14 False Facts You've Probably Been Taught in School

Posted on Jun 06, 2016

Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. But what happens if one has been educated incorrectly? Here are 14 false facts that your school taught you.

1. Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus
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Christopher Columbus didn't discover America, nor did he prove that the Earth was round. The Viking Leif Erikson is considered to be the first European who set foot on the American continent. The Ancient Greeks already knew that the Earth was round.

2. Abraham Lincoln's Views on Slavery

Abraham Lincoln's Views on Slavery
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As the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln only abolished slavery because he believed it would empower the Union. He admitted that he would have kept slavery had he found another way.

3. Blue Veins

Blue Veins
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A popular misconception about our bodies was that our veins are blue because blood only turns red when it gets exposed to oxygen. However, the truth is that our eyes cannot see the color red through the layers of our skin.

4. Benjamin Franklin and Electricity

Benjamin Franklin and Electricity
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There is actually no historical evidence supporting the story that one of the Founding Fathers of the US, Benjamin Franklin, discovered electricity by flying a kite and waiting for it to get struck by lighting.
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