Okay apparently the article exists. I was feeling kinda bored today so I start my bad habit of reading trivia on the internet. There’re tons of them and I’m probably completed 0.01% of it.
Here’re some of the more interesting misconceptions (probably controversial) regarding history:
- The belief that gunpowder, even though it was a Chinese invention, was first used for war by the Europeans is a misconception. The Chinese used flamethrowers and gunpowder arrows for military purposes from the 900s onward.
Al Gore never said he invented the Internet, rather he stated: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the _initiative_ in creating the Internet.“. Vint Cerf, often called ‘the father of the Internet’, has defended the statement: “VP Gore was the first or surely among the first of the members of Congress to become a strong supporter of advanced networking while he served as Senator. As far back as 1986, he was holding hearings on this subject (supercomputing, fiber networks…) and asking about their promise and what could be done to realize them.”
(So sorry I made more than a thousand Al Gore jokes.)
And health of course:
- People do not use only ten percent of their brains. This myth is thought by some to have emerged after the discovery of glial cells in the brain, or it could have been the result of some other misunderstood or misinterpreted legitimate scientific findings, or even been the result of speculation by self-help gurus.
There is no single theory that satisfactorily explains myopia—in particular, studies show that “eyestrain” from close reading and computer games does not explain myopia. There is also no evidence that reading in dim light causes vision to deteriorate.
(That’s what I keep telling my mom, she doesn’t believe me!)
And this made me check Humpty Dumpty lyrics again:
- Nowhere in the actual nursery rhyme is Humpty Dumpty referred to as an egg.
It’s a slow news day.