Facts Most People Get Wrong
1.) The capital of Australia isn't Sydney, it's Canberra.
2.) The black boxes in planes are not black – they are actually orange. This is to help investigators locate it by sight if necessary after a crash.
3.) Pirates didn’t walk the plank nor did they make the people they kidnapped walk the plank. Walking the plank is actually a myth. When a pirate wanted to dispose of someone, they simply toss them overboard.
4.) The sound that you hear when you snap your fingers is not caused by the connection of your two fingers – it is the sound of your middle finger hitting the base of your thumb.
5.) Chameleons change colour to match their surroundings - oops, wrong! They actually change as a response to mood, temperature, communication and light, not the object they are touching.
6.) The glow surrounding the head of a saint in religious imagery is more technically known as a nimbus or gloriole. Halo is also right but it is a more generic term that applies to non-religious items.
7.) When a person is extremely angry, their face turns ashen (pale) not red.
8.) Generator does not generate electricity. A generator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. When the generator operates, it causes electrons already present in the wires and circuit to flow from through the circuit. Think of it this way: A heart does not create blood but merely pumps it along the veins of a body. Similarly, a generator facilitates the flow of electrons but does not create the electrons.
9.) Einstein was awarded the Nobel prize, not for his theory of relativity but for his less well known work on the photoelectric effect of light.
10.) "Einstein failed math at school" - this is a surprisingly old error which everyone seems to believe. Its origins seem to be a 1935 article in the Ripley’s Believe it or not magazine in which the myth first appears in print under the heading “Greatest living mathematician failed in mathematics.” Many failing students probably take heart in the myth thinking that there may be hope for them if Einstein could flunk math and still become a genius, but unfortunately for them, Einstein showed genius from a very young age – including in the field of mathematics. When he was shown the article from the magazine, Einstein laughed and said: “I never failed in mathematics. Before I was fifteen, I had mastered differential and integral calculus.” So guys, let's remove that way of thinking 'kay?
That's all for now folks. Adios, hippos!