10 ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows…That Are Actually Myths

At one point or another, your mother probably told you to put a hat on in the winter, since heat escapes through your head.

You probably also believe that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, and that if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it forever. By a certain point, these “facts” are drilled so far into our brains that we believe them without question.

But I have some bad news for you, folks. Most of these facts are actually fiction.

1. Mount Everest is not, in fact, the tallest mountain in the world.

If you include bases that are underwater, Mauna Kea rises 33,465 feet into the air (only 13,796 feet are above sea level). Everest is 29,029 feet tall.

2. Deoxygenated blood is not blue.

Some of your veins look blue through the skin, but they’re actually just really dark red. Once blood has circulated throughout your body, it’s less oxygenated, lending it a deeper hue.

3. Chameleons don’t change color to blend in with their surroundings.

It actually occurs when these critters experience physiological and emotional changes.

4. You don’t lose most of your body heat through your head.

Your body loses the same amount of heat per square inch from head to toe.

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5. Glass is not a slow-moving liquid.

Although some older window panes appear to be melting, that’s just how they were made. The manufacturing process in the 1800s was kind of shoddy, which explains those imperfections.

6. The Great Wall of China can’t be seen from space.

Despite its length, it can’t be seen with the naked eye from outer space, even in low orbit.

7. Mother birds won’t abandon their babies if you touch them.

Birds actually have terrible senses of smell, so there’s really no risk associated with imparting your scent. That being said, don’t go around grabbing baby birds.

8. Different parts of your tongue don’t detect different tastes.

With very rare exceptions, your tongue is an equal-opportunity taster.

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9. Humans don’t have just 5 senses.

The senses we all learned about in elementary school don’t account for things like nociception, which is the ability to feel pain.

10. Columbus didn’t think that the Earth was flat.

Ever since the ancient Greeks slayed the logic game, humans have known that the Earth was round. The idea that some intrepid explorer set off into the sunset believing that the world was flat makes for a great story, but it’s not based in fact. He was just your average genocidal narcissist.

(via How Stuff Works)

Well, thanks for nothing, teachers. It’s one thing to learn this stuff from our parents, but it’s another thing entirely when it’s relayed to us by educators. How many of these not-so-factual “facts” did you learn in school?

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No Matter What Little Crisis Happens In Your Life, This Guy Has A Post-It Note With The Solution

Life is full of little annoyances.

Whether you need to decide if you should drink another coffee, can’t handle the anxiety that comes from waiting for a reply, or constantly forget to bring your lunch to work, Chaz Hutton has a sticky note for you.

His Instagram is full of relatable, hilarious posts about the everyday trials and tribulations we all face. Here are some of our favorites.

In case you’re wondering how to adjust your clocks on November 6, this is your answer.

A note for those nights when you need a quick dinner.

Anyone who works in a creative field can totally relate to this.

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6 Mysterious Plane Crashes That Baffle People To This Day

In 1903, the human race did the unthinkable and learned to fly. While aviation is a huge industry today, we often forget that every time we take off, we’re essentially tempting fate.

It’s highly unlikely that any of us will ever die in a plane crash, but accidents do happen. Here are some of the most mysterious plane crashes in history.

Star Dust

During a flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago back in 1947, a British South American Airways plane called Star Dust disappeared over the Andes mountains. For more than 50 years, we didn’t know what happened to the plane. In 2000, however, pieces of the wreckage were found on a glacier. Many speculated that it had been abducted by aliens before that discovery. Still, no one seems to know the meaning of the last morse code message that the pilot sent out: “STENDEC.”

Amelia Earhart

We know that she and her navigator, Noonan, took off from Lae on July 2, 1937. We know that she was having trouble with her radio near the Nukumanu Islands and that she never arrived to her destination on Howland Island. Other than that, we don’t really have any idea what happened to Amelia Earhart or her plane, although there are many theories. Some think that her plane merely ran out of fuel, and others believe that she may have been captured by the Japanese. There’s even a theory that she survived the flight and secretly moved to New Jersey after assuming a new identity.

Pan Am Flight 7

No one has ever determined what caused the crash of Pan Am Flight 7. On November 8, 1957, the plane departed from San Francisco on its way to Honolulu, but along the way, it somehow crashed. Pieces of the wreckage could be seen in the ocean. All researchers know is that corpses recovered from the scene contained high levels of carbon monoxide.

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EgyptAir Flight 990

While flying from Los Angeles to Cairo in 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic 60 miles outside of Nantucket Island, killing all 217 aboard. The FBI was asked to join the investigation when evidence suggested that the plane was taken down intentionally.

Egyptian officials didn’t like that idea, so they launched their own investigation. That’s why there are two conflicting stories. The Egyptians insisted that it was a mechanical issue, while the Americans were sure that Gameel Al-Batouti crashed the plane on purpose. Al-Batouti was recorded saying “I rely on God” 11 times before the plane hit the water.

Helios Airways Flight 522

As Helios Airways Flight 522 was in its holding pattern, two F-16 fighter jets came to intercept it. But as they passed the cabin, they realized that the captain wasn’t in his chair and that all the passengers were dead. Apparently, the plane ran out of oxygen, which killed everyone on board. The plane then crashed into a mountain.

B-47 Stratojet

This plane’s 1956 disappearance was especially disturbing because it carried two nuclear reactor cores. It disappeared while descending toward its refueling station near the Mediterranean Sea. It went into a cloud and was never seen again.

On one hand, I know that the chances of being involved in a plane crash are pretty slim. On the other, stories like these make me never want to fly again. What goes up must come down, and sadly, the outcome isn’t always pretty.

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She Cut The Fruit Out Of An Orange…What She Baked In It Will Have You Drooling

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’ll never turn down a good dessert…

But ask me to make one and you’ll probably be met with an awkward silence. I’m all about eating sweets, less into making them and cleaning the dishes after.

This fruity dessert cuts down on at least one step of the cleanup, though…the serving plates! You see, the sweet treat is made with oranges and served in said citrus. Like me, you’re not going to want to say no to this epic — and adorable — dessert.

Finally, oranges are good for something other than amusing my dog!

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These 21 Decorative Pumpkin Projects Aren’t Your Average Jack-O’-Lanterns

When it comes to decorating for fall, most Americans opt for a triangle-eyed jack-o’-lantern with a toothy grin. Talk about boring.

Why play it safe when there are so many adventurous pumpkin projects floating around? To truly take your decorating skills to the next level, ditch the pre-packaged carving kits and let your creativity run free. There are plenty of opportunities to glam up every room of the house with some pretty pumpkin projects.

To help you get started, here are 21 awesome crafts that will help give your home some autumn-inspired glamour. Follow the links in each heading to learn more from the craft masters themselves!

1. Instead of carving your pumpkin, try using a drill to make these incredible lanterns.

2. This graveyard diorama is the only cemetery I’ll be checking out after midnight.

3. Not all pumpkin projects need to be scary. This Cinderella carriage is perfect for the princess in your household.

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4. Use the force and try transforming your pumpkin into the Death Star.

5. Who doesn’t love glow in the dark decor during the spookiest time of year?

6. Bring the city to your farmhouse with skyscraper pumpkin art.

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Read More: 22 Projects To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

7. For all the sassy homeowners out there, try making these pun-kins.

8. Write your own decorative story with this wordy pumpkin craft.

9. These black cats won’t be dishing up seven years of bad design luck.

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10. A glittery pumpkin is out of this world.

11. Build a miniature fairy garden.

12. Forget your traditional table runner and use some pastel-painted pumpkins instead.

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13. Add a bit of elegance to your home with a floral moon design.

14. Starving? These donut pumpkins look good enough to eat.

15. And these confetti pumpkins will give you a reason to celebrate.

16. Simply wrapping a pumpkin in twine brings the rustic glam.

17. Set off a colorful explosion with this melted crayon project.

18. Add your favorite jewels to create a totally blinged-out decoration.

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19. You can’t go wrong with this modern take on floral print.

20. This decorative pumpkin might make you a bit batty, but only because it’s so cool.

21. Live near the ocean? Give this nautical craft a try!

Now that I’m feeling inspired, it’s time to become a pumpkin-decorating master.

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He Put A Potato On A Wooden Skewer…When He Started Cutting It, I Was SO Confused

Baked potatoes are great. Throw some butter and salt on ’em right when they come out of the oven, and I’ve reached carby nirvana. But then one man posed the question, “How can you make baked potatoes better?” and his answer is beautifully crispy and all-around perfect.

Just grab a wooden skewer and get ready to drool:

These spirals are everything. Pass the ketchup, please!

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The Different Cuts Of Steak And What You NEED To Know About Them!

Red meat is a great form of protein that people all over the world enjoy. It’s juicy, flavorful, and versatile. Almost everyone (sorry, vegans and vegetarians) can enjoy a well-prepared cut.

But there are quite a few different types of steak and all cuts are not created equal. Each one has its own unique qualities and tastes, so here’s all the information you need to know regarding your choices of steak. When grilling season rolls around, you’ll be a pro!

This giant piece of meat features both a filet mignon and a strip steak, separated by a bone.

This is a very flavorful cut of meat. There is a tendon that runs down the center of this steak, so cut that out before cooking and you’ll have a juicy, flavorful meal.

This is a very chewy piece of meat, but it is still very delicious. It comes from a cow’s chest, hence the texture.

This is a tender cut from the shoulder of a cow. It’s also pretty low-cost.

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The strip steak is a classic piece of red meat. It’s very lean and has a firmer texture.

Flat and firm are the words that best describe this slice of meat. It’s easy to cut and positively delicious.

This looks very similar to a porterhouse, but it’s a smaller cut as it’s cut closer to the front of the cow.

This steak is extra juicy because of all of the fat in it. It’s very delicious if it’s cooked properly.

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Having the bone in this type of steak adds flavor to an already great cut of meat.

Flank steaks are long and oval-shaped. They can get pretty chewy if you don’t cut against the grain.

This cut of steak is very expensive, and with good reason. They are tender and flavorful, which makes this cut one of the more high-end pieces of red meat.

(via Weber)

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go try one of each. I need to know which cut of steak is the best! If you have any opinions on this or how to cook these steaks properly, sound off in the comments.

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Who Knew Powdered Sugar Did THIS When It Came Into Contact With Fire?

George thought it was just going to be another boring birthday dinner with his family.

Poor George…he had no idea what was coming.

When his mom brought out his celebratory birthday brownies that were sprinkled with powdered sugar, she told him to blow out the candles. Easy enough, right? Well, aside from the sugar going everywhere, this craziness happened…

Who knew THIS happened when you blew powdered sugar into flames?!

Let’s look at that again…

Aside from how terrifying that looks, it’s also pretty epic.

While I’m not going to stop using powdered sugar, I might abstain from covering birthday cakes with it unless I’m wearing full protective gear.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/powdered-sugar-fire/

This Artist Uses Wire To Create Incredible Drawings In The Air

By definition, sculpture is three dimensional — and by most accounts, that’s what makes it great. Looking at a free-standing work of art that’s been attended to on all sides is a wholly unique experience, and the impact of viewing sculptures often carries with it a sense of immediacy.

And that’s what makes the sculptural work of Switzerland-based artist Gavin Worth paradoxical in the best way. His wire sculptures combine the emotive nature of free-standing pieces with the intricacy of depicting human faces on a two-dimensional plane.

After working as a designer for years, Worth latched onto one mantra: “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” As he explained to My Modern Met, “You definitely can’t be self-indulgent in design. You’re forced to focus on very clear, very economical communication.”

Art is a communicative force and a matter of translation. “I could feel love more intensely than anyone has ever felt love before,” he continued, “but if I can’t communicate to someone else what that feels like, then it’s just self-indulgence.”

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While his pieces read like two-dimensional drawings that float in thin air, a simple light change adds a third dimension to the visual experience of his work.

And that’s where his stories come to life. He avoids presenting the false version of human physicality that’s become most palatable to audiences today. Instead, Worth explores the imperfections of which we’ve unfortunately grown weary.

(via My Modern Met)

The idea here is to create pieces that serve as points of departure, leaving viewers with the sense that they’ve experienced a visual narrative. Just as writers put pen to paper, Gavin Worth writes stories in the ink of bent wires.

To see more of Worth’s work and learn about upcoming exhibitions, be sure to check out his website.

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This Artist Puts A Disturbing Twist On Something We All Loved As Kids

When it comes to embodying all things innocuous, toys reign supreme.

Whether they’re fashion-savvy Barbies or Star Wars-themed LEGOs, playthings are consistently innocent. That’s kind of the point. While we deal with the incessant onslaught of adulthood and its many harsh realities, little ones get to whittle away the hours in the company of their favorite plastic, plushy friends.

But one artist and toy designer by the name of Jason Freeny (previously) puts a deliciously dark spin on childhood staples like balloon animals and gummy bears.

As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.

The multidisciplinary creator’s career really took off after he started building anatomical toy sculptures in 2007.

Drawing influence from the likes of Andy Warhol and M.C. Escher, Freeny’s work is at once whimsical and twisted.

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There’s something refreshing about his flair for butting the frigidity of scientifically accurate anatomy up against the frivolity of toys that we all recognize.

Over the years, his designs have been picked up and produced by toy companies in Hong Kong and the U.S.

The best part? You can build some of these sculptures yourself!

(via BoredPanda)

It’s not often that we’re invited to spend some time inside an artist’s mind, so if you want to pick up a few models, head over to Amazon. For regular updates, pay Jason Freeny’s website a visit — and you should follow him on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it!

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