Fabulous Fallacies: More Than 300 Popular Beliefs That Are Not True
Everybody knows that Christopher Columbus discovered America and that Charles Darwin devised the theory of evolution. Everybody also knows that the Earth is a sphere, that blood is red, and that George Washington was our nation's first president. And everybody is ... wrong. This amusing compendium of modern mistakes explodes more than 300 popular -- but completely false -- beliefs that we've all swallowed without question. Organized under 16 categories, this collection of well-researched facts amusingly debunks dozens of the myths and misapprehensions that "everybody knows" about inventions, animals, plants, the Earth, medicine, Americana, rulers, and much more. Author Tad Tuleja goes far beyond just cataloging popular errors, though; he also shows how and why they came about. Perfect for trivia buffs, history hounds, and folks who just want to know the real stories behind the traditions, Fabulous Fallacies is a splendid addition to every home and school library.
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