As the old adage goes, you shouldn’t believe everything you see — especially on the internet. This infographic from Information Is Beautiful gathers 62 widespread misconceptions, myths and fallacies that the world stubbornly refuses to let go of. How many did you think were true?
The below infographic comes from David McCandless at Information Is Beautiful. It lists 62 common misconceptions and reveals how virulent they are based on the number of Google searches. The more a certain myth has been Google searched, the larger the coloured icon will be. (Although wouldn’t a Google search suggest that the user is uncertain and/or skeptical about something?)
Some are based on literacy (a “steep learning curve” actually means something is quick and easy to learn) while others are about science and biology. (Bulls, being colour-blind, are not enraged by the colour red.)
You can check out the full list of myths below. There’s also an interactive version on the Information Is Beautiful website, which you can find a link to at the bottom of the page.
So how many of these myths did you believe in? The Vomitorium one was news to me.
Common MythConceptions [Information Is Beautiful]