Correct(er) Trivia

Those who know me know I love little bits of useless information, yes, trivia, and also like dispelling little bits of common knowledge.  I study speeches and used to help write them and I love quotes.  So here is where this post comes in.  So much of our simple meaningless knowledge is likely wrong and some I know is wrong.

Now much of this will not be new.  I didn’t spend hours researching these, they are anecdotal information drawn from all over.  Most are from my own research of other things or things I have learned.  Some from the internet so you know it must be true!

For those who return as this is a living document, I’ll add to the list at the beginning:



To graduate MIT, you must pass a swim test.

There is no study that shows classical music will increase your baby’s IQ.  The idea was based on Mozart music helping with spacial reasoning [folding and cutting paper to achieve a desired shape] in adults.  As it turns out any music, or reading, can have the same effect.  AND all the studies the theory was based on were studies done on adults.

The webcam was invented to monitor a coffee pot.

Many people know Ben Franklin invented the rocking chair.  Did you know he also invented the chair with a writing surface on one side like in school?

Lego makes more tires than any other company in the world.  A small accomplishment!

Lie detectors don’t work and are never used in law enforcement since they are not admissible for evidence anywhere in the US.  Also, we suck at detecting lies no matter what the books may say.

Peacocks are male.  Peahens are female.  They are both peafowl.

Wrangler jeans marketing successfully connected to them to the American West.  But they weren’t invented until 1947.  Levis were invented in 1850s.  Levis are authentic western wear, Wranglers sponsor PBR.

The average slinky is over 80s feet long when stretched.  Go ahead, try it.  I’ll wait …

Hershey bars when first offered with almonds was because almonds were cheaper than the chocolate they replaced.  This helped keep the cost of the bar at $.05.

On a related note … Chocolate was a medicine in the 1700s.

John Adams was the first President to occupy the White House.

While hippos and rhinos also cannot jump, the elephant is the only animal on earth that cannot leave the ground entirely.  Hippos and rhinos can have all four feet off the ground while running, FAST by the way.

In related news, the word ‘run’ has 645 meanings.

Thomas Jefferson wrote more than 19,000 letters but never wrote his wife.  However he did write John Adams’ wife Abigail many times!  Not that there is anything wrong with that …

The Brits, (those nuts) once tried and significantly succeeded at planting a hedge row across India.  Why?  To isolate the side with no salt mines from the side with, to tax the salt sold, of course …

Rorschach ink blot tests were designed for diagnosing Schizophrenia, not personality.

Wyoming has only two escalators.

Approximately 20,000 people attended Thomas Jefferson’s funeral.

It took only 66 years to go from first powered flight to landing on the moon, but over 100 years have gone by and we have not driven to the moon yet.

4 nations have national anthems with no words.

In related news, it’s illegal in Michigan to dance to the national anthem.  This took a law?

Magpies use tools, work in groups and show grief.

G Washington didn’t wear white powdered wigs, that was his real hair.

Speaking of lack of color, Washington died from being bled by a doctor due to a severe sore throat.  The doctor bled 5 pints of blood.  That’s more than 1/3 of all his blood.

The average cumulus cloud weighs over 1 million pounds.

Honey can’t spoil.  Unlike myself.

There are more potential moves in all games of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

The cougar has the most alternate names, 87 known at this time.  Combine that with the word ‘run’ and we got a real mess.

The least common birthday in the US is December 25th.  The most common is September 9th.  Oddly, Feb 29th is not ranked last even though it only comes around every 4 years.  It ranks 347 out of 366 possible dates.

Sam Adams never brewed beer.  His father father malted barely and sold it to beer makers.  Sam inherited the business but let it fail.

Operation Vegetarian was a British WWII plan to poison German milk with anthrax by dropping anthrax contaminated linseed cakes into fields where milk cows grazed.

The German’s didn’t have enough landing craft to invade England.  They abandoned the plan in 1941.  English leadership knew this.

The USAF is the largest air force in the world.  The second largest air force belongs to the US Navy.  The third largest belongs to the US Army.

There is a town in Alabama named Burnt Corn.  And a town in Tennessee, named Nameless…

Officers going ashore on D-Day were given Michelin tour guides of France, for their maps.

Until 1996 it was not permitted for women to wear pants on the senate floor … comment Mr. Trump?

The worlds fastest KNOWN jet … is a Chinese fighter jet.

Subliminal advertising doesn’t work.  It can’t work.  Nothing subliminal enters our consciousness the right way to become a craving.  Craving is driven by need and familiarity.

Seconds are called that because it is the second layer of division of an hour.

Ben Franklin had 8 pseudonyms: Richard Saunders, Silence Dogood, Anthony Afterwit, Polly Baker, Alice Addertongue, Caelia Shortface, Benevolous and finally Busy Body.  Wonder if he owns a cougar that likes to run…

Movie trailers were called that because they originally followed the movie.

Walter Arnold was the first person to get a speeding ticket, for 8mph in a 2mph zone.  Considering the radar gun was not invented until after WWII, wonder how they knew he was doing 8mph?

In 1996 Edensburg, Pennsylvania finally stopped requiring communists passing through their town to register as one.  However fortune telling is still illegal in Pennsylvania.

There is no such thing as handwriting analysis.  It has no predictive or repeatable values.

Upper and lower case in letters refers to the printing presses and how they are stored.  Upper cases held the bigger letters, Capitals.  The lower case held the more often used, lower case letters

When you see movies depicting older times, say … pre 1820, they should not be saying hello.  The word didn’t exist then.

The 3 Musketeers bar was originally three separate bars but due to flavor shortening, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, in WWII, it became one larger one and remained.

Pinball was banned in many cities from the 1940s to 70s due to their connection to mobs and undocumented cash [coin] flow.

The treadmill was invented in 1808 as a tool to help reform convicts.

Pen ink has tags in it.  Much like explosives, pen ink can be tracked to a type/manufacturer.

Similarly, printers and copiers also identify models and sometimes serial numbers in micro printing or watermarking anytime you print.

Germany was nowhere near close to getting the atomic bomb in WWII.  They made a critical wrong mathematical step early on that they never realized.  In 1945 they tried to set off a chain reaction, something that is an early step in the process we achieved in 1942, but they failed.  Also, it took a MASSIVE investment to build ours that Germany didn’t have.

Related to that, we were in an arms race with Germany to develop the atomic bomb first.  The bombs were intended to be dropped on Germany but they surrendered first.

When the President of the US (POTUS) leaves the White House his route will usually be determined by trauma centers.  They try to never be more than 10 minutes away from one.  The caravan also carries his own blood for transfusions.

Naval cooks travel with POTUS when he goes abroad and cook for him.  This is to prevent an assassination attempt.  If the president wants to order out, it will not be delivered to the White House, it will go somewhere innocuous and then forwarded by the Secret Service.

The cell phone was invented in 1902 by a farmer, Nathan Stubblefield.  It was the size of a trash can.

Contrary to myth, Stalin never tried to make ape/human hybrid soldiers.  A Russian scientist, Ivanhov, tried to inseminate apes with human sperm and humans with ape sperm.  It didn’t work.  Stalin never had any involvement in the project.  This was a myth started by creationists to help debunk evolution.

Updated 12/31/17

Pocahantas by best estimates was 12.  We know John Smith was 27.  Lets stop making this a romance.

Ariel from Little Mermaid is 16.  Yeah …

Giacomo Casanova was a seducer … but he specialized in seducing young girls, including his own daughter who he got pregnant.  Maybe rethink using that as a compliment.

As proof that the moon landing was not a hoax, Nixon had a second speech prepared in-case it failed.

“I’m related to royalty”  You need to do the math and define related.  By blood or marriage?  For example, on my father’s side, I have 18 great aunts and uncles.  All but 2 got married.  If I connect myself to all of those 16 other families …. then in only two generations I already have 100’s of relatives.  Go back to a time when there were far more Royals, by then I’d have 100,000s of relatives.  Were all related to royalty.  Or Thomas Edison.  Or Sir Arthur Conan Doyal but not Watson as I heard a friend named Watson claim once … he was fictional.

New Years Eve is not the most dangerous day of the year to drive.  In order according to NTSB it is Thanksgiving and in fact the whole weekend, then 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Years Eve and Superbowl Sunday.  The difference between most is minimal.

This will confuse many, alchemy is not all pseudoscience.  One of the goals of alchemy is the idea of converting something valueless like lead into gold by stripping it of the required number protons.  In 1980 Glenn Seaborg converted bismuth into gold.  Why are we not making gold like scat?  Cause the process is so complex it would take trillions of dollars to make a single ounce of gold.  He only converted a few atoms.

1969’s Oscar winner ‘Oliver!’ was the last and only film to win best picture while rated G.  ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is the only movie to be rated X to win Best Picture.  Both of these were right after the modern rating system was put in place in 68.

The second largest and fastest growing religious classification in North America is agnostic.  It is the largest religious classification in Europe.  It is also the only major classification in the world that is growing.

Many of the Civil War photos we know so well of battle fields were staged.  The photographers moved bodies to make better composition or drama.  The massive deaths were not staged.

Wanna hear possibly the greatest one hit wonder?  We all have … Chopsticks was composed by a 16 year old girl named Euphemia Allen.  She published it under the name of Arthur De Lully in a time when women could not get equal consideration for work.  Maybe we need to fix that someday!  Also, you are supposed to play it with two hands sideways so your fingers are facing each other waltzing together like two partners.  And yes, it is a waltz.

The tradition of giving away the bride comes from when a woman was often traded for, or bought.  I’ll trade a goat, 4 chickens and an acre of land for your lovely offspring there!  Deal, I’ll go get her … romance.

McDonald’s didn’t invent the Happy Meal.  Burger Chef didn’t name it a happy meal but they were the first fast food chain to sell children’s meals with toys inside the packaging.

Oskar Shindler joined the Nazi party in 1939 and became an intelligence officer in Poland in the roll up to invading Poland.

Ted Kaczynski, the unabomer, (yes that is spelled correctly, there was no ‘b’ on the end of bomb in the official name) was an unknowing victim of MKUltra.  This was a CIA project in this case being played out at Harvard to try to reprogram the human brain.

In related news, yes, MKUltra really existed and is not a myth like History channel would have you believe.  It ran for 20 years between 1953 and 73.  It ran at many major universities and some organizations and institutions. The subjects were not notified of their participation.  It attempted to figure out how to manipulate the human brain and soften its morals and rigid perspectives.  The Senate has since defended the project even though it was illegal on almost every level.  It also included MKDelta, MKSearch and MKOften which focused on animals ….

On another related topic, MKUltra was a CIA project.  The CIA is not supposed to legally operate on US soil.  That also is illegal.  PS. they still operate domestically and this was not the only time in the past.

Our Barbie Doll is a knock off of a German doll named Lilli that was on the market 6 years earlier.  Lilli was originally an adult novelty from a very sexually liberated comic strip woman of the day.  Barbie’s much maligned and almost impossible proportions are a copy of Lilli, an adult toy.

In related news, Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, born on March 9, 1959.  She is aging SO WELL!

The most remote inhabited location on earth is Tristan da Cunha, an island in the south Atlantic.  It is 2,000km from the next closest inhabited land and 2400km from the nearest continent, Southern tip of Africa. It has 262 residents and only other claim to fame is that in 2048 it will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse.  Make your reservations now!

The term “Blockbuster” in regards to a movie came from Jaws.  The line for movie tickets stretched around the corner and was reported to go around the block.  The movie also measurably effected beach going tourism that year.

Coffee beans aren’t beans, they are seeds.

There has never been a real documented case of a feral child.  There have been kids abandoned usually due to what was likely autism and other’s having found them but none have been raised by animals.  That is myth we add to meet our needs for our children being nurtured … even though we abandoned them.

There are about 1,085,000 High School football players in the US, including about 1,500 young ladies.  There are 15,600 college seniors playing football any year.  There are 256 players drafted into the NFL each year.  The odds of any HS football player making it into the NFL is .0002%.

There has never been a proven case of Multiple Personality Disorder, or as it was renamed even though there has never been a diagnosis in the past, Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant, stealing it’s nutrients from the plant it binds to.

White Castle is said to be the first fast food chain in the US starting in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas.

Tanya Head (Alicia Esteve Head) is a founding member of World Trade Center Survivors’ Network for those who survived the attacks from inside the World Trade Center.  She was interviewed many times on TV and live talking about her experience escaping the twin towers.  She lied.  Her husband was in the World Trade Center but she was not.

The great depression was not actually a result of the stock market crash.  Unemployment was decreasing rapidly soon after.  It was several economic measures, such as the Smoot-Hawley Tariff act, stifled economic growth for years. ( Ferris Bueller flash back)

We don’t lose heat from our head more rapidly than any other exposed skin of equal size.  There are more nerve endings in the skin on our head though so it can feel cold intensely.

The tradition of the US not dipping it’s flag at the Olympics opening ceremony is not a tradition as it is part of flag code.  We refused to do it initially in the beginning of the century but the first official act was in the 1936 games in Berlin.  We were not the only nation not to do it at that time.  It then became flag code in the 40s.  Just to clarify, flag code is NOT law.  It is an agreed upon standard, with no enforcement.

SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls.  It was simply an easy to teach and remember signal in morse code.  …- – -… It could have been – – -…- – – but that takes longer so they chose the shorter to transmit version.  Why it was not made IMI, no clue.  (that’s .. – – ..)

Penguins aren’t monogamous.  They are dedicated through the mating season and rearing time but then scatter and end up in other places with other groups.

The “I cannot tell a lie” part, was a lie.  A biographer came up with it in 1806 to demonstrate Washington’s virtues.  That’s called fiction.  It’s ironic how often I run into this.

Robert Weston Smith was a mysterious character who’s real identity was sought as if it were a prize.  His real identity was shown, in the movie American Graffiti.  It is said until that point, no one knew that Robert Weston Smith was Wolfman Jack, and what he looked like.  He gained fame in Southern California broadcasting from an unregulated radio station in Tijuana.

There are still about 6,000,000 landmines in Cambodia.  That is 1 for every 3 people in the country.

Quick sand doesn’t suck you in like in Gilligan’s Island.  It is thicker than water and you can lay on it.  It will actually try to push you out if you give it enough surface area to do so.

Operation paperclip was an OSS (CIA) project that lured Nazi scientists to the US.   They were very successful.

Puritans were not looking for religious freedom.  They were seeking a place where they could impose their religion since Holland, where most of them came from,  was too religiously free and permitted any religion to be practiced.  The puritans wanted to make their own rules and impose their religion on new arrivals.

Operation washtub was an FBI plan to train citizens in Alaska in espionage in case of Russian invasion.  They trained over 80 people.

Common law marriages today are the traditional descendant of how marriage used to be as recently as early 1900s.  You simply declared yourself married.  Done.

Think Sunday was always about church?  Kinda … in 1363 King Edward III make archery compulsory.  Two hours of practice each Sunday under the supervision of clergy.

From the files of ‘wrong place/wrong time’, Violet Jessop was on the Olympic when it collided with the Hawke in 1911, was on the Titanic in 1912, and on the Britannic in 1916 when it sank.  She continued to work for White Star Line anyhow.  And Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped and then Nagasaki when the next bomb dropped there.

Close but no cigar is a reference to the prize at Carnivals that used to be cigars.

The first gold rush in the states was in North Carolina in 1799.

Slavery was not abolished in Brazil until 1888.  In total they had imported 40% of all slaves from Africa to the Americas.

Rasputin was shot in the head, once.  And died.  His autopsy proved this.  Much of his life we know today is a myth.

Bandwagons drew attention to a circus when they arrived in town.  Politicians would buy time ON the bandwagon to gain exposure and they would warn against jumping on another (opponents) band wagon.

William Howard Taft did not serve as President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at the same time.  His terms were separated by 8 years.

Dropping a hat used to be the way horse races were started.  Off with a drop of a hat…

Nathan Hale’s final words were not as patriotic and the press would have you think.  The record shows that his last words before being executed was, “It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander in chief.”

Take it with a grain of salt used to mean to take salt with food to aid digestion.  It was thought to also treat poison.

Sentinel Island is populated by a primitive population that modern man has not made direct contact with.  I say this to offer perspective … imagine what a helicopter hovering over the island must seem like to them … like a UFO?

Mr. Guillotine was not Guillotined.  Nor did he invent the Guillotine.

Catherine the Great did not die during equine sex, she had a stroke in bed and died soon after.  Most if the negative press came out after from male leaders who wanted to diminish a powerful woman.

It is said that the tradition of the Best Man started in case the Bride had to be abducted to protect her from his parents disapproving.  Wish the weddings I have been best man in were like that!  Originally the Maid of Honor dressed like the bride to confuse any evil spirits.

The Confederate flag is not what everyone thinks it is.  There was no confederate flag.  The one you all think is, is the flag of the army of northern VA and it was square not rectangular after it was modified from a mostly white flag.

Johnny Cash was in prison.  To perform. Not sentenced there.

Dylan Thomas wasn’t an alcoholic.  His brain and liver showed no signs of alcohol abuse.  Nor did he apparently die from drinking.

Chalkboard chalk is not chalk.  It is Gypsum.

Typically, Americans eat about 4000 calories in one meal on Thanksgiving.  THAT is why you get sleepy.  L-Tryptophan is higher in chicken and milk than Turkey.  30g of carbs will do more to put you to sleep.

Fanta was invented in Germany during WWII when the company that bottled Coke lost it’s supply.

On 11/16/17 in Lima Peru, soccer fans celebrating a goal set off a 1.0M seismic event.

Henry Ford is cited in Mein Kampf as Hitler’s inspiration.

‘Freedom Fries’ was not the first stupid renaming of food to avoid association with the latest nation Americans have decided are inferior. In WWII, hamburgers were called ‘Liberty steaks’.

And in reference to a comment a friend made, German Chocolate cake is not a reference to Europe’s Germany.  It is a reference to Sam German who invented it.  An American.

Canada declared war on Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor on the evening of December 7th although it was not endorsed by the king until the next day.  The US declared war on December 8th.  Meaning Canada declared war due to the attack before the US did.

Holocaust if you take it back to Greek means “whole” and “burnt” or “burned”.

The swastika symbol is an ancient religious symbol.  It meant then, good fortune.

Nostradamus has never predicted anything.  To predict, you must be able to identify an event BEFORE it happens.  His writing is fortune telling where you provide enough vague information that with enough time, something close enough will happen and look like he knew it would.  (eg: in 2018, An event of national importance will happen in the kingdom of colonies that will forever change how power is regulated.)  Lets watch!

It is unclear who started the “Kilroy was here” graffiti in WWII and Korea.  Some took it to mean that US soldiers had been there.  Some took it to mean some had been there and cleaned it out [looted] already.  There are many theories about who he was, from a ship inspector to an Asimov reference.  Kilroy is not an extremely rare name so there will likely never be a clear explanation.

Nazi is said to be a Bavarian term for simple minded.  This is very possible.  But the origin of the word Nazi as it applied to the members of the National Socialist Workers Party comes from the simple abbreviation of the German word for the party, NAtionalsoZIalistische, Nazi.  The fact that Nazi has another meaning in another language is likely no more intended than Nova, an American car, meaning ‘no go’ in Spanish.

Updates 11/14/17

The term “Dude” originated as a term of insult referring to an overly trendy man in regards to dress such as a ‘dandy’.

There is a Toy Hall of Fame.  Hot Wheels are in there but Matchbox cars are not.  Stick is in there but bubble wrap is not.

There is no record of the word Viking existing in the age of Vikings.

Lets get away from the word kamikaze (divine wind) as a term and understand were talking about a person flying a plane as a weapon into another war machine.  The Japanese, Germans and Russians all did it on numerous occasions.

The documentary Blackfish is based almost entirely bad science or just lies.  It was designed to play on western guilt.  It worked.

Bananas are berries.

On April 18, 1930 the BBC reported no news.  They played music instead.  (anyone else jealous of life back then?)

According to a licking machine from Purdue ( get your mind outa there) it takes about 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

89 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of independents think global warming is occurring.  Most scientific studies over the last 50 years show humans are contributing to it.  So who are the Republicans representing when they are saying it is not happening?  BTW, at the time of this writing only the US and Syria have not signed the Paris Accord. [edit: Syria has now signed]

L Ron Hubbard lied about his military service.

Christians didn’t use crucifixion, neither did Jews.  Romans did.

Jousters lances were measured before matches to ensure no one’s was too big …

The first literary reference to NERD is the Dr. Seuss’ book, If  I Ran The Zoo.

His name is not pronounced the way we all do, it is not Dr. Soos, it is Dr. Zoice, like voice.

The GW Bush white house used now proven forged documents to show WMDs in Iraq. Then press secretary Scott McClellan wrote a book about the Bush strategy of miss information and repetition to substantiate a war in Iraq that was not tied to 9/11.

The KKK was founded by 6 former Confederate officers who wanted to stop reconstruction of the south without slavery.  The KKK is considered a terrorist organization by the DOJ.

The word ‘antebellum’ means before a war as a reference of time or culture.  Usually it refers to the U.S. civil war.

Chiquita Brand, got help from the CIA to overthrow the newly elected Guzman in Guatemala due to his planned reforms that would limit Chiquita’s power.  They did this with the help of, Edward Bernays, a publicist…

Women’s right to smoke was tied to women’s liberation by American Tobacco’s marketing guy … Edward Bernays, to double the companies market.

And last but not least, Bernays also was the mastermind behind us all believing bacon is a healthy food.  It isn’t.

Virginia Tech’s Hokie mascot name has no meaning.  It rhymed in a chant.

The primary reason for segregated sports was so white spectators did not have to sit with black spectators.  It was not about the sport, it was about the fans.

A great deal of claimed American Made products do not follow the FTC rules for that claim.  When they have been found in violation, such as Stanley Tools, they are fined a minor amount so there is no incentive to follow the law.

Lake Mead is named after Elwood Mead.

There is strong evidence and photos that Stonehenge was rebuilt in the first half of the 20th century. Odd that people today claim they can measure it and prove it was about astrological measurement when the stones have been moved and modified.

There are no bodies in the concrete of Hoover Dam.  All bodies were accounted for and they would have to remove a body as it would have structurally compromise the dam.

When we see those darling pictures of Giraffes embracing with their necks in a heart shape?  Yeah, they are fighting, they fight with their necks.

Guy Fawkes masks are owned or manufactured under permission of Time Warner which some would see as part of  ‘the establishment’.

The American Red Cross has failed miserably in recent decades and does a great deal of PR work to cover up that they are no longer prepared for disasters but instead depends on post disaster support which they often spend much of that on PR to cover up they were not prepared for disaster before hand.

“Sundown” towns were towns that did not allow blacks to live in them and thus had to leave by sundown.  These were not exclusive to the south, but existed in most states.

Cilantro and coriander are the same thing.

Diamonds are not rare.  Rubies are.

The book Dr. Zhivago was distributed by the CIA in Russia to help feed anti Communist sentiment.

There IS strong evidence that the CIA operates small quiet planes over American cities collecting intelligence …

Iranian flight 655 was shot down by the US Navy while the ship operating in Iranian waters.  We never apologized but did pay restitution to the families.

Yertle the Turtle is a story based on Hitler.

US commanders and soldiers WERE responsible for the My Lai massacre, in spite of the trial that acquitted everyone involved.

Operation Northwoods was a CIA project to provoke a war on Cuba in 1962.  The project used U.S. operatives to commit terrorist attacks in US cities, hijack planes and the sinking of boats of Cuban refugees on the way to the states and blame them on on the Castro Regime.  The CIA did most of these acts against Americans.

“Third World” is a western cold war term.  Those who sided with the U.S. in the cold war were referred to as first world.  Those who sided with the USSR were second world nations.  Those who did not side with either were third world nations.

Joseph Stalin’s only two grandchildren, sons, were born in Wisconsin and eligible to run for President.

None of Hitlers relatives (5), no direct descendants, are having children in order to end his bloodline entirely.

Mrs. O’Leary’s cow didn’t start the Chicago fire.  Nor was there a Mrs. O’Leary [although odds are there had to be one].  There were many cows.  The reporter later stated he had made up the story for fun.

Tokyo Rose was an American in Japan. ( )

Most Native American tribes in North America were not violent or even hunters at the time of European discovery.  This story was fed to justify our killing of the natives which is ironic, since most natives died of disease.

Abner Doubleday didn’t invent baseball, nor was he in Cooperstown when it was invented nor was it invented there.  The rules as we know them today more or less formalized there though.  British Rounders evolved into Town Ball not played in small towns but most often in cities as we know stick-ball to a degree.  Baseball is the direct decedent of rounders, a British game.  The Abner Doubleday thing and Cooperstown were paid research to find a good story to make baseball uniquely American. It isn’t. It is largely British.

Persons with total blindness do not see black.  Black is a color sensed by the eye and processed by the brain and is not the absence of light.  They don’t see black, they see nothing. Which … we who can see interpret as black.

There is no historical evidence to support a Trojan Horse.  So maybe we need to rename the condoms.

Mr. and Mrs. have different origins than you may think.  Mr. is short for Master. Mrs. is short for Mistress.  Ms is actually not short for anything so there should not be a period after it.

We know that Xerox is a brand name as well as the product line it defines even when not a Xerox brand.  But names such as Post-it, Popsicle, Dumpster, Frizbee and Seeing Eye Dog are also brand names used to describe all products like them.

There are more pyramids in Sudan than Egypt.

Chastity belts are a myth.

There is very strong evidence that Shakespeare is a name used for multiple writers to publish under.  The life known associated with the Shakespeare we have identified in history as THE Shakespeare could not have taught him what he needed to know to write any of his plays, much less all of them.

The British used concentration camps long before the Germans did.  In the Boer war (1899-1902) in South Africa.  The men were shipped off as slaves and the women and children were put in concentration camps intended to starve them to death.  They did.

THE most exclusive University is not Harvard that lets in 6% of it’s applicants, or Stanford at 4%.  It is Birla Institute of Technology that only admits 1.5% of it 180,000 applicants each year.

Canned Pumpkin is actually butternut squash or Golden Delicious Squash.

Yes there has been planned obsolescence in the incandescent light bulb industry for a little under 100 years.  Only recently has the industry suddenly found longer lifespans in their dying technology.

UPDATED: 9/7/2017

The first patent for a jet engine was issued in 1914.

Amish experience dramatically lower rates of cyber bullying.

Thomas Selfridge was the first known person to die in a plane accident in 1908.

Two studies in 2009 and 2013 show that wind power kills very few birds, about 7,000 a year.  Meanwhile nuclear power plants kill about 327,000 and fossil fuel power plants about 14.5 million.  Your green claim should be yellow.

Your remote is usually the dirtiest thing in your house.  Even more so than those socks over there——->

Spotted Hyenas can digest bone.

All apes are ticklish, and laugh.  (even my old dog!)

The highest wave ever recorded being surfed was 100 feet tall.  Take THAT Bodhi!

Post lunch time sleepiness is not due to eating or digestion, but a natural body temp drop at that time of day.

Astronaut is Greek for ‘Star Sailor’.  I love that term, we should use that instead.

Bobcats are the most common wild cats in North America.  I have only seen two.  Or the same one twice …

The Lone Ranger is said to be based on Bass Reeves but it is much more likely based on John Hughes who Zane Grey’s book, “The Lone Star Ranger” was dedicated to.

In 1974 North Korea bought 1,000 Volvo 144s from Sweden.  They ‘forgot’ to pay for them.  Today, with interest, North Korea owes approximately 3 Billion Krona to Sweden.  That is approximately 1/30th of North Korea’s annual GDP (before 2017 sanctions).  Most of those Volvos are still running and used as Taxis.

Currently (8/2017) there is no evidence that North Korea has weaponized any nuclear devices.  They have set off many nuclear detonations though.

General Grant owned one slave, William Jones, and controlled ones owned by his wife. Despite the claimed paradox of the civil war that claims Lee did not, Lee was also a slave holder.

Ferdinand Magellan was not the first to circumnavigate the earth, nor was he trying to.  Nor did he ever.  He died on his famous voyage.  Juan Sebastian Elcano was the captain of the Victoria, part of the Magellan voyage and the only ship to make the entire voyage and thus, he was the first.

The original patent for the toilet paper dispenser shows … the correct way to mount the paper is ‘over’.

Long Island is not considered an Island due to a 1985 Supreme Court ruling.  It is a peninsula with water between it and the mainland.  (uhhhh ….)

Walt Disney didn’t invent Mickey Mouse.  Ub Iwerks did.

Most Medieval torture devices we know of were made up later.

Feminists were not all or mostly or even often burning their bras.  This was a fantasy of their opposition.

Mussolini’s trains didn’t run on-time either.

In 1932, Western Australian farmers waged war on Emus.  The animal.  “The machine-gunners’ dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.”  The Emus won.

A glass ball will bounce higher than a rubber one, if it doesn’t shatter.

In 1913 it was legal to mail a child.

Before the mid 70s, unmarried women rarely could get a credit card.  Today you only need a pulse, or used to have one. Or be a dog …

The north star is actually three stars.

China was using finger prints to identify people in various ways including crimes, in 300A.D.

The phrase, “Show Your True Colors” is a reference to pirates putting up their authentic flag as opposed to whatever flag they used to get close to the ship they were attacking.

There is no description of Satan in the Bible.

Confirmed kills in the Bible.  Satan 10.  God 2,476,633.  All of Satan’s kills, God permitted in a bet.

Robert E Lee, of General Lee Dukes of Hazard fame of course, was married to Mary Custis. She was the great grand daughter (through marriage) of George Washington and the heir to Mt Vernon.

In related news, Arlington Cemetery used to belong to Lee as Arlington House was the house of Custis and Lee.  The cemetery started as a way of pissing off Lee for taking a commission in the Confederate Army, rather than the one he was offered in the Union Army.  Originally it was a Union Cemetery.

The Bible doesn’t say “God helps those who helps themselves”, Ben Franklin did.

Grapes of Wrath (a movie based on John Stienbeck’s book in case you missed it on youtube) was not banned in Russia at first even though almost all American movies were.  The reason is that it showed American poverty under capitalism.  But Russians were still amazed and that American poor were so wealthy they could afford cars so it was eventually banned.

The debate about what race ancient Egyptians were is about race, not race.  They were a broad mix of pigments and characteristics not being defined by either black or white and the need to label them as one or the other is about race issues today, not then.

UPDATED 4/2017

Twain never said, “I have never killed a man but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”  That was Clarence Darrow, and he said it in a more long winded way.

Tarzan never said, “me Tarzan, you Jane.”

It was Speak softly and carry a big stick.”  Not walk softly …

It’s “Double double, toil and trouble.” Not bubble bubble.  Unless you fart n the tub then you are on your own.

The Bible doesn’t say, “Money is the root of all evil”.  It says “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”

“Eastern Medicine” is not what was then or is now practiced in the Far East as medicine.  It is taken from a Chinese book on medicine and given as alternate treatments when there is no conventional medical practices available.  This is where the more modern term “alternative treatments” has come from.

The Jews did not build the pyramids.  Slaves or otherwise.  And it is not in the bible.   The earliest record of Jews in Egypt was in 664 BCE. Israel did not exist until 1100 BCE.  The Hebrew language appears at about the same time.  The last of the big pyramids was finished in 1750 BCE.  The builders were paid well, housed well and worked as long as they wanted or as short as three months at a time.  Herodotus never named them slaves or Jews and was not a historian.  There was no exodus either.

UPDATED 11/2016

Tibet is not seeking freedom.  ‘Free Tibet’ is a western invention that Tibetans don’t really get.  How about free the Ukraine?

Anti-wrinkle cream is a mild acid that erodes the first layer of skin and forces it to tighten.  This damage is worse than sunburn and will hasten (hurry) the aging process and worsen it.

Tear Gas is forbidden by the Geneva Convention and is a war crime if used in warfare.  Most major US Police forces have it and use it on US civilians.

Although the British and the Yankees shared a common language not that long ago, we sound very different.  We did not change, the Brits did.  The British accent we know today was adopted by choice by the upper class in England in the 17th century. They made the accent to set themselves apart from the commoners, then the commoners adopted it to sound like the elite in England.  It didn’t make its way here.  That’s why Americans and Canadians sound so similar.


We do not use only 10% of our brain in spite of what Hollywood would have you think so about 5 movies costing millions of dollars outright lie.  (shame on you Morgan)  We use almost all of our brain.

The holidays do not have any more suicides than any other time of year.  There is no suicide season.  The times people choose are very personal.

This is probably the longest running lie in the media… The media is not liberal.  All but  NPR and PBS are owned by 6 conservative, or right wing conglomerates that own news, print, TV, and radio and many movie studios and sports channels with the rare exception of The Washington Post.  Sorry Rush, you lie lie lie lie ……

Yes technically addiction is a disease, “a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.” But that does not change what it is, it is a pattern of behavior adopted by the addict by choice.  Few diseases are a result of knowledgeable free will.

[This one kills me]  The only major forms of motorsports that is faster today than 20 years ago, is Drag Racing and F1.  NASCAR is over 20mph SLOWER.  Indy has not yet matched its speeds from the late 90s.

The birdman of Alcatraz, Robert Stroud, never kept birds at Alcatraz.  He did keep them while serving time at Leavenworth. He also wrote two books about birds based on his research and is credited with finding the cure for the hemorrhagic Septicemia family of diseases.

Jade Helm 15 was a normal everyday military exercise.  Texas Governor Abbott is a paranoid idiot.  Chuck Norris acted like a scared and paranoid fool.

Pure breed in animals does not mean authentic and is not natural.  “Pure Breed” dogs have changed dramatically over the 20th century, the age of ACA management.  They are not the way they are supposed to be.  Pure Breeds have many more health issues than mutts.  This tells you that is not how nature intended.

Most of what we have heard attributed to Mark Twain, he never said, or have no record of him saying it.  Also, like most things in life as a game of telephone, some he did say but not as we quote him. (which makes it not a quote)  For example; the quote about his death is, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And there is NO record of him saying, “the only two certainties in life are death and taxes”, at all.

Pope Clement didn’t kill all the Knights Templar. Neither did King Philip IV of France.  King Phil did try to arrest all of them in France, on Friday October 13th but many were warned and resigned and left France, with their fortunes in tact.  Those who confessed heresy were also released, with their fortunes.  King Phil didn’t want the “Templar fortune”, he wanted the Pope’s representatives out of his court.   The remaining Knights Templar joined the Hospitallers Order, another Papal order and simply carried on as before.  Sorry Dan Brown and History Channel, try again.  I’m sure there is more history to make up…

Contrary to reputation, Charles Manson has never been proven to have killed anyone.  He did order murders and tried to murder Bernard  Crowe by shooting him, but Mr. Crowe survived.  Is he creepy, yes, should he be in prison, yes.  But he may be the only “serial murderer” that never directly killed anyone.  Also, the picture shown usually of him is from a long time ago, he is 82 years old now [in 2017] and doesn’t look as scary, but I’m glad he is in prison.  Ironically, most of those who did the actual murders have been paroled.

The Bermuda Triangle is not the most dangerous place on earth for planes or ships.  In fact, it doesn’t even make the top ten.  When you take into account frequency of travel, it is slightly above average for loss of planes and shipping.  This is fiction created by Charles Berlitz and continued by History Channel.

There is no record of Charlie Chaplain ever entering a Charlie Chaplain look alike contest.  Much less losing it.

Nicola Tesla [this pains me to say] didn’t pioneer much technology but did develop on existing ideas.  He did not invent AC power, he in invented the AC induction motor that runs on it.

Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.  But not why you think.  They eat them.

The Branch Davidians set fire to their own compound killing themselves.  The records and video shown in its entirety prove this.

Coins and currency are not that dirty.  Typically no more dirty than your hands.

Yes 80-90% of all US and Canadian bills have traces of Cocaine on them.  But no, it is not because they have been involved in the drug trade.  It is because cocaine is incredibly fine and transfers to anything around it, including counting machines, ATM apparatus, wallets and cash register drawers.

More people have driven on the moon [6] than have been to the depths of the ocean [3].  Twelve total have stood on the moon.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the 67th man to cross the Atlantic.  He was the first to do it alone.

In June of 1928 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic but she did it as a passenger.  She was later the first woman to solo fly the Atlantic in May of 1932.  Also, there is no evidence of her landing on Gardner Island. The “artifacts” found on the island were likely left over from the 100s of people who have lived on the island since then and before the “discovery”.

Area 51 is … wait for it … a testing airfield for development of cutting edge aircraft.  <~~ that is a period.  It is not secret.  History channel has mentioned it in shows ranging from Hitler’s Secrets to Hedy Lamarr.  Google offers 103,000,000 hits for area 51.  An additional 482,000 for Groom Lake.  It’s official name, National Classified Test Facility gets 3,070,000 hits.  The government doesn’t and never has denied it’s existence.  It is the definition of NOT a secret.

There is no documented case of a wild west showdown style shoot out, ever.

Hydrox cookies predate Oreos, so they didn’t copy Oreo, it is the other way around.

Zima IS just as detectable by a breathalyzer as any other alcohol.  Still think marketing doesn’t work?

Red lobsters are not racist against blue ones.  [Yes they actually do exist]

Also, lobsters do die.  But they don’t stop growing.

Fruita, Colorado’s headless chicken was not really headless.  He lost the front of his face, upper beak and front of his head when he was almost killed with an ax.  He lived quite a while after that but had to be fed everyday with an eye dropper.

Arctic ice is not on the rise.  From 1979 to 2014 the Arctic ice shrank by 1  million square miles.  There was an increase from 2012 to 2013.  That increase is gone now, and much more.

Cowboy hats were not really a symbol of the west, when the west was being lived.  The cowboy hat went into production in 1865 in Philadelphia by John Stetson.  Stetson did invent it though before that when he was in the west and noticed most miners wore flea infested coon skin caps.  In other words, they were invented for miners, not cowboys.

The Black Knight satellite is not alien, it is a silver/black double sided insulation blanket that went adrift.

There is no Lost Dutchman treasure.

Nor Oak Island treasure.

Model Ts, came in more than black.  12  million of the 15 million sold were black but they also came in Green, Blue and Maroon as well as other dealer made special order colors such as Yellow.

Yes Apollo 11 Astronauts filled out customs forms when they re-entered Hawaii after returning from the moon.  They declared moon rocks and moon dust.  The form states they left Cape Kennedy and arrived in Honolulu via the moon.

The cookie monster’s real  name is Sid.

Happy Birthday is no longer copy written because the copyright could not be defended in court.

Absinthe is nothing very different than any other alcohol.  It is made from green grapes typically and is green because it is distilled a second time with petite wormwood, hyssop, mint and chamomile.  If there are hallucinogens in it, it is because it was added after by someone else.  After first distillation, it is about 80% alcohol. after the second, about 68%.  It is just green alcohol.

Jack the Ripper is not real.  The murders are real but the name was from a fake letter written to the police by a reporter who saw declining paper sales due to the lack of murders.  The murderer never had a name, other than The Whitechapel murderer, who is real.

The History Channel is largely Pseudo Science and owned by Disney.  Ironic.

There are more people killed in the US from dog bites [35] each year than in  auto racing [22]. I’m not a dog hater, just pointing out perspective.

450 Die every year in the US by falling out of bed!

The US Constitution was not written on hemp, so stop making that stupid connection.  Oh and 420 is not an L.A. Police code for Marijuana possession or possession of anything actually.  Or any other cities code for it.  (Their codes are not that specific)  420 in LA is code for Juvenile Disturbance … fitting.

Shrunken heads were an oddity and rare, when first presented to north Americans and Europeaners.  It was only after demand for them developed by the Americans and Europeaners that they were made more often.

Sybil was faked for a book deal.  The client, the therapist and the publisher set up “Sybil Inc.” before the treatment even started.  There is no valid basis for multiple personality disorder or dis-associative identity disorder and there has never been a proven case.

The “supermale” is a myth.  There are 1 in 1,000 males with an extra Y chromosome but very flawed studies in the 70s and 80s led to biased conclusions and TV, especially cop series have perpetuated this myth.

No, Castro never tried out for ANY American baseball team.

Red cars do not get more tickets than other colors.  Grey/silver cars actually lead the statistics.  This was likely a marketing ploy by Ferrari.

The Roswell UFO was one of several Project Mogul balloons used to monitor Soviet atomic tests but was top secret at the time so it was deemed a weather balloon.  The press made up the UFO story in the atmosphere of UFO mania at the time.

The Crystal Skulls are just white quartz. The Mitchell-Hedges skull was never brought back from Central America, it was bought from auction after the dig which was documented in a letter from the time.  Also, they do contain sanding and manufacturing marks regardless what Indiana Jones pitched …

The Beale Ciphers are fake.  It is easily seen on MANY levels.

Respect cannot be demanded.  Neither can fear.

Ho Chi Min was not Anti-American, he once tried to get the US to adopt Vietnam as a territory.

Al Gore never said he invented the internet. That was political game playing.

Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her front porch either!

The Tunguska Blast, was a meteor.

There was no way to know of the Pearl Harbor attack ahead of time due to having broken the Japanese Imperial Code.  The code was very complex and we could not just read it off until well into each new code cycle.  Also, the imperial code was not the same as the military code.  The only access the US woulda had was to intercepts to the Japanese Embassy and the Declaration of War didn’t come until late that morning.  Communication then was not remotely like it is now.

Mr Limbaugh is wrong.  The average temperature of the earth increased .9 deg F from 1997 to 2012.  That’s A LOT.

Global warming is not new to the scientific community, they predicted it in the 70s.  The press is the one that invented a new ice age, then avoided weather predicting for 20 years when they looked like idiots.  The list is growing.

There are  many foreign brand cars that are more American made than American cars.  Chevy and Ford trucks are assembled in Canada and  Mexico.  Kia and Toyota are made in Kentucky and Tennessee.  The most American made vehicle based on material origin and location and staff is the Toyota Camry.

Loud pipes don’t save lives.  Please research the Doppler effect. Also research causes of hearing loss.

Carl Sagan said Billions many times [not billions of times though] but never said Billions and Billions.  That was Johnny Carson who said that imitating Sagan.

Pool water stinging your eyes is not too much chlorine as often as too much pee …. yeah ….

NASA didn’t spend millions of dollars developing a space pen while the Russian just used a pencil.  They both started out using a pencil but Fisher Pens developed a pen that would work in space with their own money, and NASA purchased several.  At normal prices.

The transcontinental railroad did not meet at Promontory Point.  It was Promontory Summit.  Also, this was simply selected, the railroads passed one another building tracks parallel to one another because they were paid by the mile.

There is only record of two suicides on wall street in October 1929.  Churchill helped perpetuate the myth by saying he had to step over the bodies while walking on Wall Street.

The US founding fathers were not Christian and founding the nation on Christian values.  There were Deists, Unitarians and agnostics.  Washington was essentially a Naturalist.

As I have mentioned in a previous post, Paul Revere never said “The British are coming, the British are coming!”  He said very little, he was sneaking.  And they were all British.

There is no “machine gun season” in hunting season. Nor it is a reasonable or responsible weapon for home defense.  Just sayin.

Most states spend more on the signs saying they use aircraft to help enforce speed limits than they do on aircraft to enforce speed limits, if they use any aircraft at all.  None currently use drones.  [2016]

Napoleon was not short.  He was very average for his day. That’s what his lovers all said (RIMSHOT)

There is no crisis regarding family owned farms or farm land in the US.  96.7% of farms in the US are family owned non-corporate farms.  They own 89% of all farm land in the US.

There is no such thing as a mid-life crisis.  This used to be what it was called when empty nesters changed their lives and sometimes lost one another.  We constantly change.  Change is not a crisis, not changing is.

Benjamin Franklin never proposed Daylight savings time.  Daylight Savings didn’t really get proposed until 100 years after he died and then about the same time in New Zealand and in England.

Sliced bread was first manufactured in 1928, so “older than sliced bread” is like, a while ago.    Betty White IS older than sliced bread.

Me looking twice cannot overcome you riding like a fool.  Nor will I  mourn your loss.  See Darwin Awards.

Vultures do not circle over the dead or dying, they are gliding in up drafts of heat.  They gang up on dead meat, not look at it while gliding overhead.  The myth was popularized in old movies set in deserts and the American West.

Crows can mimic the human voice better that other birds.  Also lawn mowers, cars, doors closing and yoyos

The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4th, 1776 by the whole gang in the painting.  Only John Hancock, Secretary of Congress.  Many of the others signed it on August 2nd, 1776.  Still others signed it much later.  Oh and for those who have confused them, The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are NOT part of the same document.  The US Constitution was enacted in 1789.

Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary my dear Watson”

You cannot see the great wall of China from space.

Speaking of, there is sound in space, it is not a complete vacuum but the sound most common is electromagnetic in nature which we cannot hear.

Nelson Mandella never said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  That was Marianne Williamson.

Frankenstein’s assistant is named Fritz in the book, not Igore.

Captain Kirk never said “Beam me up Scotty”

Quacks do echo.  (the duck voice not the doctor kind)

Laurel Thatch Ulrich is actually the one who said, “Well behaved women seldom make history”.  Not Marylyn Monroe

Vader never said, “Luke I am your father”

Negative calorie foods, only barely exist. The theory goes that food like celery take more calories to digest than they contain.  This depends a lot on insulin resistance and metabolic rate.  People need differing amounts of energy to digest the same foods so the energy needed differs.  Ironically, thin lean people require more energy to digest food so if there are negative calorie situations, they likely only occur for lean thin people, who need it least.

A dog year is not 7 human years in any way.  Their development varies compared to ours, but average about 4 years. Except for the first year which is about 13-20 human years of development.

Water does not go down any drain the other way in Australia, (or New Zealand where a friend was recently).  It is the design of the sink or the toilet, not the Coriolis effect.

Confucius did not say, “the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.” Lao Tzu did.

Rice does not hurt birds!

Interstates were never intended for use as emergency landing strips.  Within the Defense Highway Act there is funding for emergency landing strips near highways, but these never state that highways are to be used as landing strips.

5 hour energy drink, DOES have caffeine.  As do ALL energy drinks. As well as sugar.

The Amityville Horror was a real estate move not a haunting.  The Lutz family hired Jay Anson to write a book about their house being haunted based on the DeFeo murders that did take place in their home prior to the Lutzs buying the house.  It was not based on fact, with no evidence at all, it was created by Anson as the basis for the book to help the Lutz overcome the cost the home purchase when they were too creaped out to live in it anymore.

There is no continuous dark side of the moon.  We only see one side but when we cannot see the moon, it is because the opposite side is the side being illuminated.

Lincoln did not have a secretary named Kennedy.

Yes, Adolph Hitler was named man of the year by Time magazine in 1938.  And his nephew served in the US Navy in WWII.

Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds broadcast did not cause mass hysteria and was in fact not believed to be true by most listening and most in the nation, weren’t listening.  It was presented as theater during a known dinner theater broadcast..

Humans are born with more than 3oo bones, but by adult we have 206.

Sally Ride was not the first woman in space, she was the first American woman in space. Valentina Tereshkova was the first in 1963.

Hal 9000 never says, “Good Morning Dave.”

Marylyn Monroe did say, “If you cannot handle me at my worst you don’t deserve me at my best.” but she didn’t originate it.  It predates her by far.

The Blair Witch Project is not real, nor based on real.

There are more than 2 sexes.  XX and XY are what most people think.  But there are also XXX, XXY, XYY, XXXY, X and Y.  Not all that have a Y chromosome appear as a male.  Not all who have no Y, appear as female.  There is A LOT of information on this.

Mr. Rogers was not a sniper, he never served in the military.  Captain Kangaroo was in the service but never left the states and was not a sniper. Dr Ruth did train as a sniper but never served as one.  Julia Child was not a spy, she did however manage them for the OSS during WWII.

Ghandi didn’t say, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

The 18th Amendment did not make alcohol illegal.  Private possession and consumption was still legal.  Home production was technically illegal, but not enforced.

Yes the horse head in the bed in The Godfather was real.

Black lawn Jockeys were not connected to the underground railroad.

Lincoln did not live to see the 13th amendment ratified.  The Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves.

There is no Autism Epidemic, epidemics are the spread of contagious diseases.  The rise in autism was only due to a change in the diagnostic criteria.  Jenny McCarthy was a fool.

Alcohol does not help you feel warmer, it actually helps you lose feeling and encourages freezing by constricting blood vessels.

Scientifically, the term “organic food” is meaningless. It’s like saying a “human person”. All food is organic. All plants and animals are organic.  Plastic and coal are organic. There is very little difference between organic and non organic labeled foods. It is mostly a marketing ploy to charge more for similar or identical food.  Taste tests have consistently shown no ability to discern the difference.

Fracking is not putting methane in drinking water.  Water wells collect methane in some areas naturally.  Fracking takes place about 1 mile to 5 miles underground.  The deepest water wells I have found was about 600 feet.  Geology prevents them from mixing easily.    Gasland is propaganda

You need 137% more ethanol [E85] to go the same distance as regular gas.  E85 has 15% gas in it.  It takes gas to make E85.  It cannot be piped, it has to be trucked in trucks that optimistically make 7mpg on diesel.    Lemme put it differently, after you use gas to make ethanol, ad gas to ethanol and truck ethanol to every gas station from every refinery, you will get 18mpg on ethanol or 25 mpg on gas.  51 cents of every gallon of ethanol is paid for by your taxes via the federal govt and ethanol is not taxed by the feds.  So when it costs more than regular gas which it has done for the last three years near me, it has been making the industry alot of money!   ETHANOL SAVES NOTHING and was a republican political ploy to appease farmers.  It worked, you bought it.

Darwin didn’t originate the term “Survival of the fittest.”  Nor was he the first to propose evolution.  He credits Herbert Spencer, “The Principles of Biology” in 1864.

No, there is no hanging Munchkin in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

There is no closure in grief, acceptance is the last stage.

John Glenn was not the first man or American in space, the first man to go to space AND RETURN ALIVE was Yuri Gagarin [we think], the first American was Alan Shepard.

There is some evidence that there were more Soviet launches before Yuri Gagarin but it is hard to prove.  Suffice it to say logic says there were some failings.  Radio broadcasts were heard by Italians and Czechs that seemed to indicate disasters in space as early as 1958.  Also there is some evidence that Yuri didn’t go to space, might have been faked after several failures.

DB Cooper was named Dan Cooper.  DB was a miss quote in a newspaper.  Still doubt the power of the press?

The Cardiff giant was a hoax.

So was Piltdown Man

No, the head of the Eagle on the Presidential seal does not turn the other way in times of war.  Not to mention the US has not declared war since WWII.  Also, the sound of the Eagle most have heard, it actually the sound of a red tailed Hawk.  Bald Eagles squeak.

Ginger Rodgers did not say, “I did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels.”  That was from a comic strip.

Equinox in reference to seasons does not mean equal time of light and night (that should be a song lyric), it means the rotational axis of the earth is aligned equally with the sun.

Jim Lovell never said, “Houston we have a problem.”

George Washington was not the first President.  He was the first Constitutional President of the United States.  The first to use the term President was Peyton Randolph who was the first president of the Continental Congress, 1774. (14 different men held this title)  John Hanson was the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, 1781. (8 men have held that position and title) That makes George the 23rd “President” but 1st Constitutional President of the United States.

This one is confusing and I have no idea how we got so far from fact … Yes the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776.  The war started before that.  There were battles on June 28th, June 8th, Feb 27, 1776, Dec 30th, Dec. 11th, Nov 10th, June 17th, May 10, April 19, 1775.  Paul Revere, William Dawes and Sam Prescott’s ride took place on April 18, 1775.  The war ended on Sept. 3rd, 1783.  So can someone explain to me why we have July 4, 1776 as our birthday?  We weren’t “born”, until the war was won, and July 4th is not when it started.

There is NO Pacific Ocean garbage patch. None.  Myth.. However, there IS a lot of trash in the pacific and in some places it is very visible but there is hardly a Texas sized “island”, or a Rhode Island sized one or any … most of the trash is from the fishing and cruise ship industries.

Edison invented, almost nothing.  He had many, many scientist working for him that did. Yes his lab improved the light bulb after he purchased one of many existing patents, but his patents, for which others did all the labor, was among the hundreds that came before him for the light bulb.

General Custer was not a General.  He was a Lt. Colonel.

Texas cannot leave the US anytime it wants.  It can however split into up to 5 smaller states.  Here’s hoping!

George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter.  The Aztecs did.  Carver did invent like 300 other things to do with peanuts though!

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise, as viewed from above.  Damn space rebels …

Yes Truman’s middle initial is “S”, and no, it does not stand for anything, just “S”!

The North Star is not the brightest star in our sky or even close.  THE SUN IS!  There are many stars brighter then Polaris.  Polaris is three stars, not one.

There are many more than 5 senses.

Columbus did not discover America.  The Vikings were here long before him and the Cherokee Indians that were numbering in the 100,000s in 1492 are of Eastern Mediterranean decent. (Columbus never even believed he didn’t land on islands off the Indian coast, thus the term American INDIANS )  Not to mention, you know, the millions of native Americans already here.

Lighting does strike the same place twice, in fact it can strike the same place thousands of times.  In the case of a few locations, they can be struck hundreds of times a night!

Brontosauruses never existed, that was a whoops by Paleontologists.

Gerald Ford was never elected to the office of Vice President, he was appointed after the election when Agnew resigned.  So Ford is the only president who held office of President but was never elected to a role to hold the office.

Psychopath is not the psychological term for crazy, it means diminished sense of empathy.  It is also not a diagnosis nor defined in the DSM IV TR.  ( this does mean I accurately can be a psychopath in regards to Boston sports fans)

Pot IS addictive, get over it.

California wont and cannot fall into the ocean during the next big earth quake.  No matter how much I wish …

Hawaii is the southern most state, so the term “Lower 48” is very wrong.

Copernicus was not the first to suggest the earth rotated around the sun. It was Aristarchus, Plato, Aristotle and Ptolemy…

Chemical imbalance does not exist in psychology, there is no standard level of brain chemicals, of which there are hundreds.

Columbus did not prove the earth was round. That was common knowledge by then and proven centuries before.  His voyage would also not have proven it anymore than the hundreds of other voyages before his.

Traffic accidents sharply rise in the aftermath of the home team losing the Super Bowl.

Chuck Yeager was not the first to break the sound barrier. George Welch, who I have written about, broke it first but they didn’t know what the sonic boom was or meant.  Even Yeager acknowledges this.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day.  It is the day that outnumbered Mexican fighters won a battle they should not have, building unity and national pride.  Independence Day for them is September 16. And it was Independence from the French.

St Patrick ’s Day is not about Irish independence, nor snakes.  It is a Catholic Holiday marking the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It marks the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick.  So we get plastered on green beer … YEAH RELIGION!

Speaking of, Xmas is not a modern slight to remove Christ from Christmas. The X is chi in Greek and has been used to symbolize Christ from almost the beginning of Xianity.

President Nixon was not impeached; he resigned before that could take place.

Being impeached does not mean you are no longer president.  It means indited, not convicted.  Two Presidents have been impeached.  Both were found innocent.

The defenders of The Alamo, were defying orders and died in vain.

Alcatraz was not escape proof.  There was a break out in 1937.  The two that broke out were never found, only presumed dead and thus the myth of escape proof was maintained.  In 1962 one inmate did reach the mainland, so it was proven possible.  Earlier in 1962 the Anglin Brothers and Frank Morris escaped and were never seen again, until recently when the Anglin brothers were confirmed to have been living in Brazil.

And finally, an obvious but good one to remember, Alien Autopsy was a hoax put on by Fox News for ratings and things have gone down from there.


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