A lot of information that we think is true, and repeat as if it’s scientific fact, actually isn’t factual at all. For example: 

  • First: Mount Everest is not the world’s tallest mountain. Sure, it’s the highest peak above sea level, but a volcano in Hawaii named Mauna Kea is technically the tallest mountain. But because it rises from the ocean floor, two-thirds of it is underwater. In fact, from top to bottom, Mauna Kea is almost a MILE taller than Mount Everest. 

  • Another fact: We don’t lose most of our body heat through our head. The rumor started in the 1950s, when the military tested heat loss in soldiers who were wearing gloves, scarves, and coats, but not HATS. So, it’s no wonder they lost most of their body heat through their heads. The truth is we lose about the same amount of heat through every square inch of our skin.  

  • Also: The Great Wall of China is NOT the only man-made object that can be seen from space. The rumor actually got started long before the Space Age because everyone just assumed you’d be able to see a wall from orbit that’s hundreds of miles long. But the wall is made from rock that’s native to the area, so it literally blends into the landscape. That makes the Great Wall of China a lot more difficult to see from space than a lot of smaller structures, like the orange-colored Golden Gate Bridge.  

  • And the final fact: Mother birds DO NOT abandon their babies if you touch them. Most birds have a very poor sense of smell. So mom probably won’t have any idea you touched her baby. Experts say that if you find a baby bird on the ground that’s covered in fuzz or has no feathers, put it back in the nest, if you can. But if the young bird has feathers, leave it alone. Odds are, it’s getting a flying lesson from mom and dad, and the big birds are keeping a protective watch from a nearby perch.