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9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Giftedgreen: 9:36am On Aug 21, 2014
The educational system should be a citadel of education and enlightenment, an abode of learning where anyone can safely discover the truth about everyday facts. This system given us the opportunity to become mature and responsible adults, securing our knowledge in science, mathematics and history.

Except, of course, for all the ridiculously irresponsible lies we’re being fed. Here are nine of the biggest lies taught to us in school.

1. There are three states of matter


You might remember being taught that there are three states of matter namely; solid, liquid and gas. Well that is not entirely true. Your teacher might have lied to you because you were probably too young to comprehend the other states of matter. Although it wouldn’t hurt your science teacher to say something like “there are three popular states of matter” or “we are going to learn three state of matter at this stage”, your science teacher had to ram a lie to your throat not minding how difficult it would be for you to unlearn such a prevarication.

Four states of matter are observable in everyday life: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Many other states are known such as Bose–Einstein condensates and neutron-degenerate matter but these only occur in extreme situations such as ultra cold or ultra dense matter. Other states, such as quark–gluon plasmas, are believed to be possible but remain theoretical for now. For a complete list of all exotic states of matter click here.

2. Bats are blind


Despite the old adage “blind as a bat” it would surprise you to know that absolutely every bat has eyes and can see better at night than humans.

Yes! You can close your mouth now. True they use echolocation, but it is simply to augment their vision, not to replace it.

Interestingly, bats will even rely on their eyes over their echolocation results. In some studies, they have flown directly into a window through which light is shining, ignoring the echolocation telling it that the path was not all clear.

3. You have five senses



Humans do not have just five senses, there are at least nine senses and most researchers think there are more like twenty one or so.

Humans have more than the commonly cited five senses. The number of senses in various categorizations ranges from 5 to more than 20. In addition to sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, which were the senses identified by Aristotle, humans can sense balance and acceleration (equilibrioception), pain (nociception), body and limb position (proprioception or kinesthetic sense), and relative temperature (thermoception).Other senses sometimes identified are the sense of time, itching, pressure, hunger, thirst, fullness of the stomach, need to urinate, need to defecate, and blood carbon dioxide levels.

Each time a teacher says there are five senses, the teacher is referring to Aristotle’s classification of the senses, which if you ask us is a very old text to teach a student in the 21st century.

4. People thought the earth was flat

If you learned in school that Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 and crossed the Atlantic Ocean, disproving a common belief in those days that the Earth was flat, then the lesson was wrong.

Several books published in Europe between 1200 and 1500 discussed the Earth’s shape, including “The Sphere,” written in the early 1200s, which was required reading in European universities in the 1300s and beyond. It was still in use 500 years after it was penned.

It is not true that people thought the earth was flat and that was the reason why they refused to travel thinking that they would get to the end of the earth and fall off. And this was the reason why Christopher Columbus was not allowed to sail round the world in 1942

It’s well documented that we’ve known the world is round since the days of the mathematical geniuses of ancient Greece. People like Pythagoras (6th century B.C), Euclid, and Aristotle (4th century B.C) all wrote works indicating that clearly, the Earth was round.

5. Humans evolved from apes


It is true that humans do belong to the same taxonomic family as the great apes, like gorillas. It is also true that the closest known living relative to Homo sapiens is the chimpanzee. However, this does not mean humans "evolved from monkeys". We share a common, humans and the great apes—chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans—started with a common ancestor, and then evolved in separate directions over the years.

So next time someone claims you evolved from a monkey, correct his mistake. Better yet, if this person is a political or cultural leader, inquire why he is spreading misinformation. The truth may be surprising.


6. Diamonds are formed from coal


You might have been made to believe that diamonds come from pressurized coal. This misconception stems from the fact that diamonds and coals
are made of carbon.

If you believe that diamonds are made from highly compressed coal, don’t worry—so does everyone else. But it’s completely false: diamonds are found in vertical shafts filled with rocks formed by volcanoes, while coal is mainly found among other types of rocks—like limestone and shale.

Coal is almost never found in the same type of environment as diamonds. Coal is formed near the surface from plant matter, while diamonds are formed in the Earth’s mantle—over ninety miles (145 km) closer to the core—and then carried up to the crust during volcanic eruptions.

It’s true that diamonds are formed from carbon by intense heat—2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 degrees Celcius)—and high pressure, but it’s unlikely that the carbon comes from coal. So while the idea of a lump of coal becoming a beautiful diamond makes a pretty picture, it’s still one big spoonful of lies.

On the other hand, modern science can pretty much turn anything into a diamond in the lab: even the corpse of your recently deceased loved one. Aww.

7. There are different taste areas for taste on your tongue


All different tastes can be detected on all parts of the tongue by taste buds, with slightly increased sensitivities in different locations depending on the person, contrary to the popular belief that specific tastes only correspond to specific mapped sites on the tongue. The original tongue map was based on a mistranslation of a 1901 German thesis by Edwin Boring.

In addition, the current common categorical conception is there are not 4 but 5 primary tastes. In addition to bitter, sour, salty, and sweet, humans have taste receptors for umami, which is a savory or meaty taste.

8. Mother birds will abandon their chicks if they are touched by human


Popular belief claims that if mothers smell the scent of human on their chicks, they will leave them to die. But it turns out that the touch of a human isn't enough to drive a mother away from her maternal duties.

"Birds don't have a very strong sense of smell, so you won't leave a scent that will alarm the parent," Cornell biologist Miyoko Chu tells Livescience.com.

In reality, mother birds can be just as devoted as human parents.
"Usually, birds are quite devoted to their young and not easily deterred from taking care of them," Chu said.

But experts still advise not to poke through bird nests.

"The fact is, birds don't abandon their young in response to touch, [but] they will abandon [their offspring and their nest] in response to disturbance," University of Montana biologist Thomas Martin tells Scientific American.

9. Lightning never strikes the same place twice


This myth is actually an old idiom meant to explain that unfortunate occurrences will not happen twice in the same way to the same person. While the old saying is comforting, lightning can actually strike anywhere twice – the main question is the probability of this occurring. For a random object in your backyard, this might be fairly low.

But the 1,454-foot-tall Empire State Building is actually struck about 25 times per year. Humans are no exception: US park ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times between 1942 and 1977, and lived to tell the tale (or rather all seven of them).

Lightning is more likely to strike taller objects because they carry the upward channel better than shorter ones. But the probability of a lightning strike also depends on other factors, such as the presence of salt water, metal, or moisture in or near the ground.

What other lie do you remember being told in school? Post them in the comment section below

http://www.giftedgreen.com/2014/blog/2014/08/21/9-lies-you-were-probably-taught-in-school/

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Idrismusty97(m): 9:44am On Aug 21, 2014
10.They are only 9 planets
Biggest lie in century! Just take a look at our secondary school physics and geography textbooks. At that age we should be staring at the Galaxies and stars through a telescope but no be for 9ja o!....Our Milky Way Galaxy alone contains at least one planet per star, resulting in 100-400 billion planets not to mentioned the rest of the galaxies.


Four states of matter are observable in everyday life: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Many other states are known such as Bose.
Abeg they are only three state of matter joor! Have you ever touch a Bose, plasma or whatever before grin. Have you seen it with your two unclad eyes?

So next time someone claims you evolved from a monkey, correct his mistake. Better yet, if this person is a political or cultural leader, inquire why he is spreading misinformation. The truth may be surprising.
No! When someone claims you envolve from a monkey tell him he is right! He and his family envolve from monkeys.

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by ayusco85(m): 9:44am On Aug 21, 2014
No. 6 is totally true. But as a geologist, there was never a time I was told that diamond are formed from compressed and pressurized coal. Their modes of formation and mode of occurence are entirely different. Coal is found in layered sedimentary rocks, while diamond is found in crystalline rocks (mostly igneous rocks and sometimes metamorphic rocks).

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Davijunson: 9:44am On Aug 21, 2014
Now I'm getting more confused. The same scientists dat told us der are five senses are now saying it's a lie..wch one are we to believe?

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Guykhena(m): 9:44am On Aug 21, 2014
Not in 9ja schools......

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by holyboss(m): 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
So I shud go nd sue my teacher for lying kiss

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by technophile(m): 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
10. India 99 - 1 Nigeria
After India have beaten us 99 - 0, they now said if we can score just only 1 goal we have won the match. That was when Okparaji stepped in, as he was about to kick the ball like this, the ball just turn into a big rock, but he managed to put the ball into the net sha and he collapsed. That's why FIFA banned India from playing football till today o.

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by natureblack(m): 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
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That recreational drugs are LITERALLY the worst thing ever and kill you immediately 100% of the time.






#BigFatLie








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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by ussv: 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
Na wa o
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Tval(m): 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
Not just in school alone.

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Nobody: 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
Lol, White lies. These here are the top 3 black lies.

- Your teacher is smarter than you.
Really, how come he's teaching only one subject. grin

-Bullies will have a terrible life after school.
Abegi, I'm a living testimony. grin

- You can be anything you want!
Lmao! judge yourself. grin

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by lat4real: 9:45am On Aug 21, 2014
Just passiing... undecided
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Abatemtem(m): 9:47am On Aug 21, 2014
I think they told us some of these lies is due to
our level.As we progressed,most of these so
called lies were further expantiated by our
tutors so I don't see them as lies

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by celeron40(m): 9:47am On Aug 21, 2014
Nice Post!
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Nobody: 9:47am On Aug 21, 2014
Good read.
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by LordRepz(m): 9:47am On Aug 21, 2014
That if you didn't make good grades in school,you can never make it in life! Lie of the century...

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by sunnywhyt(m): 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
na true ooo
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by fiverrwin(f): 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
You sure
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Nobody: 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
Lol.
They are the lies that makes the world keep moving jare.
Just imagine if everyone knows the truth.
All humans thinking one way.
Make dem dey lie dey go jare.
White lies.
Beautiful lies.
The world must stay confused. Thats what makes us humans.
One example is religion. Lies, lies, lies.

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by kennygee(f): 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
I wasn't taught 6, 8 and 9 tho.

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Nobody: 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
Lol...

Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by johnshagb(m): 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
ok
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by 1stola: 9:48am On Aug 21, 2014
ok
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by rill: 9:49am On Aug 21, 2014
U
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by lilprinze: 9:49am On Aug 21, 2014
hmmm
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by phaphyz05(m): 9:49am On Aug 21, 2014
Space bookers are liable to die young stop space booking

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Jesuspistol(m): 9:49am On Aug 21, 2014
You try but you sure say you no evolve from APE? undecided
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by dania30(f): 9:49am On Aug 21, 2014
Hmmm undecided
Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by amiskurie(m): 9:50am On Aug 21, 2014
if you quit school,you will remain poor and irrelevant










Tell that to bill gate,Mc olu-omo(oshodi) and pasumer

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by Nobody: 9:50am On Aug 21, 2014
Wow

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Re: 9 Lies You Were (probably) Taught In School by papiforreal(m): 9:50am On Aug 21, 2014
Did anybody receive his payment for making frontapage recently??

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