With the passage of time, everything changes. There are things we taught that we thought were etched in stone only by the fact that we learned them in school. Science and research have been changing the story and now, eight things we learned as children, are not certain.
The big lies of our childhood
1 – The great wall of China can be seen from space
Chinese Astronaut Yang Liwei took care to do away with this myth in 2003. The great wall of China can only be seen under specific conditions such as snow and with the correct cameras. Yes, you can see the lights of large bridges.
2 – Pluto is a planet
Scientists have agreed now that Pluto is not a planet, so the Solar System that we know is not the current one. After much controversy, the scientists are debating again whether it should be considered a planet.
3 – The witches of Salem were burned at the stake
Everything you have told and what you have seen in the movies was a lie. The witches of Salem were hanged. Witches were burned at the stake in Europe, while New England still had their own laws which stipulated that the punishment for witchcraft was hanging.
4 – Diamond is the most resistant substance
Since the year 2009, they have discovered two substances more resistant than diamond: lonsdaleite and boron nitrate. Both substances are difficult to find, but the science is already working on recreating them chemically.
5 – The Jewish slaves built the pyramids
The workers of Egypt built the pyramids, there were no slaves. The jews didn’t even exist when the pyramids were built, so this belief is erroneous.
6 – Folding a paper more than seven times is impossible
What is certain is that the record number of times you can fold a paper is 13.
7 – American independence
We were taught that America became an independent country on July 4, 1776, however, it was not until seven years later, in 1783. The declaration of Independence itself was signed in 1776, but it was not until years later, with the Treaty of Paris, when they became independent.
8 – George Washington’s teeth
For many years it was taught that the teeth of Washington were made of wood. With the passage of years, it has been discovered that Washington was using a denture consisting of teeth of slaves that he bought.