The more I find out the less I know, said someone once. Maybe it was you.
After all, there is a lot of stuff you thought you knew but didnâ€™t really. If you donâ€™t believe me then keep reading and youâ€™ll learn something new.
People Didnâ€™t All Die Before 30 in the Middle Ages
Those poor sods in the middle ages didnâ€™t even normally live long enough to grow a proper beard, to enjoy the full gray hair experience or to appreciate jazz music, did they? Didnâ€™t they all die at 30 or before? Actually, it is thought that many people lived comfortably into their 60s back then. The figures for life expectancy in this time are distorted by much higher infant mortality rates than those seen in modern times.
Shaving Hair Doesnâ€™t Make It Grow Back Thicker
Have you ever held back from shaving a patch of hair because you donâ€™t want it to grow back all horrible and thick? Hey, donâ€™t worry so much; you probably wonâ€™t end up looking like a grizzly bear, Tom Selleck or David Hasselhoff. This is because shaving hair just makes it appear coarser and thicker when it grows back rather than actually causing it to be like this.
They Didnâ€™t Actually Think That the Earth Was Flat In Medieval Times
Why do you think that Christopher Columbus set up on his voyages? Was it to find out whether or not the Earth was really flat? The truth is that our happy sailor wanted to reach Asia by an alternative route, which shows that people already accepted that the planet was just a giant freaking ball. Plato and Aristotle are among the early dudes who understood the shape of the planet long before medieval times. Conversely, some people still believe that the planet is as flat as a particularly flat pancake.
A Duckâ€™s Quack Does Echo
Many people believe that a duckâ€™s quack doesnâ€™t echo. I believe that some ducks believe this too. The truth is that they do have an echo. The reason for the long-standing and widespread confusion is rather technical but Iâ€™ll explain it as simply as I can; it sounds like thereâ€™s no echo but there is. Does that make sense?
Goldfish Can Remember More Than You Think
How long do you think a goldfishâ€™s memory span covers? If you said just a few seconds then it is time to learn another new fact today. Goldfish can remember things for weeks and possibly months. Of course, if all of your memories involved going round in circles in a glass bowl you wouldnâ€™t be all that bothered about how long your memories lasted for.
Napoleon Wasnâ€™t a Midget
Dinky old Napoleon Bonaparte was so small you could have picked him up and put him in your pocket, couldnâ€™t you? It makes you wonder why a diminutive, half pint little short arse ever managed to become one of the most powerful military leaders in history. The truth of the matter is that as 5 feet 7 inches Napoleon was slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time. One theory suggests that the height of his imperial guards made him seem smaller than he was.