Do you think you know the Earth’s tallest mountain? Or how many senses humans have? Well, think again. It turns out a lot of the things we thought we knew about the world are nothing more than myths. Yep, many of the “facts” we’ve taken to be true have no basis in reality whatsoever. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. It's time to debunk them, once and for all.
40. Thomas Edison created the first-ever lightbulb
So many inventions are attributed to Thomas Edison, but there’s a notable one that shouldn’t be. Many people think he came up with the lightbulb, yet someone else beat him to the punch — and by some margin.
The man behind the original lightbulb was Warren de La Rue. He came up with the contraption almost four decades before Edison's attempt. We hope that switches on a light for you!
39. Hearing Mozart in the womb makes babies smarter
Expectant parents naturally want the best for their unborn babies, so they’ll do what they can to aid their development. Some people even play their baby Mozart in the hope that it’ll make their little one more intelligent.
But there isn’t actually any evidence to suggest that this does anything to boost their brain cells. The good news is you don’t have to feel guilty anymore for listening to Prince... around your unborn anyway.
38. Mice favor cheese over anything else
We’ve all grown up watching cartoons where mice steal little chunks of cheese, so who are we to blame for this piece of misinformation? Even so, this isn’t at all based on reality.
There’s no scientific evidence to suggest the little critters prefer cheese to anything else. In fact, it’s more likely that they’d be happier to come across some chocolate or cereal.
37. Humans possess just five senses
Many of us were taught that humans are equipped with five senses, but we actually have way more than that. Some people suggest that it’s closer to 18, but we can definitely say that it’s no less than nine.
Examples of these additional senses are equilibrioception, thermoception, and interoception, which respectively refer to how we perceive our own balance, the temperature around us, and how our insides feel.