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15 Things You Were Taught In School That Were Actually Lies

1. Human evolution.

Most of us were shown a photo like this in school that showed an ape evolving into a man. This isn’t actually the case though, the truth is that humans and apes evolved from common species and even though were 99% related, we didn’t actually derive from apes themselves.

2. Isaac Newton discovering gravity.

We were all told this story in school about how Isaac Newton discovered gravity. Well, it didn’t actually happen. There is no recorded proof that this happened and Newton actually and he spent around two years on his theory of universal gravity.

3. The Pilgrims coming to America.

The Pilgrims left England as they were trying to separate from the church but the part of the story that is often left out is that they went to Holland, where the separatists had religious freedom but they decided to go to America because they feared their children were losing their English heritage.

4. Columbus proving the earth is round.

Columbus didn’t actually sail around the ocean to prove the earth was round. It was already pretty common knowledge and it had been written 2,000 years before in Ancient Greece.

5. Einstein failed maths.

Most of us have heard the rumour about Einstein failing Maths at school. This wasn’t actually true, it was probably made up to encourage students to stick with maths. He got very good grades and by the time he was 11-years-old (year 7) he was reading college-level physics books.

6. Slave workers built to pyramids.

Everyone was taught about the pyramids and the history of them throughout school. Recent research suggests that the builders were actually paid well and were well fed and workers who died during labour were even buried in a tomb nearby. So not all of the stories we got told in school are actually true and if this theory is correct, the pyramid workers weren’t treated badly.

7. Viewing the Great Wall.

The Great Wall of China can’t actually be seen by the naked eye from space. Although a few parts were visible in a photo taken by an astronaut, it can’t actually be seen. You can however, see desert roads and long bridges.

8. Christopher Columbus discovered America.

Christopher Columbus didn’t actually discover America. Leif Ericson, who was born around 400 years before Columbus, travelled the globe and landed on what is now known as Canada. They only survived a few hundred years, probably because of conflict with natives.

9. Blue veins.

The fact you have blue veins, actually has nothing to do with the amount of oxygen in your body. They just appear blue to the naked eye because of the way light penetrates the skin. Blood is ALWAYS red.

10. Edison invented the lightbulb.

Thomas Edison usually get sole credit for the invention of the light bulb. However, 70 years prior, Humphry Davey had invented the arc light. There were several people working on plans for light bulbs, meaning Edison didn’t invent them. It just happens that Edison and his team came up with the perfect formula.

11. Humans have 5 senses.

Humans actually have up to 20 senses, including sense of space, vibration, time, direction and temperature. We don’t just have 5 (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch).

12. Toilet flushing around the world.

The water doesn’t actually flush down the drain in the opposite direction in different hemispheres. It might do in certain places but that’s only because of the shape and angle of the bowl.

13. The Trojan Horse.

The theory is that the Greeks offered their enemy a giant horse as a gift and the gift was supposedly filled with soldiers who took the town. This story was probably just a myth.

14. Space is zero gravity.

Astronauts are able to float in space but there isn’t zero gravity. There is still a bit of gravity up there, it just diminishes the further away from earth you go.

15. We only use 10% of our brains.

A lot of people believe that a large portion of are brains aren’t actually used, however, the entire brain is active all day long. So don’t always believe what you see in movies.

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