The Buddha himself was not a vegetarian and did not urge his disciples to become vegetarian either. In matter of fact, earlier teachings actually encourage the consumption of meat. Even today, you’ll find Buddhists who still eat meat willingly.
Eritrea, not North Korea, scores as the country with the least media freedom in the world.
When you hear the term “world’s oldest profession”, you immediately think prostitution, right? However, according to anthropologists, the real “world’s oldest profession” is actually… witch doctor!
Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.
The idea of left brain (logical) and right brain (creative) has no basis in neuroscience and is in fact a myth.
Tinfoil hats not only don’t block radio waves, but have actually been shown to amplify them.
The Bermuda Triangle has as many disappearances as any other place in the ocean of a similar size and many of the mysteries attributed to it happened outside of the triangle.
The notion that goldfish have a memory of a few seconds is nonsense. In fact, they can be trained to react to light signals and perform tricks…
As opposed to Internet “lore”, many of the “weird similarities” between the Lincoln assassination and the Kennedy assassination are fabricated, “Anatadaephobia”, or the fear that somewhere a duck is watching you, does not exist, and the name of the fear of long words is not “Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia”.
The first Thanksgiving to occur in the Americas happened in Florida, not Plymouth Rock. It was celebrated by Spanish explorers and Timucua Indians.
In South Korea, it is commonly and incorrectly believed that sleeping in a closed room with an electric fan running can be fatal. According to the Korean government, “In some cases, a fan turned on too long can cause death from suffocation, hypothermia, or fire from overheating.” The Korea Consumer Protection Board issued a consumer safety alert recommending that electric fans be set on timers, direction changed and doors left open. Belief in fan death is common even among knowledgeable medical professionals in Korea. According to Yeon Dong-su, dean of Kwandong University’s medical school, “If it is completely sealed, then in the current of an electric fan, the temperature can drop low enough to cause a person to die of hypothermia.” Whereas an air conditioner transfers heat from the air and cools it, a fan moves air without change of temperature to increase the evaporation of sweat. Leaving a fan running in an unoccupied room will not cool it; in fact, due to energy losses from the motor and viscous dissipation, a fan will slightly heat a room.