Get Smart With Wikipedia’s List Of Common Misconceptions

Get Smart With Wikipedia’s List Of Common Misconceptions
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Replace your annoying “Did you know?” factoids with even more annoying “Actually that’s fake” corrections. Wikipedia features a massive list of common misconceptions about subjects such as history and science. I check it once a year to refresh my smugness.

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The best corrected facts include:

  • Twinkies don’t last forever; they have a shelf life of about 45 days.
  • An undercover cop is allowed to lie when you ask if they’re a cop.
  • The Immaculate Conception is about Mary’s birth, not Jesus’s, and it’s about original sin, not a virgin birth.
  • A black belt isn’t always the highest rank in a martial art.
  • The abbreviation “Xmas” was coined by medieval monks.
  • The Roman vomitorium wasn’t a room for vomiting; it was a stadium entrance.
  • Napoleon was 170cm tall, slightly above average in 1800s France.
  • It’s OK to swim right after eating.
  • Glass doesn’t actually flow. Old warped windows were made that way.
  • Shaving doesn’t make hair grow back thicker.
  • Redheads aren’t going extinct.

Of course, this is still Wikipedia, so before you rely on a fact for anything more than conversation, click through to the original source.

List of Common Misconceptions [Wikipedia]