List of Common Misconceptions

Read this and get educated:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions

Some of the most widespread misconceptions:

It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any man-made object from the Moon. The misconception is believed to have been popularized by Richard Halliburton decades before the first moon landing.

Among Muslims, there are people who believed that Kaabah is visible from the Moon. If Great Wall of China is not visible, then Kaabah, which is much smaller, have no way of being visible. Please stop propagating this lunatic propaganda. Islam can stand on its own; it does not need twisted “facts” like this.

However, the Kaabah (along with many other buildings) might be visible from a space shuttle flying in low orbit.

Also, the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has never heard azan on the moon, has never saw the line supposedly caused by Prophet Muhammad in the “moon cleaving” incident, has never been a Muslim, has never been hidden by Saudis, and has never been tortured by the Zionist intelligence agency because of his “Islamic belief”. These are all falsehood.

I saw Neil Armstrong in Discovery Channel a few days ago. He is not a Muslim and has never been one. Live with it. The whole story is a hoax spread by gullible Muslims to other gullible Muslims. Well, what can you say, the Muslims are not known for their critical thinking ability.

People do not use only ten percent of their brains. While it is true that a small minority of neurons in the brain are actively firing at any one time, the inactive neurons are important too.[57][58] This myth has been commonplace in American culture at least as far back as the start of the 20th Century, as was attributed to William James, who apparently used the expression metaphorically.[59] In the middle of the century, it was attributed to Albert Einstein[citation needed]. Some findings of brain science (such as the high ratio of glial cells to neurons) have been mistakenly read as providing support for the myth.[59]

Argggghhh…I feel like I want to rip my hair out every time I hear people saying that we only use “10% of our brain”. No dumbass, we use all 100%. That’s how efficient the human body is.

Usually this “fact” is repeated by people who want to sell their “mind-enhancing” products (like smart pills, raisins, kurma, smart water, etc). Gullible people are easily tricked: “kalau abang makan ubat ni, nanti kebolehan otak abang akan naik sehingga 70%, bukan 10% seperti orang biasa”. Fuck you.

Also, this “fact” is popular among motivational speakers and “mental” experts (not actual brain scientists, but people who teach mental math, silva method, new age, etc). In fact, this “fact” can be used as a test to check whether a person claiming to be an expert is actually an expert. Ask him how many % of the brain that we use? If he says 10%, then he is just another snake-oil motivational speaker. Walk away. Don’t waste your time and money listening to his drivel.

Although there are hair care products which are marketed as being able to repair split ends and damaged hair, there is no such cure. A good conditioner might prevent damage from occurring in the first place, but the only way to get rid of split ends after they appear is by a hair cut.[64][65][66]

Ladies, pay attention.

Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.[68] Double blind trials have shown no difference in behaviour between children given sugar full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or those considered “sensitive” to sugar. In fact, it was found that the difference in the children’s behaviour was all in the parents’ minds.[69]

Parents, pay attention. You should give a lot more weight to confirmed results of double blind experiments than to “old-folks wisdom” (kata orang-orang tua).

While the vitamin A in carrots does help to build healthy vision (among other things), it does not improve the eyesight of a person already in possession of healthy vision nor does it improve night vision. In fact, an excess of carrots can cause vitamin A toxicity and carotenemia in rare cases. This misconception arose from an RAF attempt to hide the discovery of radar from the Axis forces by claiming that their pilots had gained vastly improved night vision from being fed carrots, rather than from any technological advancement.

Again, parents, take note. Don’t stuff your kids with carrots, else he or she might end up having terrible eyesight.

Contrary to the common myth,[117] the Coriolis effect does not determine the direction that water rotates in a bathtub drain or a flushing toilet. The Coriolis force is relatively small; it appears over large scales (like weather systems), or in systems such as the Foucault pendulum in which the small influence is allowed to accumulate over time. In a bathtub or toilet, the flow of the water over the basin itself produces forces that dwarf the Coriolis force. In addition, most toilets inject water into the bowl at an angle, causing a spin too fast to be affected by the Coriolis effect.[118]

This is a valid misconception (true in theory, but the effect is negligible in practice). I’ve heard some friends pointed this out to me. This misconception is mild and not rage-inducing, unlike “we only use 10% of our brain” which really makes me want to punch a wall everytime I heard it being repeated.

There are many more in that Wiki link, I humbly suggest you read all of them.

8 Responses to List of Common Misconceptions

  1. faizal says:

    Woww..this is great! thanks for your very useful link

  2. hafiz says:

    pls do not punch the wall. but pls punch your friends face. heheheh

  3. yus rezal says:

    masuk boxing la bal.takpun beli je punch bag ngan glove kat kedai fitness.pastu bila ko panas hati jek,ko belasah la bag tu sambil bayang org yg ko nak belasah.tak salah beb.amacam?ok tak.hah hah hah

  4. suhaimiramly says:

    kekekeke saya cuma tensen kerana fakta2 yang salah dihebahkan sebagai “sains”, bukan tensen kepada orang tersebut. tak baik tumbuk orang, dosa

  5. Chang Yang says:

    I have this pet peeve about misconceptions and urban legends too. Another website that I highly recommend to everyone is this:

    BAD PHYSICS: Misconceptions spread by K-6 Grade School Textbooks

    Some of my favourite items in there:
    1. Astronauts float in the space station not because there is “zero gravity”
    2. If we hang two balloons on each side of a beam balance, one of which filled and one of which empty, the side with the filled balloon will go down. This DOES NOT show that air has weight.
    3. If we let sunlight goes through one prism, a band of light with the whole range of spectrum will be seen. If we let the spectrum of light goes through another identical prism, we will NOT see white light coming out from the other end. (I believe this is even in Malaysian science textbook)
    4. Electrons do not flow at the speed of light.
    5. The white “smoke” coming out from our piping hot coffee, the mist in a shower room, fog and cloud are not water vapour.

    Many more there.😀

  6. suhaimiramly says:

    CY, thanks for sharing!

    i think maybe one day i should write a book about this subject (in BM):

    SALAHFAHAM SAINS

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