We live in the epoch of the information explosion. The amount of various information in the world increases with the speed of an avalanche crashing down from a summit. And sometimes it seems that this process is going to be endless. But that’s not all — when acquiring new knowledge our picture of the world changes too. The compass no longer points north, cockroaches don’t survive in a nuclear war, and the blue whale loses its title as the biggest creature on Earth.
We at Bright Side collected 10 facts that you probably learned in school. It’s likely that you have never doubted any of them up until now. Anyway, these facts turned out to be myths.
1. The blue whale is the biggest creature on Earth.
Perhaps you were told in biology lessons that the blue whale is the absolute record-holder among the biggest creatures that ever lived on Earth. It’s true that it is the largest mammal. It can reach more than 100 feet in length and the heart of an adult blue whale weighs about one ton.
However, if we consider all living creatures that inhabit our planet, there is something much larger than the blue whale. It’s a fungus called Armillaria ostoyae that takes up almost 4 square miles in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. It got the name the Oregon Monster because it strangles the roots of trees and causes their death.
2. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear war.
Cockroaches are one of the hardiest creatures on earth. They can stay without food for a long time and are even able to live without their head for 2 weeks. It seems that they might not even be threatened by a nuclear war. However, scientists Mary H. Ross and D. G. Cochran decided to check this hypothesis in 1963 having studied the effect of radiation on cockroaches in laboratory conditions.