I saw this the other day on GorillaMask and it just tickled me for some reason.
It's a Wiki list of common misconceptions. The greatest thing about it? It's on Wikipedia, so who the hell knows if they are true or not. Isn't the internets a wonderful place to live?
Here are some of my favorites:
- Apparently, the folks in the time of Christopher Columbus didn't really believe that the Earth was flat. I mean, some of them probably did. The silly folk, if you know what I mean. But it looks as if the scholarly people of the time believed in the idea of a spherical Earth. My 4th grade teacher is in for a fucking beating.
- Searing meat doesn't seal in the flavor. I was always suspicious of that one. Seems that you sear the meat to add flavor via the Maillard reaction. Yeah.
- So if I go to get a hooker, right. Um, and I ask him or her (don't judge me!) if they are a cop, right. Um, and they say "no", right. They can still arrest me, because they don't have to reveal themselves to avoid entrapment. Good thing I stay away from those, um, situations. Eh?
- "There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark."
- Shaving doesn't cause your hair to grow in thicker and more coarse. It's just the jagged end of the hair follicle that makes it seem like it is more coarse when it grows back in. Shaving your balls, however, can be a sad and dangerous way to pass a lonely Saturday night.
- Lemmings don't participate in mass suicides during migration by jumping off cliffs. This fallacy was largely made up by the soulless folks at Disney and the documentary film White Wilderness. Another reason to hate that freakin' rat.
- The Sahara isn't the largest desert in the world. It's the largest HOT desert in the world. Huh? I thought all deserts were boiling pits of Hell. Not so. Antarctica is actually the world's largest desert. It is a body of land that doesn't have liquid water available for plants and animals to use to live. That is sufficient to classify it as a desert. My whole world is crashing down around me!
- The Immaculate Conception doesn't refer to the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary, but rather it refers to the conception of Mary herself as she was was born without the stain of original sin. I'm not sure I really understand that, but it certainly tells me that I wasn't paying attention in Religious Education classes very well.
- Thomas Crapper didn't invent the flushable toilet. Yeah, I thought someone was pulling my leg on that one. I'm sure it was just a made-up name, er...wait! Holy shit! There really was a Thomas Crapper who was a plumber! And, and, and....HE INVENTED SOMETHING CALLED A BALLCOCK!!! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. It's a common misconception that only the cool kids are doing it. So you should try it too. See what I did there? ;)