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Not surprisingly, Blackbeard wasn't the real name of the infamous pirate—his real name was Edward Teach.

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A bride wears red in China.
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While many think exactly the opposite, the lightning we see actually goes from the ground to the sky in what is known as the "return stroke" (which travels one-third the speed of light). We can't see the initial "stepped leader" that passes from the sky to the ground.

Many people think the great lakes are in the United States. However, Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes that's entirely in the U.S.

Xmas is considered by many to be a vulgar abbreviation. However, the Old English word for Christmas begins with X. The Greek word for "Christ," from which the English is derived, begins with the Greek letter chi, or X. So, X is an appropriate abbreviation for Christ.

White isn't the standard color for bridal gowns everywhere. A bride wears red in China.

Most people think Africa is mostly wilderness. In fact, Africa is only 28 percent wilderness. By contrast, North America that is 38 percent wilderness.

Author Louis L'Amour didn't start out with that name—his real name was Louis LaMoore.

History books might say otherwise, but one of the primary reasons the Pilgrims on the Mayflower ended their trip at Plymouth Rock was because they ran out of beer.

Despite what we were told as children, handling frogs does not cause warts. Warts are caused by a virus.

You often hear the term "meteoric rise" used in reference to someone who's up-and-coming. In actuality, meteors don't rise, they fall.

When "Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni," it wasn't a reference to food. It referred to the Macaroni Club, founded in the mid-18th century, made up of English "dandies" who took on foreign mannerisms and fashions. The song was originally intended to ridicule the American revolutionary troops, but was eventually taken over by them as a marching song.

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