20 Things you always believe that simply aren’t true
2/10/2014 2:59:00 PM
Did you know that humans have more than five senses? George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth and swimming within an hour of eating doesn’t actually lead to cramps or drowning. We found a list of 20 Things you always believe that simply aren’t true (more via Buzzfeed). Here are our favorites:
At 5’7”, he was actually slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time. Some think that he was nicknamed “le Petit Caporal” (which translates to “The Little Corporal”) as a term of affection.
1. It’s not actually harmful to pick up baby birds and return them to their nests, and it will not cause their mother to reject them.
Birds don’t really have a very powerful sense of smell, so they wouldn’t even know if you handled their babies. It’s still a good idea to leave baby birds alone, though, since their parents are probably close by.
2. Chameleons don’t actually change their color to blend in with their surroundings.
3.The color orange is named after the fruit, not the other way around.
4. People think penguins mate for life. They don’t.
Some penguins stay monogamous for the duration of mating seasons, but very few stay monogamous for their entire lives.
5. Humans have more than five senses. The actual number ranges from 9 to over 20.
Everyone knows sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, but humans can also sense balance and acceleration, pain, body and limb position, and relative temperature, as well as a number of more minor senses.
6. Not everyone in Columbus’ time thought the world was flat.
7. It’s not true that people only use 10% of their brains.
8. It doesn’t take seven years to digest chewing gum. It’s actually not digestible, and just passes right through your system.
9. George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth.
He did have dentures, but they were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).
10. There wasn’t actually any widespread panic following the first broadcast of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds.
Only a very small share of the radio audience was even listening to it. There were isolated reports of incidents but no widespread panic.
11. Bats are not blind.
12.Your fingers don’t wrinkle in water because the skin is absorbing water and swelling.
13.Sunflowers don’t actually track the sun across the sky.
14. Redheads are not going extinct. Neither are blondes.
15. When John F. Kennedy’s said, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” nobody actually interpreted it as “I am a jelly doughnut.”
16. “420” is not the Los Angeles police or penal code for marijuana use.
17. Swimming within an hour of eating doesn’t actually lead to cramps or drowning.
18. Vikings didn’t actually have horns on their helmets.
19. The Earth doesn’t revolve around the Sun. It’s actually revolving around the solar system’s center of mass.
20. The story about NASA developing a space pen whilst the Russians used a pencil is untrue. NASA also used pencils.
The first space pen was developed privately by the Fisher Pen Company.