12 Common Misconceptions That Have Become Popular Facts

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

Misconceptions are sometimes so appealing to our minds, they become a part of common knowledge and some of them even get to the classrooms in our public schools. Here are some of the most persistent misconceptions that are believed to be right by many teachers even today.

1. We Only Use 10% of Our Brain

We Only Use 10% of Our Brain
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This is one of the most durable misconceptions that psychologists describe as "laughable." Modern studies, such as FMRI scans of the brain tell us that the brain always uses the full capacity to execute all its tasks.

2. Napoleon Was a Short Man

Napoleon Was a Short Man
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Napoleon Bonaparte was actually slightly taller than an average man of his time. After he had died, his height was 5 feet 2 inches in French feet, which is 5 feet 7 inches in English measurements.

3. Lincoln's Biggest Mission in Life Was to Abolish Slavery in America

Lincoln's Biggest Mission in Life Was to Abolish Slavery in America
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The desire of the Great Emancipator to free the slaves only concerned the Confederate States. He once wrote in 1862: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves, I would do it."

4. The Light Bulb Is an Invention of Thomas Edison

The Light Bulb Is an Invention of Thomas Edison
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The truth is that Edison only improved the concept of an incandescent light bulb after he bought a patent to it from an inventor named Heinrich Goebel. At the time, many scientists experimented with the concept of incandescent light bulbs.
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