10. Mount Everest is the Tallest Mountain in the World
Mount Everest is a whopping 29,029 feet tall and is indeed the tallest mountain in the world… above sea level. The actual tallest mountain in the world is Mount Kea in Hawaii at 33,465 feet tall, 19,666 of that is underwater. Mind-blowing huh?
9. You can see the Great Wall of China from space
Nahhhh, it’s actually really hard to pick out the Great Wall of China. It’s certainly big and it’s certainly long, but it’s also drowned out by all the artificial lights on the planet and conveniently built from the same colour rock as everything in that area of China. It blends in surprisingly well…
8. Humans have five senses
One of the first things we’re all taught as children is that we have five senses, but neurologists think we have nine and some even believe it might be as high as twenty-one. The other senses govern things like our perception pressure, heat, pain etc. Makes sense really… get it. Sense.
7. Bats are blind
They’re just not. It’s as simple as that. They have small eyes and they love the dark, but they can see almost as well as humans and just prefer to use their ears for echo-location because they’re night animals.
6. Inside your body, your blood is blue
Blood is NEVER blue, it’s always red. It looks blue inside veins through your skin because of the way light penetrates but that’s all. This is a weird piece of misinformation, what do people think happens when we get a cut? Our blood quickly changes colour?
5. Shaving makes hair grow back thicker
Shaving hairs doesn’t actually increase the thickness, colour or number of hairs that grow back afterwards. What the hair does do is grow back blunt because of the bluntness of the cut when shaving and it can look darker just because you’ve forgotten what it originally looked like. It’s more of a psychological effect than anything else.
4. Wait an hour after you eat before you swim
As anyone who’s ever been on holiday can tell you, this isn’t true. You might be a little uncomfortable if you’ve eaten too much, in which case by all means use this as an excuse, but it doesn’t actually have any effect on your prowess and certainly isn’t dangerous at all.
3. Chameleons change their colours to blend in and camouflage
They do change their colours, but they change them as a response to their emotions and other physical changes. If they’re angry they’ll let you know about it by turning a different colour, so they’re very communicative little lizards. They don’t really need to change colour to camouflage because they’re a good colour to blend in naturally.
2. Bulls hate the colour red
They can’t even see the colour red, they see the world in shades of blue and yellow. They have no opinion on red. They just don’t like matadors or blankets being waved aggressively, and who can blame them?
1. If you touch baby birds the mother will leave them to die
NO. So many baby birds have died because of this and it’s just not true. If you see a bird that has fallen out of its nest, pick it up and put it back. Birds have very little sense of smell so Mother Bird probably won’t even tell.