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?