The US two dollar bill is still being produced today. It’s apparent rarity is in part due to the common misconception that it is no longer being produced, causing people to collect them, thus pulling them out of circulation.
A “sugar high,” or hyperactivity in children as a result of sugar consumption, is a myth.
Sitting close to the TV will not damage your eyesight. The myth spread after it was discovered that tv’s made prior to 1967 emitted excessive radiation.
When trains were introduced in the U.S, many people believed that that “women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that their “uteruses would fly out of [their] bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.”
The “fact” that you eat 8 spiders a year was a social experiment to show how fast false information spreads on the internet.
Pirates rarely plundered gold, silver, and jewels. Their most common plunder was trade goods such as bolts of cloth, tanned animal skins, spices, sugar, dyes, cocoa, tobacco, cotton, and wood. That’s because most ships didn’t sail around with gold, silver, and jewels. Those things were on land, and paid for the bolts of cloth, tanned animal skins, spices, sugar, dyes, cocoa, tobacco, cotton, and wood that the sailors brought them. The military ships that occasionally did haul treasure were heavily guarded.
George Washington did not, in fact, have wooden teeth.
Fish do not have a 3 second memory – They can be taught to evade a trap and will remember how to do so a year later.
You cannot actually buy the name of a star. The International Astronomical Union is the only authority for naming celestial bodies. No countries, authorities, or scientists in the world will recognize a purchased star name.
Despite popular belief, El Dorado was not a legendary city of gold in South America, but a person. El Dorado was a tribal chief of the indigenous Muisca people, and the initiation rites to becoming chief included offering immense amounts of gold to their gods by throwing it into a holy lake, Lake Guatavita. The Conquistadores eventually found the lake and reclaimed the gold, meaning that every expedition which has set out to find the city of gold afterwards has been in vain, because the mythical riches of El Dorado have actually already been found.