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Date: 04/02/08 03:09 PM

53 Responses to 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught in School

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    843 Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm
    Link: 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught in School - Einstein didn`t flunk maths and Newton didn`t get the stroke of genius.
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    CRA-Z_HEART Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm
    odd stuff...
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    randomness07 Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    OH, THE LIES!
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    m00shy Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    Interseting though :D
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    m00shy Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    ^ or maybe even interesting...

    lol

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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    Urgh!

    Thank you for posting this.

    About time more people knew.

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    Oshidutako Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm
    haha. i knew it. sorta. kinda. not really.

    interesting facts though.

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    Brant167 Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm
    I disagree, the biggest lie is that the civil war was fought over slavery. Thats like saying Iraq was fought to liberate the Iraqi people.
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    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm
    This is so sad. I believed this stuff. Kind of wish it was still true *cries*
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    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    im gonna show my history teacher this :D
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    oh_jessika Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    Interesting.
    I believed a bunch of that.
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    imcoolyeah Male 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm
    Wow Ben was a pimp!
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm
    5. I knew about Washington Irvin (he wrote 3 books on Columbus.) And it was Pythagoras or another guy discovered the circumference of the Earth within 500 miles. The first globe was made in 1492

    4. That was obviously fake.
    3. His niece said that a fruit hit him on the head. It never said apple or not but there is some truth to this
    2. A child and an axe dont go together
    1. I always doubted it but was never sure

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    ParanoiDroid Female 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm
    oh no! my innocence has been stolen away!

    nice article, hadn`t known ripley actually mattered. interesting.

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    Surfingninja Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm
    I laughed so hard at George Washington punching the tree into splinters.
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm
    civil war was weird,if i remember correctly and dont need to read on that again instead of the napoleonic wars at first the union was pro slavery and the confederacy con then they switched halfway through it over political crap,to say it in barbaric nutshell terms
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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm
    And US historians find Canada`s History boring because, quote, "Not enough death".

    Whats better, not enough death or being tought lies in the school room?

    Like when when Drunk angry "Canadian" farmers marched down and Burnt the White house Down, or How The "US" lost the war of 1812 thanks inpart to one really stupid strategy. (Fighting down the river instead of cutting off supply downriver)

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    lovemeowmix Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm
    And how do we know that this is not pulled form somebody`s bum???
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    lovemeowmix Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm
    Life is full of lies.
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    yakooza Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm
    WHAT Einstein WAS GAY?
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    MadP Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm
    Did you know that the quote, unquote Pythagorean Theorem was found on pyramids in Egypt...I guess fact number 6 is that anything people thought Greeks did was really stolen from Egypt. Christianity was too.

    HA HA HAHAAAAAA

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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm
    einstein did get low marks in math, but he wasnt an idiot in math. he did get lazy when he was older, and had the lower people on the totem pole do the grunt work, but he wasnt stupid when it came to math.

    and newton didnt invent calculus, it was believed to be around back in the "ancient" era, and i believe it was ancient india (iirc). i had a book about where all the parts of math were discovered.

    and i doubt that cracked knew too much about einstein`s math history, especially since they always comment about not citing sources, and they didnt themselves.

    on a random note, it isnt completely impossible to believe that einstein was advanced in math nor that he might`ve taught calculus while still learning it. my reasoning? i did that my freshman year of high school when i took calculus II (with all the seniors) and by the end of the year, i was up at the class more than the teacher.

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm
    Where`s the one about the first Thanksgiving? I want our nation`s children learning that they didn`t sit at a table and say grace, but that the only grace they were saying was to protect them from the fevered assault!
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    ball_dogg_49 Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm
    "What the fart?"


    lol.

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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 5:09 pm
    Its funny that they proposed a ridiculous lie in their article.

    They quipped about Einstein working on quantum physics. Yet, if they even took the smallest amount of time to read about Einstein`s later years they would find he was a staunch opponent of quantum physics and would have nothing to do with it.

    Kinda like me. General Relativity FTW!

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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm
    I knew quite a few of those already, but it`s still interesting to read.
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 5:57 pm
    ikeray, complete calculus was invented by newton and Leibniz at the same time but independently. Better put, Leibniz and Newton invented modern calculus
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    PC-Player Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm
    Never heard that Einstein was poor at math, but i did hear that he was bad at other subjects... I wonder why they didn`t mention anything about it here.
    Also, he might have very well failed a math class, but NOT because of his ability. Rather, he might have been rebellious against the teaching institution.
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    ladynerd Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 6:34 pm
    Gotta love a good factoid
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    astridhaze Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 6:45 pm
    I remember learning some of this stuff as a child. Then, when I got to AP world and U.S. History in school, my teachers told us all the truth. It was shocking, and it`s sad that people still learn these myths in school.
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    wyngit Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 6:55 pm
    Quote Dakkar
    "They quipped about Einstein working on quantum physics. Yet, if they even took the smallest amount of time to read about Einstein`s later years they would find he was a staunch opponent of quantum physics and would have nothing to do with it."

    This is *not right*. If you`d look at what Einstein got his nobel prize for, it was for the optoelectric effect, which was a confirmation experiment *for* quantum mechanics.

    Also Einstein *did* work a lot with quantum mechanics. The bose-einstein condensate result of solid state physics for example. Go check it out!

    General relativity is cool but it cannot explain what quantum mechanics does; they deal with length scales that are quite different.

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    huh123 Male 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 6:58 pm
    i knew schools lie to us....im gunna quit school
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 7:37 pm
    pc-player, the only subject that einstein REALLY struggled with was grammar, much like the people on the internet...
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    msimmons Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 8:21 pm
    Quote Dakkar
    "They quipped about Einstein working on quantum physics. Yet, if they even took the smallest amount of time to read about Einstein`s later years they would find he was a staunch opponent of quantum physics and would have nothing to do with it."

    Wyngit is right. Einstein only became opposed to what essentially his work started when he realized it conflicted with his idea of an infinite/constant universe.

    Also, Einstein DID fail a physics course. (Or get a D ) It was a practical physics course, in which he felt that he was above the given instructions, so he would throw them out and do the experiment his own way.

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    Painter13 Male 40-49
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    April 2, 2008 at 8:33 pm
    True facts about history they didn`t teach you
    Paul Revere never made his ride, the Spanish American War started by an accident and not an attack,(ships boiler blew up) Teddy Roosevelt never made the charge up San Juan hill. Sadly, I could write all day about the lies we were fed in school.
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    BikerTeen Male 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 8:58 pm
    ummmmmmmmm.............it only shows 3 for me but i knew they were lies
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    britt566 Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    Well who ever wrote this stuff likes to say f*ck a lot.
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    ball_dogg_49 Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    ^^

    Albert F*cking Einstein

    rofl

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    omggilyy Female 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    i effinh love cracked.com

    :]

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    Neon_Fedora Female 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm
    Funny how as soon as I saw the title, I immediately smelled something funky. *foreheadpalm* Why it must be cracked.com!
    *Eye roll*
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    Neon_Fedora Female 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm
    That doesn`t mean it wasn`t worth reading of course! ;)
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    wowibrandon Male 13-17
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    April 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm
    knew this already

    but it brought back memories

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    i-am-emo Female 70 & Over
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    April 3, 2008 at 1:44 am
    why dont we all just go to cracked.com if all their links are being sent here. i mean seriously
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    Declan191919 Male 13-17
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    April 3, 2008 at 1:51 am
    I love cracked.com
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    odeed Male 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 2:17 am
    In addition to the point in the article about christopher columbus, he actually never reached America at all. Funny that.
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    Shortone0726 Female 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 8:22 am
    That was a boring article..I new about the Christopher Columbus thing because I was taught the "truth" but I don`t really believe the other ones that the author talked about.
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    trello Male 30-39
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    April 3, 2008 at 8:50 am
    Would have been more entertaining if the writer hadn`t decided to use expletives every 2nd f**king sentence. I`m not a prude, but there comes a point where you`ve got to wonder if the writer is a repressed 12 year old who is trying to do `grown up adult stand-up comedy`.

    As for Einstein never knowing failure, that`s not true. Einstein couldn`t grasp the conclusion that the universe is expanding, and forced a mathematical proof that the universe was static. However, this was disproved by spectrum shifts in moving galaxies. Einstein later declaired it his greatest folly.

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    Tankity Male 30-39
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    April 3, 2008 at 9:59 am
    No wonder other countries insult our education system. That, and the fact that there are politicians who cut educational funding, but have no problem spending taxpayer money on personal pet projects... like teapot museums...
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    tedweird Male 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 11:05 am
    Actually, Einstein DID fail out of school, but it was because he refused to learn French.
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    Nazarene Male 50-59
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    April 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    Number 6: A human embryo has gills.
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    catsthewagon Male 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm
    I think Einstein just didn`t like the thought of a finite universe.
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    Indolence Male 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 10:02 pm
    ahem.. I KNEW IT!
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    April 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm
    Don`t believe everything you read or hear. Text books,Religion, Parents, and the internet.

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