Contrary to what might seem logical, Carson City, Nevada is actually west of Los Angeles, California (by about 100 miles or so).
It's a widely held misconception that the match was invented before the cigarette lighter. Actually, it was the other way around.
Here's one that contradicts what you might suspect: Horses don't breathe through their mouths.
Mount Everest isn't really the tallest mountain in the world. If you start from the ocean floor, Mauna Kia in Hawaii is the tallest at 33,476 feet. (Everest is, however, the tallest above sea level at 29,028 feet.)
The truth is Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.
Contrary to what you see in movies, if you raise your legs slowly and lay on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
Another misconception we get from the movies--the average meteoroid isn't some massive object rocketing through space. Actually, the average meteoroid is no larger than a grain of sand.
Most people would swear it's not true, but the average lightning bolt is only an inch in diameter.
Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
Amazingly, hummingbirds can't walk.
For the most part, bears don't hibernate in caves. They prefer hollow stumps or logs.
You'd think it would have happened by now, but in actuality there has never been a President who was an only child.
The original Groundhog's Day didn't involve a groundhog. The tradition comes from a German legend, and the animal was a porcupine.
Diamonds have always been more valuable than pearls, right? Actually, that's only been true for about a century.
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