The 41 Most Accepted Lies of Today – Part 5
32 – In the largest desert in the world is freezing cold. We tend to identify with the desert heat, and we think that the Sahara is the largest. But this honor corresponds to the Antarctic. The South Pole is an extension of fourteen million square kilometers, whose average annual rainfall is only 5 mm in front of 127 mm per year recorded in the Sahara.
33 – In voodoo dolls are not stick with pins. This practice belongs to European witchcraft. In ancient Greece the magicians wore amulets in human form called kolossoi. The custom to plant pins in them to curse their victims was invented by medieval witches, the second story of King James I of England in his Demonology (1603).
34 – The whiskey was invented in China. Although all think that was the work of Scots, is a drink of Eastern origin, brought to Europe by an Irish monk named John Cor.
35 – The plaid skirt is actually Irish. The natural inhabitants of Scotland were the Picts, warriors painted their bodies blue. But according to historian Hillaire Belloc, the kilt, the traditional plaid skirt, was introduced by the Scots, other people emigrated from Ireland.
36 – Aristarchus of Samos came forward Copernicus. Because this Greek sage (310-230 BC) was the first to suggest that the Earth revolved around the sun This can be confirmed in a treatise entitled De revolutionibus caelestibus.
37 – The brain is not gray. At least while we are alive. Said body is made up of white matter (a protein called myelin) and gray fabric (containing neurons), but these names are metaphors that do not describe the true color of the brain, which is the profusion of pinkish blood vessels. The lack of blood supply causes it to become dark gray to die.
39 – The Canary Islands owe their name to the dogs and certain species of birds. According to the historian Pliny the Elder, were baptized with that name (derived from the Latin word can, dog), in honor of two mastiffs that the men of Juba of Mauritania captured there, during an expedition in 40 BC.
39 – The first animal in space was not the little dog Laika, but a fruit fly that sent the Americans out of our orbit in a V-2 rocket captured by the Germans.
40 – “If Mohammed will not go up the mountain, the mountain goes to Mohammed.” This saying does not belong to the Islamic holy text as is usually said, actually is part of a parable invented by the British philosopher Francis Bacon.