Popular Errors Explained
In 1841 John Timbs wrote a book called Popular Errors Explained. It went on - with Timbs' other great series 'Curiosities of ...' - to become one of the great popular books of the 19th century, running into many editions and selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Some say the popularity of his one hundred and fifty volumes led him to outsell a certain Mr Dickens.
Stewart McCartney, under the Timb's title of Popular Errors Explained has created a new book, capturing the zeal and enthusiasm of the original, to be 'agreeable, by way of abstract and anecdote so as to become an advantageous and amusing guest at any intellectual fireside.'
The book has completely new material - around 200 or so 'popular errors' from science and literature, history, sport, popular culture and so on. Each entry will have that eyebrow raising 'I didn't know that!' or 'Surely that cannot be true!' feel. Every one will explode a commonly held misbelief.
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The information included on this site about the Dutch bringing scalping to America is completely false, and shockingly easy t disprove. Especially since the Dutch did not scalp in Europe.
There is ample evidence of scalping at Mesa Verde, in SW Colorado dating back to 1000 B.C.E. Not popular with the P.C. liars who want to denagrate European contributions to Western Civilization' and the world, but none-the-less, true.
Several sites at Mesa Verde show evidence of cannibalism, scalping, lasting until the late 1400s.
While these sites are not the only ones to offer evidence of scalping, they suffice for purposes of correcting the agenda drive ignorance of the writer.
How come Native Americans never invented the wheel, a written language, paper, or any tools past the Stone Age?
There is no proof Dr Johnson patronised Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Why cant you go to Stilton to see the cheese being made?
Is gout a rich mans disease brought on by eating pheasant and drinking port?
Cholesterol isnt bad for