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14 Facts You Believe Are True But They Are Actually False

Updated on April 20, 2017

In the era of fake news, photoshop and internet sensations how can anyone believe anything anymore? Now here is a list of facts you have believed to be true that are actually false. Prepare to have your mind blown when you learn which facts you have probably believed for years are actually not true at all. From history facts to animals read on to learn more about these false facts and get the real story.

Fact Believed: Napoleon was short.

Truth: This is a commonly accepted fact and by today's standard's this would be correct. But at 5'6" he was downright average height for a Frenchman of his era and generation. His height was not imposing but it was also nit considered short or undersized at the time so the man credited with the original "little man" complex wasn't little at all.

Fact Believed: 3 wise men visited the baby Jesus at his birth.

Truth: The Bible does not actually specify anywhere at all that there in exactly three wise men that brought gifts to the newborn Jesus. The Bible discusses wise men, gifts but never states the number three.

Fact Believed: There are left brain and right brain skills.

Truth: There is no clear division of the talents between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Each side of the brain can learn the skills of the other side.

Fact Believed: When you flush a toilet in the southern hemisphere the water rotates the opposite direction.

Truth: The water does not rotate differently in each hemisphere. The Coriolis effect does not impact water in toilets.

Fact Believed: Iron maiden torture devices were used in medieval times.

Truth: There is no evidence that these devices existed as torture devices in medieval times. They were created in the 18th century as fake displays for sensational circuses.

Fact Believed: Ancient Viking helmets were adorned with horns.

Truth: The first known Viking helmets with horns were created by a costume designer for a 19th century Wagner opera. This portrayal of Vikings with horns on their helmets is so accepted that it is even part of the Minnesota Vikings football logo and countless sports teams' logos all with horns.

Fact Believed: The Great Wall of China is visible from space.

Truth: The wall, while very impressive, cannot be seen from orbit. No man made structure is visible from orbit. You can, however, see lights from cities from space.

Fact Believed: Slaves built the pyramids of Egypt.

Truth: Egyptologists have learned that only the most skilled and respected laborers were granted the honor of working on the pyramids. These workers were so respected for their work that they were actually entombed for burial near the base of the pyramids.

Fact Believed: You need to wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming to avoid cramps.

Truth: Eating and then swimming does not increase your chances of experiencing cramps. A bigger risk factor is actually alcohol consumption. A full stomach can make you short of breath if you exercise immediately after eating.

Fact Believed: It is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker.

Truth: They are more likely to become injured if you don't wake them. They will be confused when you wake them but will be perfectly alright.

Fact Believed: Bulls hate the color red.

Truth: Bulls are actually color blind and cannot see the color red. It is the aggressive actions and movements of the bull fighter that prompts the bull to charge not the color of the cape.

Fact Believed: Bats are blind and use their sonar to "see".

Truth: Bats do use their "sonar, called echolocation but they can also see with their eyes. This ability to have double vision ability is pretty awesome.

Fact Believed: We have 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Truth: Scientists have determined that we each have at least 21 different senses including balance, pain and temperature. We are much more complex with our senses that we have been taught to understand.

Fact Believed: Dogs sweat through panting and salivating.

Truth: Actually dogs regulate their temperature by panting but sweat through their footpads.

I hope you found something interesting in this list of facts that are not really facts. There are so many fascinating true facts in our world and new discoveries happen all the time! These commonly accepted facts have been around a long time in general and are based in old wives tales, movie and other entertainment portrayals. While none of the "facts" on this list are harmful but is better, and more interesting, to know the real truth.


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