25 Things You Thought Were True But Really Aren’t

We all have misconceptions. It’s part of the human condition…rumors and myths propagate rapidly. But, hopefully in the next few minutes we’ll dispel some of them. No, the Great Wall of China can’t be seen from space. No, goldfish don’t have a 1 second memory, and yes, a duck’s quack does in fact echo. These are 25 things you thought were true but really aren’t.

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Deoxygenated blood is blue

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Although it can appear blue with the right lighting it is actually dark red.

19

Chameleons change color to match their surroundings

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While they do change color, its actually due to physiological and emotional changes.

18

Humans have five senses

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The total number of senses varies depending upon the scientist you’re asking. Nociception and proprioception are two examples of “extra” senses, but one things is for sure…we have more than five.

17

Mother birds will abandon baby birds if you touch them

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Most people think it’s because of your smell but this is wrong. Baby birds don’t get abandoned just because a human touches them.

16

Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth

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Ok, so if you measure height above sea level, Mt. Everest really is the highest. If you measure from base to summit though, it would be Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It’s just that most of it is under water.

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