Astronomer Percival Lowell believed that he was the first person to observe canals on Venus, but because of a faulty adjustment of the eyepiece of his telescope, he was in fact looking at the blood vessels in his own eye.
The ancient Egyptians thought the function of the brain was to produce snot.
There was a Christian movement in the 12th-14th centuries that believed that the God from the Old testament was in fact Satan.
The US ZIP Code 12345 belongs to the main corporate campus of General Electric. GE receives thousands of Santa letters each year from kids believing it would make most sense for Santa’s workshop to have 12345 as his ZIP code.
Humans have a tendency to find meaningful patterns in meaningless data.
Australian aboriginals have a form of execution in which they curse the offender who often dies after a few days as they believe so strongly in the ritual.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s interest in spiritualism cost him a friendship with Harry Houdini. When Houdini showed Doyle that he could reproduce the so-called mystic powers of mediums, Doyle was unconvinced, and instead, believed that Houdini himself was a psychic.
According to a 2011 poll, 32% of Russians believe that the sun orbits the earth.
A 2012 study in eastern Germany was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God.