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64 Responses to The 10 Biggest Misconceptions We Learn In School

  1. Profile photo of jerrygreen
    jerrygreen Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    Link: The 10 Biggest Misconceptions We Learn In School - Mice like cheese? Napoleon was short? Think again.
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    Overmann Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:16 am
    Actually, we *did* evolve from apes. Just not any ape that is roaming the earth right now.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:18 am
    EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS A LIIIEEE!

    Except creationism. :D

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    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:18 am
    school lied to you? this is surprising? the only one i didn`t know was the tongue thing, and even that i had a vague idea about.
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    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:19 am
    "Actually, we *did* evolve from apes. Just not any ape that is roaming the earth right now."

    more accurately, we evolved from a common ancestor shared with modern apes today. but i`m pretty sure that`s what you were getting at.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:21 am
    Some of those were over-simplified and not entirely correct, which is odd since some point out mere inaccuracies not downright lies.

    But other than that it was a well written and entertaining article.

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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:23 am
    Vikings only had one Horn, it sprouted from their pelvis and was the envy of many a narwhal.
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    crazyjelly Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:24 am
    this guys an idiot, human evolution has been 100% proven.
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    Subushie Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:31 am
    this man is an angry dumb ass
    "which idiot Americans"
    i read this quote and stopped reading.
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    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:38 am
    his guys an idiot, human evolution has been 100% proven.

    and he agrees with it too. all he said was that we didnt evolve from the apes that we have now

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    JoeYC Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:45 am
    water does go different directions in north and south hemispheres. ive seen it myself
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    theshark350 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:47 am
    The German grading scale where I`m at is a 1 for a top grade and a 4 for a failing grade. Not sure how it was back in the day though, so now I`m just confused.
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:48 am
    Wrong! Water does flush in different directions. They did it on "Long Way Down" the tv series, when Ewan Mcgregor and Charlie Boorman went from Scotland to Cape town on motorbikes.
    This list is crap
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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:50 am
    I knew all these, except the mice and cheese one.
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    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:52 am
    #4 applies to almost every invention, where the person who got a patent on it was most certainly NOT the person who invented it.
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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:57 am
    And water doesn`t spin in different directions at different hemispheres. Please direct your attention to:
    http://www.snopes.com/science/coriolis.a...

    And besides, if you actually know what the coriolis force is, you`ll realize it can`t have any significant effect on the spin of the water.

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    tenty Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 10:04 am
    Thomas Edison bought the patent for the lightbulb for $11 of the original inventors widow...
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    LTimeLurker Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 10:14 am
    TheShark350 - Yeah, I have a feeling this list is a bit whack...<.<
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    ShamaziaV2 Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 10:22 am
    too bad if you ever correct anyone on these things you just sound like a smartass..
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 10:29 am
    so says the internet
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    FoSchizle Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 10:33 am
    That list sucks. The very first one is wrong, seeing as the German grading scale is 1 = A, and it actually goes to 6 not 4. It`s not a misconception.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:09 am
    Water doesn`t change direction in different hemispheres actually. The coriolis effect, while real, is a tiny force, and not enought to effect the direction that water swirls. Rather, the direction is determined by small imperfections and less-than-perfect shape in any given basin/sink whatever.

    Take a clockwise-swirling basin from the southern hemispehere over the equator to the northern, install it in exatcly the same way, exactly upright etc, and the water will STILL swirl clockwise. Things like the Long Way Down where theye did it are tourist traps for gullible mugs.

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:10 am
    Damn, Hansbo beat me to it. Yeah, well, what he said.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:27 am
    Biggest misconception in school was if you fail you will not get anywhere!
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    Bubbachrissy Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:49 am
    This list is terribly nit-picky, I`m surprised it doesn`t say that air is not O2 because there is also bacteria and carbon dioxide in it.
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    racerx666 Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    "This list is terribly nit-picky, I`m surprised it doesn`t say that air is not O2 because there is also bacteria and carbon dioxide in it."

    Actually, it`s mostly nitrogen.

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    Raefairy Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    Hear hear, Fatninja01. I bombed school and left at 16 to start my own business. Everyone said I was stupid, I was gonna end up on benefits or stacking shelves, blah blah blah. My teachers used to ridcule me becuase I have dysbraxia + my handwriting looks like a 3 year olds, + told me I was deluded for believing I could make it. I sell my handmade clothes and jewelry online, was Newcomer of the Week on a site that supports young designers, and when I returned to my hometown I was nominated for a Young Entrepeneurs award. A kid who had a great idea on how clean up our scuzzy town got the award instead, but I was still given cash to improve my website. Oh, and I`m going to be featured in a book on collected makeup tips next year. The best part? I turned 18 last month :D If you believe in yourself, that`s all that counts, kids.
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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    hahaha. oh that guys is pretty funny.
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    krackfishy3 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    Raefairy, I`m proud of you, and I`m gonna let you finish, but Bombing schools is never a good idea... people get hurt!
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    Dradan659 Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    i was never taught any of that stuff
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    Piepig Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm
    Cool teacher, although I don`t agree with him in some of it.
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    Piepig Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm
    Like human evolution.
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    Raefairy Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    XD I`m not smart enough to make dynamite.....yet
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    AcidicLemons Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    I like the witty sarcasm. :D
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    ShadowDD13 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    this guy is a jackass, and why does everyone have it out for americans? because our country is doing better then yours? are you jealous? well no one cares about ur bitching so go die in a hole
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    Batgirl1334 Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    In fact, Napoleon was short, and he was at his time even mocked because of that. There was a french pun made by Victo Hugo who called him "Nabo-Leon" (a "nabo(t)" is a really mean word for a really short person).
    And mice do love cheese. Or mine pretend to just to be nice ;)
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    His mice-loving-cheese logic is stupid. Just because mice don`t get cheese in their natural habitat doesn`t mean they don`t like it.
    I don`t see many Dairy Milk bars forming in the wilderness, but that doesn`t mean I don`t love the taste of chocolate.
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    unsub Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    "That list sucks. The very first one is wrong, seeing as the German grading scale is 1 = A, and it actually goes to 6 not 4. It`s not a misconception."

    I second that.

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    Hiromi Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    I had pet mice before, and they do NOT like cheese. They never touched the stuff.
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    Baelzar Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    11. Reading, Writing and Math are overrated.
    12. Mmm mmm mmm, Barack Hussein Obama.
    13. Unions are for the workers` benefit.
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    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    I prefer Cracked`s article.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    "I don`t need the front half of my tongue to taste your aunt Gladys`s sweet ass!"

    Didn`t need that part. X_x

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    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    just out of curiosity was the german grading scale the same 60-70 years ago as it is now? you know after a couple major shifts?
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    14. The internet is a wonderful education tool
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm
    This was a terrible article. No one in their right mind believed any of those things. I`ll start with Albert Einstein. He was a mathematical genius but his language development was delayed and he didn`t speak until he was five years old. This made his family think he was retarded and it makes most people believe that he had Autism or at least Asperger`s Syndrome. Who thinks that he failed mathematics in school? NO ONE!
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    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    interesting poo...
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    ImDanny Male 13-17
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    November 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm
    @Asspenny
    My school has German exchange students come every year and the latest batch just left. When you talk to them grades come up, and they all say they get ones or twos. I`m sure they don`t send over just the dumb ones.
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    Allison42o Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    i think 5`7 is short for a guy.
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    uncleduck Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    I have never once heard the misconception that Columbus thought the world was flat. He was trying to get to India by sailing West, so of course he knew it was round.

    However, I have heard the misconception that he thought it was round and everyone else thought it was flat. Untrue, but makes more sense.

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    uncleduck Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm
    @allison, the average height is taller now than then.
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    Allison42o Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    ah i see :P
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm
    Hansbo, Snopes.com is just a guy and his wife working out of their house. They are not authorities on anything. Their explanation of the Coriolis effect is complete bullpoo. It has nothing to do with the difference in speed; it has to do with conservation of angular momentum.

    Take a round tub on a stand, drill a hole in the center of the bottom, and put a stopper in the hole from the bottom. Then fill it with water, let it sit for a few hours, and pull the plug. In the northern hemisphere the water will start to spin counter-clockwise; in the southern hemisphere, it will spin clockwise. The water is already rotating due to earth`s rotation. It speeds up as it moves toward the center, just like a spinning skater. The effect is small, but it is real.

    The water in a toilet spins mostly because the water from the tank is directed at an angle to cause it to spin. You can make the water spin either direction, but toilets work better if they work with, not against, the Coriolis effect.

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    Andicicle Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    Yeah, what he fails to mention is that in the disney film "White Wilderness" The disney people actually FORCED the lemmings to run off of the cliff.... dratin` disney.
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    lilfox_4u Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 1:30 am
    ShadowDD13....Where exactly in this article did he attack America or Americans? Um...they teach stupid sh*t in schools all over the world. Calm down....getting worked up about against that wasn`t said makes you look like there is infact something to it!
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    kittilia Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 2:14 am
    l.o.l.
    I feel really stupid now.
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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 3:09 am
    Oldollie, think of it this way: Rotation of the water when you pull the plug occurs around the center of the "body" of water. Unless you pull the plug at one of the poles, the entire body of water rotates around the axis of the earth at the same speed, and would therefore not be affected by that fact.

    And I kind of like the explanation of difference in speed. That one is very pleasant, because you can understand it. Basically, it`s a fictional force which comes up when you try to convert a rotating coordinate system to a flat one. And it is rather the difference in speed which makes it happen.

    Imagine standing at the north pole and throwing a rock towards the equator. Since the rock doesn`t move when you`re standing at the pole, but the earth moves quite fast at the equator, the path of the rock would appear to accelerate against the direction of the rotation of the earth for an observer standing on the ground. So it is rather strongly related to the speed difference.

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    AGit Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2009 at 6:11 am
    "this guy is a jackass, and why does everyone have it out for americans? because our country is doing better then yours? are you jealous?"

    Doesn`t say where he was born, but the page says "Paul Jury is a writer & comedy web video producer in LA." so I`m guessing he probably is american.
    Therefore the answers to your not-quite-questions are: They don`t, most likely not, and not really.

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    KatieLady47 Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    hahahaha "As my great uncle Ralph, who lost half his tongue in Nam, used to say, `Hrm rmrng rmhrm mrhng!`" hahaha
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    in2gooh Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    "this guy is a jackass, and why does everyone have it out for americans? because our country is doing better then yours? are you jealous?"

    your country is doing well? HA! that actually cracked me up more than the article

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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    Hansbo, you may like the speed explanation, but the laws of the Universe really don`t give a fap what you like.

    Let me try this again. The entire tub is spinning at a rate of 1 revolution per day about an axis parallel to the earth`s axis. The component of that spin around the tub`s vertical axis is proportional to the cosine of the latitude.

    The angular momentum of one molecule of water relative to the vertical axis of the tub is 2(pi)r m cos(lat)/t, where r is the distance of the molecule from the rotational axis, m is the mass of the water molecule, and t is the period of rotation.

    For each molecule of water in the tub, this quantity must remain constant. When you pull the plug, and the water moves toward the drain, the distance r is decreased, and therefore, the time period t must also decrease to keep the entire quantity constant. In other words, the water HAS to increase it rotational speed as it moves toward the center of the tub to keep its angular momentum constant.

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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    :O didnt know that about #10 XD
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    Dfaulted Male 13-17
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    November 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    Did anyone actually think vikings had horns
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    heavenly15 Female 13-17
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    November 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    Some of them were covered on QI.
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    samidoll Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    i call bs on about three of these.
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