18 Lies Your Teacher Told You That You Still Believe

We are told to trust our teachers, but little did our parents know that they could be wrong, too. In this article, we look at 18 supposed facts our teachers told us that have turned out to be false in our adulthood.

The First Thanksgiving Was a Harmonious Feast

Photo Credit: Drazen Zigic/Shutterstock.

The story of the first Thanksgiving is not as happy and friendly as we were told. The commonly told version ignores the complex history of conflict and disease and the suffering people experienced. Many sources, such as Business Insider, reveal that the truth is more bloody and less about eating turkey.

Christopher Columbus Discovered America

Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.

Christopher Columbus didn’t discover a land that was already home to millions of people. Indigenous American people had lived in the Americas for centuries before Columbus arrived. In fact, if anything, Columbus only started misfortune, as his arrival led to colonization and suffering.

Albert Einstein Failed Math

Photo Credit: MarkoV87/Shutterstock.

Contrary to popular belief, Albert Einstein was great at math. It’s hard to believe that someone who made so many important discoveries in physics can be bad at math. Historians have found that his early academic records show remarkably high marks in math.

You Can See the Great Wall of China from Space

Photo Credit: China zhu difeng/Shutterstock.

It’s a myth that you can see the Great Wall of China from space with the naked eye. You would still need special equipment to see it from that far away. According to the BBC, this myth even predates space exploration, meaning there can’t be any truth to it.

Bats Are Blind

Photo Credit: Photoongraphy/Shutterstock.

This misconception stems from the old saying “blind as a bat.” Bats aren’t blind; they actually see quite well. They can also use echolocation when hunting and flying in the dark. It would be like saying that just because you can hear, you can’t see.

Humans Have Five Senses

Photo Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.

We often hear that humans have just five senses, but actually, we have more. Besides the well-known senses of touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell, we also have senses like balance, temperature, proprioception (knowing where our body parts are without looking), and even pain.

Napoleon Was Short

Photo Credit: byvalet/Shutterstock.

Many people think Napoleon Bonaparte was short, but this isn’t true. He was actually about average height for a man of his time. History reports that the idea that he was short might come from British propaganda or confusion over different measuring systems between France and Britain.

The Salem Witch Trials Burned Witches at the Stake

Photo Credit: Yingna Cai/Shutterstock.

The truth is, Salem mostly hanged its accused witches, not burned them. This idea likely comes from mixing up the Salem trials with witch trials in Europe, where burning was more common.

Thomas Edison Invented the Light Bulb

Photo Credit: REDPIXEL.PL/Shutterstock.

While some people might disagree, Edison didn’t invent the light bulb; he only made it better and more useful for everyday people. Before Edison, other inventors had already been working on light bulbs for years.

Chameleons Change Color to Blend In

Photo Credit: Kurit afshen/Shutterstock.

Chameleons are famous for changing their colors, but it’s not just for camouflage, as many believe. Instead, chameleons change colors for various reasons, like communicating with other chameleons, regulating their body temperature, or even showing their mood and health. The ability to blend into their environment is just a small part of why chameleons change color.

Goldfish Have a 3-second Memory

Photo Credit: Mirek Kijewski/Shutterstock.

Goldfish remember way more than just the last three seconds. If this myth were true, they would not be able to learn and remember tasks. For example, goldfish can be taught to swim through mazes and distinguish between different shapes, colors, and sounds.

Vikings Wore Horned Helmets

Photo Credit: Fernando Cortes/Shutterstock.

Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets; that’s just a myth from modern culture, particularly movies. There is no archaeological evidence supporting horned helmets, with the first sightings of horned helmets having been in 19th-century art and opera. Actual scientifically discovered Viking helmets were hornless.

The Tongue Has Specific Taste Zones

Photo Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.

This fact is widely taught around the world, but it is far from the truth. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your whole tongue can taste sweet, salty, bitter, and sour, not just certain parts. Multiple recent high-quality studies show taste receptors are all over the tongue.

We Only Use 10% of Our Brains

Photo Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.

This myth likely comes from a misunderstanding of how different parts of the brain work. In reality, every part of the brain has a known function, whether it’s for processing sensory information, controlling movements, or facilitating complex thoughts and emotions.

The Iron Maiden Was a Medieval Torture Device

Photo Credit: Diego Grandi/Shutterstock.

The iron maiden, often shown as a medieval torture device, has little historical evidence supporting its use during the Middle Ages. From what history can tell us, it’s more likely that it was a 19th-century invention, possibly created as a sensational exhibit for museums or collections, rather than a tool for execution or interrogation.

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

The belief that lightning never strikes the same place twice is completely false. In reality, lightning often targets the same locations, especially if they are tall and isolated. For instance, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning multiple times each year. This saying is more about telling us to make use of opportunities than a hard scientific fact.

Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

Shaving doesn’t change how thick your hair grows back; it just looks that way because you are comparing your new hair to your shaved skin. If this myth were true, it would mean you would grow new hair follicles every time you shave. Sounds a little scary, if you ask me.

The Five-Second Rule for Dropped Food

Photo Credit: New Africa/Shutterstock.

The five-second rule isn’t a real thing; dropped food can pick up germs right away. Bacteria aren’t like insects, meaning they don’t disperse when food falls on them. They simply attach. Think of them as sand rather than beads.

Read More: 21 Things That Will Be Lost Forever When The Boomer Generation is Gone

Photo Credit: Olena-Yakobchuk/Shutterstock.

Baby boomers grew up in a vastly different culture, so they have what younger generations consider strange habits. An internet survey recently asked, “What will die with boomers?” Here are the top 22 answers.

21 Things That Will Be Lost Forever When The Boomer Generation is Gone

18 Common Phrases That Signals Support for Trump

Photo Credit: Steve Sykes/Shutterstock.

Understanding the unique language of politics, particularly among Trump supporters, can provide valuable insights into the nation’s current state. Here’s a deeper look into 17 phrases you’ll likely only hear from this demographic.

18 Common Phrases That Signals Support for Trump

17 Religious Facts People Get Wrong All the Time

Photo Credit: Viorel Sima/Shutterstock.

Religious beliefs and practices are often misunderstood, leading to common misconceptions. Some are just too general, others are downright out there. So, we’ll be correcting 17 widely circulated ‘facts’ about world religions.

17 Religious Facts People Get Wrong All the Time

Why People Aren’t Religious Anymore: 15 Simple Reasons

Photo Credit: Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock.

As society evolves, so does our approach to spirituality. This article looks at the subtle yet profound shift from traditional religious adherence to a more personal, evidence-based belief system.

Why People Aren’t Religious Anymore: 15 Simple Reasons

17 American Attractions That Not Even Americans Want to Visit

Photo Credit: Jihan Nafiaa Zahri/Shutterstock.

The United States of America—land of the free, home of the brave, and the location of some of the most ‘unique’ tourist attractions you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Get ready to chuckle, scratch your head, and maybe even facepalm as we look at 17 American attractions that not even Americans think are worth visiting.

17 American Attractions That Not Even Americans Want to Visit