Ah, those were days. Those were the days when we used to walk into our classrooms and inhale the chalk powder lingering in the air and spend our time trying to keep our eyes open while simultaneously avoiding the sound of textbook pages being turned because we knew that action was involuntary for us. Those….were the days. Or were they? We were taught many things in school. Not making an effort to listen is one thing but actually learning a thing or two did us good back then…or maybe even now! But did you know…that not everything we were taught was the absolute truth? Yes, ex-kids, textbooks and teachers did lie; although not on purpose; but they still did! Here are 10 lies taught in school:
#1 THERE IS NO GRAVITY IN SPACE
Well, science begs to differ. Do you know why astronauts “float” in space? That’s because they’re not actually “floating”. They’re “free-falling”; much like they would if they were under the influence of a gravitational pull. Scientifically speaking, objects that appear weightless are in a state of free-fall! And besides, gravity; though weak; is what’s responsible for holding the moon’s orbit in place. The Earth’s gravity holds the moon in its orbit! Well, go figure!
#2 DIAMONDS ARE FORMED FROM COMPRESSED COAL
Oh no. We did not spend hours trying to learn the concept of the formation of coal just so that we can be told that’s not entirely right; not that it makes a difference now. Layers of carbon trapped inside the Earth during its formation is the most likely source. Moreover, many diamonds are dated to be older than the actually decomposed materials that formed coal. Uh oh. So much for Chemistry 101.
#3 THOMAS EDISON INVENTED THE LIGHTBULB
Officially and practically, yes. Technically, no. At least, not entirely. Edison actually bought the patent for Heinrich Goebel’s incandescent light bulb from his widowed wife. Meanwhile, 22 others had already experimented with incandescent light, including Nikola Tesla. But it is true what they say; Edison found 200 ways on how not to make a light bulb but only way on how to. You go, Tom!
#4 VAN GOGH SLICED OFF HIS EAR WHILE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS
You would’ve definitely come across this bit of trivia if you were art or a liberal arts student. The famous artist’s ear was sadly sliced off but not by the artist himself! Fellow artist Paul Gauguin cut it off during a sword fight. People thought his mental illness was the reason behind it but only until after his death did the truth resurface as the two had sworn a pact of silence about this little incident. Um. Ouch.
#5 CHAMELEONS CAMOUFLAGING IS A SIGN OF DANGER AND HIDING
This might sound a little bit ridiculous but trying to be absolutely accurate here! We all know that chameleons blend into their environment by virtue of camouflage, however; the reason behind this untimely phenomenon is rather amusing and unexpected! The color change is a method of communicating mating behavior. It also regulates temperature i.e. they camouflage into something dark in order to absorb heat. Clever!
#6 COLUMBUS PROVED THAT THE WORLD WAS ROUND AND NOT FLAT
As much as we’d like to believe that Christopher Columbus was the first man to prove that the world is round because let’s face it, he was pro-voyager; we’d still be totally wrong in doing so. Ancient Greek mathematicians proved the very same thing 200 years earlier. Oh and here’s another shocker you may have known: Columbus didn’t discover America; Viking Leif Erikson did, in 1000 A.D. But honestly, even we don’t travel as much as he did back in the day. Sad. Aye, that be true!
#7 SWEET, SALTY, BITTER, AND SOUR ARE DETECTED ON DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TONGUE
Yes, we all remember that diagram that split the tongue into various segments and portions indication which one is associated with which taste! The truth is, the entire surface detects face equally! That’s why we are able to taste complex things like Umami which actually glutamate! The tongue can also detect spoilt food as proteins on its surface help exhibit uneasy sourness! Tongues; whatever will we do without them!
#8 ABRAHAM LINCOLN STRONGLY OPPOSED SLAVERY
No doubt he was one of the best Presidents in the history of the United States. He supported the African-American community like no other during his era and was honest in his ways and dealing and propagandas. He is also known as the President who stood stoic against slavery. But apparently, he just wanted to save the union. In 1862 he wrote, “If I could save the union without freeing any slave, I would do it.” His proclamation that “all slaves should be free” only applied to ones in confederate states! Honest Abe much?
#9 NEWTON DISCOVERED GRAVITY AFTER AN APPLE FELL ON HIS HEAD
Oh how much our teachers loved to tell us fables, even in science! In the case of Newton, well it’s true, an apple was involved. But he just “witnessed” and apple falls off a tree which aided him to devise his theory of gravity. The man was not that diabolical that he didn’t ever notice anything fall and not wonder about a force that caused it! The apple wasn’t the trigger; only a “eureka” moment; like someone hit him on the head with a baseball bat! Looks like we’re coming full circle with gravity! Don’t fly off just yet! These lies taught in school are lies or some great techniques developed by the teachers to intice our attention?
#10 HUMANS HAVE EVOLVED AND DESCENDED FROM CHIMPANZEES
Oh, the one we hear all the time! Newsflash; not entirely true! We do share a common ancestry with chimps but we do not directly descend from the species. At one point in history, the two species diverge into two different lineages. And for almost 6 million years after that, human and chimps evolved separately! Whoo! But we aren’t that different! These lies taught in school were so much believable that time.
There you have it! 10 lies taught in school. You may or may not have been aware of the above but, now you know! Completely random but, completely relevant in a unique way! Go on! See if you can defy of the other things that you blatantly believed in school! And just have fun! 😉
These were the top lies taught in school. Do you agree with us?