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51 Favorite Facts You’ve Always Believed That Are Actually False

Napoleon wasn't short? Bananas don't grow on trees? Here, the world's most contagious myths and misconceptions debunked.

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The truth about Napoleon

Check out these nine famous moments in history that never actually happened.

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The truth about swimming after eating

These real facts about our world are so impressive they’re unbelievable.

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The truth about water boiling

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The truth about unsticking pasta

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The truth about left brain and right brain

Here are more interesting facts about the human body.

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The truth about the danger of a dropped penny

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The truth about the three wise men

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The truth about MSG and headaches

Check out these fascinating facts about the history of food.

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The truth about how dogs sweat

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The truth about the Great Wall of China

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The truth about water rotation in toilets

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The truth about Einstein

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The truth about humans and dinosaurs

These are the science facts you never learned about in school.

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The truth about black holes

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The truth about the five senses

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The truth about vaccines and autism

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The truth about baby birds

Check out these random trivia facts you’ll wish you had known sooner.

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The truth about alcohol and brain cells

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The truth about a missing-person report

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The truth about your tongue

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The truth about that whole “10 percent of your brain” thing

Here are more facts you never knew about your brain.

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The truth about iron maidens

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The truth about body heat and your head

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The truth about sleepwalkers

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The truth about bananas

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The truth about milk and mucus

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The truth about bats

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The truth about caffeine

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The truth about goldfish

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The truth about shaving

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The truth about gum

For more details on this busted myth, here’s the science behind what happens when you swallow gum.

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The truth about vikings

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The truth about alcohol keeping you warm

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The truth about the vomitorium

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The truth about sugar

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The truth about bulls

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The truth about bagpipes

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The truth about hair, nails, and death

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The truth about toads

Don’t miss these other facts about animals you might have all wrong.

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The truth about SOS

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The truth about Adam and Eve

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The truth about celebrity deaths

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The truth about swallowing spiders

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The truth about Everest

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The truth about Van Gogh

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The truth about Pilgrims

Check out these other fascinating facts about America.

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The truth about “breaking” the internet

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The truth about the Egpytian pyramids

Here are the historical facts you didn’t learn in school.

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The truth about Benjamin Franklin

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The truth about your fingernails

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The truth about ninjas

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