Mental Floss Debunks 50 Common Misconceptions – A Highly Stimulating Friday Funny

Mental Floss is healthy for your brain – John Green blows 50 misconceptions out of the water in about 5 minutes. As I watched this, I realized how many sermons I’ve heard where misconceptions in need of mental floss were trotted out as amazing facts. I’ve heard at least a half-dozen of these in church including numbers 1,2,3,5,7, and 9 below. Here are the top 10 myths he busted for me:

  1. Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake,” when told peasants were starving due to lack of bread.
  2. Napoleon wasn’t a shorty. He was 5’7″ – slightly above average at his time.
  3. Albert Einstein did not fail math in school. When asked about it he said, “Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus.”
  4. Sushi does not mean raw fish, it means sour rice.
  5. The Great Wall of China is not the only man-made object visible from space. Many man-made objects are visible from space & the Great Wall isn’t one of them.
  6. Throwing rice at weddings does not lead to birds eating the rice, the rice expanding in their bellies and killing them.
  7. Humans have more than 5 senses, including a sense of time, acceleration, and limb position.
  8. Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker.
  9. People do not use only 10% of their brains.
  10. If you throw a penny off the Empire State Building it will not kill somebody. Terminal velocity of a penny is 30 mph.
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