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1. The air we breathe in is mostly nitrogen, not oxygen. Dry air contains roughly (by volume) 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.038% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases.
2. There is an old myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice. This is of course, false. If there’s thunderstorm, areas that are more prominent and conductive will naturally attract lightning. The Empire State Building in New York City gets hit by lightning about 100 times a year.
3. The Coriolis effect does not determine the direction that water travels in your sinks and toilets. The Coriolis effect is only significant at large scales such as weather systems and oceanic currents. Also, often times toilet bowls are injected with water at an angle, which causes the water to move at excessive speeds, which cannot be significant affected by the Coriolis effect. It appears the Simpsons were wrong on this one.
4. The myth that goldfish only have a memory of three seconds is false. Goldfish have an outstanding memory and sources tell GNW that the entire goldfish community is getting quite upset about this growing misconception.
5. Bats are not blind. Much like the goldfish myth, this is a misconception that never seems to be cleared up. Bats do use echolocation to help them see, but all bats have eyes and are fully capable of sight.
6. The Great Wall of China is not visible from the Moon. While we never personally went up to the moon, several other people have and helped us confirm this misconception. No man made objects are visible from the Moon, however, earth orbiting astronauts have gone on record stating that they’ve seen it.
7. Barack Obama is not a Muslim. If you thought he was, don’t sweat it as approx. 25% of American believe he is as well. The Prez is a “devout Christian” who prays every day.
8. There is no historical evidence that supports the notion that Vikings wore horns on their heads. What more can you say?
9. Bulls are not enraged by the colour red, as all cattle are red-green colour blind. The reason bulls get irritated by the cape is due to the way Matador’s maneuver the cape and has nothing to do with the colour.
10. A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building does not have the potential to kill anyone nor will it have the velocity to crack the sidewalk.
11. We thought we’d save the best for last. The most iconic phrase in film history may go to Darth Vader and his epic line from The Empire Strikes Back: “Luke, I am your Father”. While this line has become almost as iconic as the movies itself, the line was not originally intended to be said that way. The actual quote was supposed to read, “No, I am your father”. In the radio adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back, the line is read out “No Luke. I am your father”. The addition of the name Luke really does add to the line, and we’re glad James Earl Jones threw in an ad-lib on this one. While this is a small misconception, we are glad to say that there is no misconception regarding the fact Darth Vader is indeed Luke Skywalker’s father.