List of misconceptions

From Academic Kids

This is a list of common, uncontroversial, and undisputed misconceptions.

List of misconceptions

  • Some believe that the ship Mary Celeste was called Marie Celeste. In fact Marie Celeste was the spelling used by Arthur Conan Doyle in a story based on the incident.
  • Around the time of the UK 2001 census, some believed that if enough people stated that their religion was Jedi then it would become an "officially recognized religion". In fact, the only "officially recognised" religions in the UK are the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland. A similar belief arose around censuses in the United States and Australia. In the U.S., there are no officially recognized religions; however, a church may receive tax-exempt status if it meets certain qualifications - this applies only to organized institutions, however, not belief systems.
  • Some believe that the famous line "play it again Sam" was spoken in Casablanca. In fact, the line in question is: "You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!".
  • Some believe that Christopher Columbus had a hard time receiving support because Europeans believed in a flat Earth. In fact, sailors and navigators of the time knew that the Earth was spherical, but (correctly) disagreed with Colombus's estimates of the distance to the Indies.

See also

External links

  • snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/) - Snopes is a site dedicated to debunking myths and misconceptions.
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