There’s so much general knowledge on the internet that the best thing to do is take it all with a grain of salt. This is especially true in an age of fake news and easily manipulated information and images.
The best thing to do is wear your skeptical hat at all times, that way you won’t be shocked when you find out some pretty mind-blowing truths.
Having said that, get settled comfortably. You’re about to have some common misconceptions torn apart. Here are 12 things that prove your life, and everything you think you know, is a lie:
1. Chupa Chups isn’t an American company. It was actually created by Enric Bernat, from Barcelona, Spain. In fact, the first logo for this lollipop was designed by Salvador Dali.
2. The memory span of a goldfish is not 3 seconds long. This is a common myth. Studies show that these little fish are capable of retaining associative memories for up to 6 days.
3. Owls have surprisingly long legs. You know they can turn their heads at a pretty impressive angle (close to 300 degrees). But did you know they have tons of legs hiding under their fluffy feathery bodies? Take a look at this handsome owl demonstrating his leg length for us.
4. Regular flying moths don’t eat fabric. If you see a grown moth, don’t panic and assume it’s torn a hole in your clothes. Their offspring are the ones that eat through clothing. After their eggs hatch, the tiny moth babies eat their way through your drawers.
5. Paving blocks. This picture shows how wet concrete gets turned into the illusion of blocks using a pretty clever rig. Everything I thought I knew was a lie this whole time!
6. Potato chips aren’t 100% potato. Have you ever tried to make potato chips at home and noticed how different they are from the ones sold at the supermarket? This is because commercially sold chips contain starch, flour, and water to improve and prolong their crunchy texture.
7. Diamonds aren’t a big deal. A company called De Beers has a global monopoly over diamonds. They run every diamond mine in the world and they choose the prices, setting them high just because they can.
8. Hello Kitty might not be a cat. Think about it. We never see her in all fours, she acts like a human girl, and she owns a pet cat. She’s clearly an original creature design, sort of like a Pokemon.
9. The Earth isn’t a perfectly round shape. It’s actually shaped more like a potato when you level the sea surface (this is called a geoid).
10. This is what towels look like in the store. When you think about it, it’s kind of brilliant! This makes sense for some stores with high shelves or a high shoplifting risk.
11. There’s a difference between Coke in cans and Coke in glass bottles. If you’ve noticed that Coke tastes different when drank out of different containers, well, you were right to think this. Studies show that aluminum cans absorb part of the taste and smell of Coke.
12. There’s gravity in space. It’s only a small amount, but it’s there. In fact, astronauts aboard the ISS, as well as their vessel, are falling very slowly.