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Wikipedia and misconceptions

Posted 04 Jan 11 by Tatyana

Appropriately for my New Year’s resolution to start a "verisimilitudes” topic,today’s xkcd comic mentions Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions, a moderately entertaining read. In the future, I promise to not simply link to Wikipedia. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the list:

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte was not particularly short.
  3. The Great Wall of China is not visible from the Moon.
  5. When a meteor lands on Earth, it is not usually hot.
  7. Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
  9. Being cold for a prolonged period of time does not increase the likelihood of a cold.
  11. Men do not think about sex every seven seconds (at least there is no good evidence for this).
  13. Pure water is not a good conductor of electricity.
  15. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet and Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb.

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