10 Lies You Were Taught In School
Millions of kids are returning back to school today after their holiday break but did you know that what you’re being taught or have been taught in school may be a lie? Scandalous. I know. Check out these 10 lies you were taught in school:
There is no gravity in space. | Though weaker, gravity is responsible for holding the moon in orbit. Objects that appear weightless are actually in a state of free fall. (Source: Nasa.Gov)
Diamonds are formed from compressed coal. | Carbon trapped inside the earth at the planet’s formation is the most likely source. Most diamonds are dated older than the plants that went on to form coal. (Source: Geology.com)
Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. | Edision BOUGHT the patent for Heinrich Goebel’s incandescent bulb from the inventor’s widow. 22 others had already experimented with incandescent light, including Nikola Tesla. (Source: Business Insider/Whose Choice Is It? By Dawill Estimable)
Van Gogh sliced off his ear while suffering mental illness. | Fellow artist Paul Gauguin cut it off with a sword during a fight. The truth only surfaced after his death because the pair swore apact of silence. (Source: The Telegraph)
Chameleons hide by changing color to camouflage with their surroundings. | Color change is a method of communicating threats or mating behavior. Also used to regulate temperature – they become darker to absorb more heat. (Source: Live Science/Wired)
Columbus proved the world was round rather than flat. | Ancient Greek mathematicians had found that the world was round 2000 years earlier. Columbus didn’t discover America either, it was founded by viking Leif Erikson in 1000AD (Source: Live Science/BBC)
Sweet, salt, bitter, and sour are detected on different parts of tongue. | The entire surface equally detects 5 tastes, including Umami – the taste of glutamate. A protein living on the tongue detects sourness, warning us of rotten food.
Abraham Lincoln was strongly opposed to slavery. | In 1862 he wrote, “If I could save the union without freeing any salve I would do it.” His proclamation that all slaves should be free applied only to those in confederate states.
Newton discovered gravity after an apple fell on his head. | Newton devised his theory after witnessing an apple falling from a tree. He had already realized objefcts could not move unless affected by some force. (Source: The Independent)
Humans are descended from chimpanzees. | We share a common ancestor with chimpanzees, however the 2 species diverged into 2 lineages. The 2 species began to form separately up to 6 million years ago. (Source: LiveScience/Science Mag)
Crazy, right? It’s scary what we really don’t know, especially when we’re taught lies from such a young age. What are your thoughts on these lies you were probably taught in grade school?