10 Fascinating Facts That Are Wrong

Submitted by: cobrakiller 6 years ago Weird
http://listverse.com/2009/05/23/another-10-fascinating-facts-that-are-wrong/

Cell phones and brain cancer? Woah. So how many of these did you believe?
There are 43 comments:
Female 124
There must be a lot of very stupid people out there. I already knew all of those weren`t true. That`s... really sad. :/
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Male 25,416
This was really dumb, they are saying your wrong and there right!
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Male 117
Hmm, i only believed one of those (the one about the statues)... But about phones - they DO cause a lowered sperm count :P
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Female 635
i like the mexican coke better

and my grandpa has a banana tree

:D

or herb... whatever it is
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Male 37,888
cell phones don`t cause cancer.
LINK
excessive use of it can cause increase chance of 1 type of tumor.

So if you have a tan line from your cell phone...Put It Down!
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Female 3,727
Typhoid Mary was nasty, wash your damn hands woman!
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Male 487
"the impact of cell phone on health is still under study." and what they will find is that EM radiowaves do not cause cancer.

This is one of those myth`s that just drives me apesh*t because so many people believe it. I work in the telecom industry with satellite transmitters that output 10,000 times the power your cellphone does. I get a years worth of cellphone `radiation` in probably 5 minutes at work. We have guys that have worked here for 25 years and there`s not a thing wrong with them.

Also, EM radiowaves are not line of sight they broadcast. So one person talking on a cell phone is irradiating everone around them. Add that up with all the other wireless devices and everyone would be walking tumors if they posed a serious risk.
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Female 654
i dont think the myth was about cell phones in genral causing cancer. i always heard that cell phones were dangerous for CHILDREN since thier skulls are still forming in adolescence. any waves..or whatever the hell is what was supposed to cause brain formation problems in kids. i think i saw something on mythbusters once about this but i dont remeber what they were saying caused these problems hypotheticaly. anyway socially you shouldnt give a child a phone because they need to be outside playing instead of texting each other about god knows what.
i always want to punch a child in the face when i see them with phones..so theres another reason. (child punching psychos like myself)
my parents used to lock us outside all day, and didnt give a crap where we went. we could go on a little adventure as long as it wasnt in the house
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Male 1,360
the impact of cell phone on health is still under study.
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Male 187
If they`re wrong, then they`re not facts. Duuuuhh
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Female 1,515
Someone told me about the banana thing like years ago, and since it was from a person I trust, I assumed it was true...Though the explanation I got was not the same as what they said on that site....it had to do with bottlenecking the banana population, and germination problems or whatevs. Can`t totally remember now x.x.

And I don`t believe HFCS is really the problem with obesity. I think it`s bad habits/laziness/no self control that`s making america fat. Just sayin`
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Male 15,832
As for Columbus, not only did everyone know the earth was round, they knew how big it was, and therefore, they knew how far it was to the Spice Islands (Indonesia) by traveling west. They knew the crew would certainly starve before they could complete the trip. Columbus was just lucky there was another great land mass in between. Otherwise he would have only been about a fourth of the way there.
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Female 3,828
Interesting. i didnt know a couple- like the banana one, or the horses hooves one.
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Male 15,832
The high-fructose corn syrup myth is just that: a myth.
Actually, regular corn syrup has more glucose that fructose. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is refined to give it more fructose. The actual ratio varies from 50:50 to 70:30. Sucrose (white sugar) breaks into glucose and fructose as soon as it hits your stomach.

The reason kids are so fat is not because Coke is sweetened with HFCS; They`re fat because Cokes have gone from 6 oz. to 20 oz.

Regarding the equestrian statue myth, that`s more of a rule that`s not strictly followed.

As for Einstein, E=mc^2 can be derived from Special Relativity and is, therefore, part of it. His 4th great theory was General Relativity, which explained gravity as curved spacetime rather than a classical Newtonian force. Incidentally, he won his Nobel prize for the photoelectric effect, which, among many other things, make digital photography possible.
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Male 3,756
"That`s the strangest thing about the man. He discovered the new world and inspired others to explore it, without at first realizing it wasn`t eastern Asia."

That`s only because his GPS was down.
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Male 3,756
Gotta say that this article misrepresents a fact. From reading "atrocities he committed" about Columbus, one might assume it had to do with the natives. It did not. It had to with the treatment of his own crew and colonials.
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Male 12,138
vv Bollocks Lionhart. The only thing Australians ever discovered was how to sneak up behind a kangaroo without being detected.
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Male 8,302
> davymid
> The vikings landed in Newfoundland (eastern Canada) about 500 years before columbus arrived in the Americas

You`re fooling yourself mate. Biggus Dickus, third grandson of Adam and Eve, claimed it first for Australia in 4,920 BC. Now get out of our country, now.
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Male 12,138
Indeed Skine. What I meant was, the vikings were the first Europeans to discover the Americas. Indeed, there is some interesting speculation that the Irish were the first, specifically St. Brendan. This would have been 500 years before the vikings, around 500AD.

Whatever way you slice it, it sure wasn`t Columbus.
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Male 719
@davymid: Actually, this line is true, in a sense.

Sure the Vikings found Newfoundland (and Newfies) and the Native Americans found Alaska long before 1492. In fact, even when Columbus went back, he called the people Indians. He actually thought they were from the Indies (roughly the area from India through Indonesia).

That`s the strangest thing about the man. He discovered the new world and inspired others to explore it, without at first realizing it wasn`t eastern Asia.
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Male 7,378
Indeed Cobrakiller many scientists simplify it into glucose and fructose and claim it sugars equal but the process is really much more complex than that. Including the amalayses, back-blending, liquid chromatography, multiple filterings, ion-exchanges and evaporation all to call it sugar. It`s not sugar, it`s corn. Leave it to a advertisers working for the corn industry to have everyone convinced otherwise. This ad is from the Corn Refiners Association.
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Male 12,138
"Columbus did fail to reach his original destination, but in so doing he discovered the Americas."

Incorrect. The vikings landed in Newfoundland (eastern Canada) about 500 years before columbus arrived in the Americas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Anse_aux_Meadows
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Female 1,324
the only one I believed was the horse one... I mean it makes perfect sense really until you do the reasearch. but whether or not margarine is one step from plastic or not, you shouldn`t eat it >>; it`s not good.
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Female 179
my family comes from mexico and my grandma always says that maxican soda is the best, didnt believe her though because she also says that chicken was better there
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Female 467
respost :/
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Male 7,585
madest, i just took my second semester of Biochemistry and there is nothing wrong with that process. in fact the enzymes you pointed out in your post (glucose isomerase and alpha-amylase) are found within your body and these steps are normally performed within your mitochondria. so basically this process just does some of the steps before the sugars hit your body.
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Male 3,482
This is so overwhelmed with BS, I don`t know where to begin... Not to mention he didn`t give any sources for 3/4 of what he claimed...
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Female 1,604
dammit listverse is the very first site I go onto everyday, so I already knew this :(
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Male 2,703
"people CLAIM to tell the difference between HFCS and sugar made sodas"

there IS a difference. there is also a difference between soda distributed in glass, plastic, and aluminum, just like with beer.

I`ll stand by the HFCS is making america fat. I stopped drinking soda (I usually drink 1/2 gallon/day) for one week, I lost 10 lbs (and 2 inches), mainly I lost my gut. I started drinking soda again, regained those 2in; switched to sugar made soda (MD throwback and DP sugar) lost those 2 in within a week despite the soda.

its no clinical trial, as my diet wasn`t exactly the same over all 4 weeks, but it wasn`t extraordinarily different either
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Male 591
I noticed that none of the claims were sourced, and I see two things on the list that are wrong. Not a very convincing article.
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Male 318
HFCS takes less work for the body to break down. Best to use only natural, unrefined sugars.
Also the cell phone thing is off base. A lot of studies show otherwise. http://tiny.cc/qicbc
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Male 959
Came in to point out the HFCS one was incorrect. I see my work here is already done.

Given that the first one was wrong, I didn`t read the rest
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Male 7,378
Wikepedia explains it:

The enzyme process which changes the 100% glucose corn syrup into HFCS 90 is as follows:
1. Cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called oligosaccharides.
2. Glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose.
3. Xylose isomerase (aka glucose isomerase) converts glucose to a mixture of about 42% fructose and 50′52% glucose with some other sugars mixed in.

They don`t need to do all that to sugarcane nor do they reprocess it and call it corn.
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Male 719
"Second, as a result of the manufacturing process for high-fructose corn syrup, the fructose molecules in the sweetener are free and unbound, ready for absorption and utilization. In contrast, every fructose molecule in sucrose that comes from cane sugar or beet sugar is bound to a corresponding glucose molecule and must go through an extra metabolic step before it can be utilized.

According to a Princeton University Study.
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Male 719
"A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same."

"High-fructose corn syrup and sucrose are both compounds that contain the simple sugars fructose and glucose, but there at least two clear differences between them. First, sucrose is composed of equal amounts of the two simple sugars -- it is 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose -- but the typical high-fructose corn syrup used in this study features a slightly imbalanced ratio, containing 55 percent fructose and 42 percent glucose. Larger sugar molecules called higher saccharides make up the remaining 3 percent of the sweetener.
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Male 12,365
[quote] HFCS is not sugar. It is a manmade caloric sweetner.[/quote]

HFCS is a mixture of two sugars (fructose and glucose). It`s artificial in the sense that it`s mixed in factories, but so is a lot of the food we eat.

[quote]Actually, HFCS/cornsyrup -is- making America fat. Or at least every single food that contains it, which includes every soda you can get at McDonalds or similar.[/quote]

Can you explain why you think HFCS is different to sugar from cane or beet in that respect? I`m thinking that very large amounts of fructose and glucose in food and drink will have that effect regardless of whether it`s in the form of HFCS or sugar from cane ot beet (which is also a mix of fructose and glucose in very similar proportions).
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Male 203
I already knew that all these were wrong... -.-;
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Male 7,378
Wow that`s a pop-up ridden, annoyance of a web-page. Do advertisers really think pestering people is good for business? I got news for you Evian, I will never drink your polluted water. Shove it up your annoying a55.

Also, don`t trust fact #1: HFCS is directly linked to America`s increases in obesity and diabetes. HFCS is not sugar. It is a manmade caloric sweetner. The corn lobby is behind this mis-information and what you are reading is not science it`s gobbeldygook.
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Male 5
Actually, HFCS/cornsyrup -is- making America fat. Or at least every single food that contains it, which includes every soda you can get at McDonalds or similar.
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Female 1,963
I wasn`t at all surprised by any of these. Many of them I had never heard before, and those that I had heard I hadn`t believed.
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Male 1,151
If the above mentioned "facts" are not true, then they cease to be facts....
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Male 2,551
I believed the horse feet one - it does sound believable though. And Newtons apple, mostly because I`ve never really thought about it in much detail. The others I had no idea anyone thought about them.
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Male 7,585
Link: 10 Fascinating Facts That Are Wrong [Rate Link] - Cell phones and brain cancer? Woah. So how many of these did you believe?
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