Repeated ad infinitum


in Geek stuff, Internet matters, Psychology, Rants

XKCD is right, this is worth a look today:

List of common misconceptions
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


  • Nero didn’t fiddle while Rome burned.
  • The ancient Greeks knew that the Earth was spherical, and how large it was.
  • Napoleon was not short. He was slightly taller than the average Frenchman.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free slaves in the northern states.
  • The Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space using the naked eye.
  • People did not evolve from chimpanzees.

Etc, etc, etc.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Tristan January 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free slaves in the southern states either, if those states were under control by union forces.

oleh January 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

Your entry inspired me to check on my belief as to whether Thomas Jefferson freed his slaves during his life or after his death. I also turned to Wikipedia.

Seems another myth shattered. Wikipedia states “He (Jefferson) gave instructions for disposal of his assets in his Will[130] and after his death, his possessions (including 130 persons he held as slaves) were sold off in public auctions starting in 1827”

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