10 facts you’re definitely wrong about
Most of us have a decent enough general knowledge, but a new survey by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has found we may not be as well-informed as we think. Here’s ten facts you’re probably wrong about and to prove it…
1. Coffee is made from beans (74% believe this)
Fact: It’s made from a seed that’s known as a ‘bean.’ Despite not actually being one…
2. Chameleons change colour to match their surroundings (69% believe this)
Fact: Chameleons change as a response to mood, temperature, communication and light instead of the object they are touching.
3. The Great Wall of China can be seen from space (55% believe this)
In fact, the Apollo astronauts revealed that it’s not possible to spot the Great Wall from the moon – all you can see is blue sea, green land and white clouds.
4. One human year is equivalent to seven dog years (53% believe this)
Fact: This totally depends on the breed and the size of the dog.
5. You lose body heat fastest through your head (53% believe this)
Fact: Not true – it seems we’d be just as chilly if we went out with no trousers on. It’s simply that our heads are more likely to be exposed.
6. Peanuts are a type of nut (47% believe this)
Fact: Peanuts, along with beans and peas, belong to the single plant family, Leguminosae.
7. Fortune cookies are a Chinese tradition (45% believe this)
Fact: They are an American invention!
8. Vitamin C is an effective treatment for a cold (41% believe this)
Fact: Most experts have stated there is little or no evidence that vitamin C can help treatment of a cold.
9. People use just 10 per cent of their brain (31% believe this)
Fact: Neurologists say it’s not true – in fact, we use virtually every part of the brain, and most of the brain is active almost all the time.
10. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds (25% believe this)
Fact: According to animal behaviourists, goldfish actually have very good memories for fish. They can be trained to respond in various ways to certain colours of light, different kinds of music and other sensory cues.