Seven Blatant Misconceptions

We all grow up with our myths as it turns out. The British Times “uncover” seven blatant misconceptions that we have been bearing since our childhood. I found this rather interesting, so I thought I will share it with you.

1) Einstein was a bad student

Whole generations grew with the impression that the Nobel laureate physicist did not manage at school, and in fact Einstein was a very good student – especially in mathematics and physics. This perception has prevailed because Einstein graduated with 4, a grade that was later interpreted as D, while his current scale of grades was bad for his school.

2) Mice like cheese

If you ask, any child will answer with confidence that the favorite treat of mice is cheese. In fact, mice enjoy foods that are rich in sugars, as well as peanut butter and cereals. Research has shown that mice will eat pretty much anything that has minor nutritional value, so yes, mice will eat cheese.Given a choice though, mice seem to prefer sweeter treats, such as fruits or grains.

3) Napoleon was short

When we hear Napoleon, we all bring to our mind an irritable short husband – resulting in the cluster of inferiority due to height being called “Napoleon’s cluster”. The short men have made him a model, but he was not really as short as we think. According to historical data, the French general had a height of 1.58 meters, which at the time (18th-19th century) corresponded to the average height of men.

4) The electric lamp was discovered by Thomas Edison

Edison has discovered a lot of things – he’s one of the most famous inventors of all time – but the electric lamp is not one of them. In fact, he discovered the lamp almost simultaneously with the British Joseph Swan, to whom the paternity of the invention belongs.

5) Man comes from the monkeys

It was not exactly that view that Darwin had argued, although this conclusion persecuted him until today. What Darwin said was that many years ago, monkeys, chimpanzees, and man had the same ancestor.

6) The Vikings wore helmets with horns

The reality, however, is very different. According to the Jorvik Center, the tradition wanted the Vikings to be buried along with the helmets and horns they used as glasses. When their tombs were discovered in the Victorian era, it was considered that the horns were accessories for the helmets.

7) Columbus believed that the Earth is flat

And yet, this view fails the famous explorer, who may not have imagined how great the Earth is, but he certainly was not worried about falling into the gap when he reached the end.

What are some of the myths you grew up with?

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  1. December 22, 2017 / 11:52 AM

    Love this. Let’s see. My mother’s birth country has a few very interesting misconceptions, so that while I never believed them per se, they made for a very interesting contrast to normal perceptions / life. Yes, this is a European country that prides itself on using scientific knowledge and rational thought. And I’m the one without logic. Ok then. 🤣

    1. Tall people are good, short people are bad.

    2. The smaller the eyes, the more evil the person (when you think about it, the racism just writes itself really).

    3. If you don’t go to church / listen to your mother, God will punish you (we call that one a good Catholic upbringing 🤣).

    4. This one is my personal favorite, and I’ve heard it here in Hungary as well: if you go out with wet hair, unless it’s scorching outside, you will get an inflammation of the brain (and die).

    5. This is one I believed until I saw a very pretty girl being absolutely horrid. Beautiful people are also beautiful on the outside. That one had a very brief transitional period of, ugly
    people are really beautiful on the inside), until I finally realized that people are beautiful or ugly on the inside no matter how they look.

    • Eirini
      January 19, 2018 / 6:41 PM

      Hi there, I apologise for such late response. The holiday season was pretty hectic in this corner of the world.

      I hope you had a wonderful new year and Christmas

      You post made me laugh, lol

      What country is you mother’s birth place if you don’t mind me asking?

      I have actually heard 1 and 2 before hahahaha.. so discriminative and sad .. 🙁

      xx

  2. December 22, 2017 / 11:56 AM

    Oh wait. When I grew up, we all knew that Vlad Tepes was behind the Dracula myth. But when I had a Romanian boss, he told me that in Romania Vlad is and always has been revered.

    Elizabeth Báthory. We first read about her as being this bloodthirsty countess who tortured girls for their blood. Later, there were articles saying it was all rumors to diminish her power. I’m inclined to believe the latter.

    • Eirini
      January 19, 2018 / 6:42 PM

      Hahahahahahaha! This is the best one 😛

    • Eirini
      January 19, 2018 / 6:43 PM

      Happy New Year to you and your family Antonio <3 🙂

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