10 Science “Facts” That Are Actually False

Most Shocking

Do you ever wonder how much of what you’ve been taught is actually true? Some notions get passed around so much and so often that eventually they’re accepted as truth, common knowledge even. Some of the things that we have heard and accepted as facts, though, turn out not to be true. A number of the untrue science “facts” on this list may surprise you. Or, maybe you were properly educated and your teachers set them straight for you long ago. To test your knowledge, let’s see if you can answer this question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? If you answered Mount Everest, so sorry, but you are incorrect. Neither Mount Everest nor Mount Kilimanjaro is the answer. Mount Everest is tallest from base to summit, but Mauna Kea(a mountain in Hawaii) is actually taller when measuring the entire mountain, including what’s under sea-level.

If your mind has just been blown and you’re questioning everything you’ve ever been taught, get used to it; each of the science myths on this list will likely cause a similarly mind-boggling reaction. If you answered the above question correct, though, congratulations you annoying know-it-all but you have an equally likely shot of being shocked by what’s on this list. A few of what’s on it may contradict what you’ve been told by friends and family and maybe even what you were taught in school. These untrue science facts are portrayed in books and movies, but many started as little more than a rumor. Only continue reading if you don’t mind having your whole world turned upside down.

10. Humans have five senses

We actually have more than that; a lot more. The jury’s still out on the exact number (it’s said to be around 20), but there are quite a few more senses that join the list of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. For example, hunger, thirst, and itch are thought to count by some and we also have nociception (the ability to sense pain), and proprioception (the sense of knowing the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and using the strength of effort to touch two body parts together without seeing them). Temperature and balance are others that make up the list.

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