCIENCE SPORT The Vomitorium Different tongue parts Electric fan @ night Sharks = no cancer Big myth in South Korea that this is deadly. Very unlikely to harm you. Unless you put the fan in the bed. Oh yes they do get cancer. Particularly skin cancer. Not a room Romans used for Bacchanalian binges, but the name for the entrance to a stadium. There are no different sections for each taste: bitter, sour, salty, sweet & umami (savoury/meaty). Black holes Not really 'holes' but hugely dense objects with massive gravitational pull. Wake sleepwalkers? They'll be really confused, but it's okay. They'remore likely to hurt themselves if they're not awoken. Napoleon was short A tall tale. At 57", he was actually above average height for a Frenchman of the time. Bulls hate red Bulls are colour-blind. They actually react to motions of the bull fighter's cloth as a perceived threat. Missing persons reports Great Wall of China Not visible from space. Myth. Now stop saying it! Bananas grow on trees Actually grow on massive herbs that resemble trees. Bet Oil stops stuck pasta Nope. But it can stop the water foaming or boiling over. Police don't demand a 24-hour period before accepting a missing persons report. you didn't know that. Dogs sweat by salivating No. They regulate temperature through panting. They actually sweat through footpads. Body heat & the head Only in infants is most heat lost through the head. Or if the head is the only uncovered part of the body. Vikings' horned helms Actually created by a costume designer for a 19th-century Wagner opera. Bats are blind Don't be fact-blind! Bats can not only see. They can also use echolocation. That's why they're so awesome! Salieri hated Mozart Iron maidens Don't touch baby birds! Nothing like the film. They were composer friends with a little rivalry. Nothing Never were medieval torture devices, but 18th- century fakes created for sensational Birds have a limited sense of smell so won't abandon babies who 'smell' of humans. Don't eat & swim! Doesn't increase risk of cramps; alcohol is the biggest risk increaser. But a full stomach will make you short of breath. more. circuses. "Yes, I'm a cop" US undercover police do not have to identify themselves as cops. A Hollywood-induced myth. Einstein failed maths We have 5 senses MSG = headaches Nope. He failed an entrance exam for a school but still excelled in maths. We actually have close to 20, including balance, pain, movement, hunger, thirst, etc. No proof, just anecdotal evidence implicating flavour 'enhancer' monosodium glutamate. Goldfish 3-sec memory Evolution is a 'theory' In science, a 'theory' is any- AMN thing more than a conjecture. Usually an extensively tested idea uniting data from many observations. Chastity belts Not anti-adultery devices. Instead invented by prudes in the 19th century to prevent 'dangerous' masturbation. Humans & dinosaurs While not the smartest, goldfish boast a memory span of 3 months - better than Despite 41% of US adults thinking they coexisted, we actually missed each other by -63 million years. most politicans. We evolved from chimps Glass is a liquid Caffeine dehydrates you No. Along with bonobos, they are our closest living genetic relatives. A shared ancestor lived 5-8 million years ago. Actually an 'amorphous solid'. "But that's why stained-glass windows are thicker at Not really. The diuretic effect of caffeine is offset by the amount of water in a caffeinated drink. Shaving thickens hair Regrown hair isn't thicker, coarser or darker, it just appears so because it's no longer tapered. the bottom. Nope. It's just badly made glass. Sugar = hyperactivity Studies have disproved this. ADHD and poor behaviours still occurs in children with sugar-free diets. Dropped pennies kill Terminal velocity of a penny is 30-50 mph, which isn't fast enough. It would hurt, though. Vaccines cause autism Left & right brain %3D Groundless fears based on fraudulent research that's been shown to have been No solid division between talents of each hemisphere; left brain can learn 'right brain' functions & vice-versa. manipulated. Alcohol keeps you warm Only 10% of brain Misunderstood metaphor. Proportion of our brain 'firing' is task-dependent. Ultimately, all cells are important. The Three Wise Men Fatwa = death sentence It actually means 'non- binding legal opinion'. Nowhere in the New Dilates warm blood vessels Testament does it specify there were three. near the skin, creating the impression of warmth. It can drop core body temp. Milk increases mucous Salty water boils quicker Adding a sprinkle of salt to fresh water makes no difference. Huge, sea-level Satan rules Hell Alcohol kills brain cells Doesn't actually say this anywhere in the Bible. Nope. It just straight doesn't. There's no need to avoid dairy if you have a cold. Only in heavy users & alcoholics who rely on alcohol to get most of their calories. amounts do. No sex before the game! Multiple personalities Schizophrenia technically means 'split-mind', but it is different to multi- Jihad is 'holy war' It actually translates |as 'struggle. Though it does come in 'lesser' & 'greater' flavours. No evidence sex impairs athletic performance. Could even help athletes due to increased testosterone. Flushed water rotation Does not rotate the other way in the S. hemisphere. The Coriolis effect doesn't affect water in toilets. personality disorder. 7 years to digest The chewy base of gum is indigestible & passes straight through. The remainder is absorbed. Washington & weed He grew hemp to make rope & |clothes, but there's no evidence he smoked a phat one most nights. Black belts are masters Martyrs & 72 virgins Only introduced in 1880, in Judo, to show competence in basic techniques. Not ninja-level mastery. Amatter of debate in Islam. Nowhere in the Qu'ran, but is reported in other texts. from new book: Knowledge is Beautiful David McCandless // v1.1 // Sep 2014 design: Paulo Estriga, Tatjana Dubovina, Fabio Bergamaschi research: James Kennedy, Miriam Quick, Ella Hollowood, Pearl Doughty-White sources:, NYTimes, StraightDope data: find out more bitly/KIB_books

Common MythConceptions – Information Is Beautiful

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