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Nirvana is not a place. It's a state (of bliss).

The memory of elephants isn't any better than that of many other mammals.

Do you think coupons save money? Studies have shown that frequent coupon users have higher grocery bills than those who shop without them—as much as 84% higher. Coupon shoppers tend to overlook equally good alternative brands that cost less than the name item, with or without the discount.

Despite what you might suspect, the Americans of 1776 had the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World.

Turkey was not on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

Here’s a widely held misconception. In truth, ship captains have no particular authority to perform weddings. Regulations in the U.S., British and Russian navies, as well as those of other nations, prohibit a commanding officer from performing marriage ceremonies.

"Shakers" isn't the name of that religious sect. The official name is United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing. "Shaker" refers to the involuntary movements of believers during moments of religious fervor.

It is a popular misconception that the chameleon changes its color to match that of its background. The change is actually determined by such environmental factors as light and temperature, as well as by emotions such as fright and those associated with victory or defeat in battle with another chameleon.

It is widely rumored that poinsettias are poisonous. It's not true.

Manhattan Island was not, as is widely believed, bought for $24. Peter Minuit gave the Manhattoe tribe a package of trinkets and cloth. (The items were valued at 60 guilders, roughly equivalent to $24.)

Shakespeare didn’t originate the saying, "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Sir Walter Scott did.

Botticelli wasn't the painter's name. It was actually Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. Botticelli was a nickname that meant, "little barrel," a reference to his girth.

Let's clear this up once and for all—cold weather doesn't cause colds. They're caused by germs.

Nathan Hale’s last words weren’t: "I only regret that I have but one life to live to lose for my country." His final declaration was actually, "It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander in chief."

Brown eggs are no more nutritious than white eggs, no matter what you may have heard.

There’s no such thing as "Corinthian leather." That’s just a name Chrysler made up to describe the leather in its 1974 Cordoba, pitched by Ricardo Montalban.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say "Cleanliness is next to godliness." That sentiment was originated by John Wesley (1703-1791), a British theologian.

It is a fallacy that birds don't eat much, even though we describe someone who is a light eater as "eating like a bird." Because of their high metabolisms, birds eat a lot more in proportion to their body size than humans—specifically, one quarter to a half of their body weight each day.


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