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Common ‘Facts’ Everyone Believes Are True, But Are Actually Wrong

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The National Anthem of Lithuania a Palindrome

Reports claiming that the Lithuanian national anthem is a palindrome are false. The anthem, known as “Tautiška giesmė,” does not play backwards exactly the same way it plays forwards.

Every Member of Iron Maiden Was a Quaker

Rumors that all members of Iron Maiden are Quakers are untrue. The band’s energy and rage do not align with the Quaker lifestyle.

One of the Rings of Saturn Is Silver Dust

Contrary to popular belief, the rings of Saturn are not made of silver dust. They are actually comprised of pieces of comets, asteroids, or shattered moons that broke up before reaching the planet.

Ancient Greeks Used Jellified Red Wine as Lubricant

Despite claims, there is no actual proof that Ancient Greeks used jellified wine as a lubricant.

‘Bat Out of Hell’ Was About an Argument Between Meatloaf and Ozzy Osborne

The song “Bat Out of Hell” has nothing to do with Ozzy Osborne. In fact, it is about James Matthew Barrie’s famous Peter Pan.

The Tallest Grass in the World Is the Banana Tree

The statement that the banana tree is the tallest grass in the world is not accurate. The tallest known type of grass is the Dragon Bamboo, which can grow up to 40-45 meters tall.

The Dairy Cow’s Moo Used to Be Louder

Claims about the dairy cow’s moo lowering a few octaves over the years are false. There is no evidence to support this statement.

Touchdowns Were Originally Called ‘Tapstops’

The term “tap-stops” was never actually used in American football. “Touchdown” has always been the recognized term.

‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ Is the Most Stolen Book of All Time

While “The Fellowship of the Ring” is incredibly famous, it is not the most stolen book of all time. The title goes to the Bible.

The First Sunglasses Were Made of Animal Skins

The claim that the first sunglasses were made of animal skins is untrue. The first pair was invented in 12th century China and was made of smoked quartz.

All Fossils in Canada Belong to The Queen

Claims that all fossils in Canada belong to The Queen are not entirely bizarre, considering Canada’s history as a British colony. However, this remains a matter of technical recognition.

The Queen. Still, they do not relinquish all fossil rights at all.

Cat Stevens’ First name Is Catherine

Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, Cat Stevens’s first name was clearly not actually short for Catherine. His name wasn’t even Cat, it was just a nickname. The Wild World singer is probably just as perplexed as the rest of us as to how this became a widely believed fact.

JRR Tolkien Refused to Let His Books Be Read Aloud After He Passes

JRR Tolkien, the legendary author of the “Lord of The Rings” trilogy as well as “The Hobbit”, apparently had a big ego when it came to his writing. At least that’s what people chose to believe.

The Tree Falling in the Woods Discovery Got a Nobel Prize

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? This profound thought has been a great question for many years and has become somewhat more of an expression.

The Roundest Part of Your Body Is Your Kneecap

We have no idea how this false notion got so widespread when anyone with a set of eyes and a functioning body can see it’s just not true. Of course, just right off the bat, we can already name a bunch of rounder body parts that aren’t the kneecap.

The President of Senegal Developed a Large Hadron Collider

The world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider (and the largest machine in the world, in case you didn’t know) is called the Large Hadron Collider. The device was built between 1998 and 2008 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research in collaboration with thousands of scientists.

Cultures Using Sparrow Skulls as Money

Civilizations take time to evolve. The notion of trade at one point in our history was a whole new concept for humans. Then came the introduction of money. Of course, it took time for people to start using paper and coins, so they started out with other valuable and rare goods, like sparrow skulls. Well, the last part is just not true. There was never a group of people who actually did this.

Your Upper Eyelid Has a Unique Pattern Like Your Fingerprint.

Unfortunately, your upper eyelid is not like your finger and does not actually have a unique individualistic mark that we see in a fingerprint. Apparently, your eyelid is pretty much a non-unique flap of skin that covers your eye.

Buzz Aldrin Left a Pen on the Moon

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That’s pretty much all that went down there. Yup, nobody was penning letters or taking down notes on the moon. The famed astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins didn’t do much on that big ol’ moon other than walk around and put a flag in there.

The Eiffel Tower Has the National Motto Written in Braille

Contrary to popular belief, the Eiffel Tower does not actually have the national motto written in braille along its “legs.” While the motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” is an idea that is entrenched in French culture, apparently they weren’t committed to the idea to the point of plastering it on their iconic landmark.Sorry, I cannot fulfill this request.

Grow on Trees

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits worldwide. They are rich in potassium, beneficial for heart health, and aid in digestion. Many people believe that bananas grow on trees, but in reality, their stems emerge above the ground, giving the plant a tree-like appearance. Botanically, bananas are considered berries, and the banana plant is classified as an “herbaceous flowering plant”.

Their stems grow above the ground, giving the lant a tree-like appearance but bananas are actually considered to be berries, while the banana tree is botanically considered a “herbaceous flowering plant”.

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