10 ‘Facts’ We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong

It’s always interesting to see what bits of “common knowledge” change as the years go on. I once had a teacher say I was being silly for saying lightning could hit your water pipes while showering, and it turns out that’s totally true. Here are just a few more things that we learned in school but turned out to be completely bogus.

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Pluto is no longer considered a planet

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Space.com

It was pretty debatable from the get-go, but NASA officially confirmed it in 2009.

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Both halves of an earthworm don’t stay alive if you cut one in half

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Shiny

Turns out that’s just the synapses in its body dying out. It’s very much dead.

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Dinosaurs had feathers

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Fred Haynes

It probably didn’t help that we were all obsessed with Jurassic Park, but dinosaurs, and especially Velociraptors, were more like walking primitive birds than giant lizards.

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You don’t have to wait 30 minutes after eating before going swimming

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
The Stadium

Our parents thought our bodies would legitimately seize up and we’d drown. Turns out you just have to try not to throw up.

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The lies just get bigger from here…

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The tongue map of taste buds is total BS

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Yale

We have different kinds of taste buds throughout our entire tongue, not in sectioned off parts. This has been known for decades, but for some reason we still teach it to kids.

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We definitely now all have calculators with us

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
AMDTech

Not to mention access to enough information to make the Library of Alexandria blush.

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Y2K ultimately ended up not being a big deal

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Past Daily

Efforts to fix the bug had already been going on for at least two years by the time the media caught wind of it and everyone started freaking out.

De-oxygenated blood is not blue

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Interactive Biology

Seriously, your blood is red. It has always been red, it will always be red.

The food pyramid is pretty much completely wrong

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
Viral Rang

Eating the amount of carbs that it recommends has been confirmed by multiple sources to be pretty damn bad for you.

We have literally never needed to write in cursive outside of signatures

10 'Facts' We Learned In School That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong
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Remember your fourth grade teacher yelling at you over how important it was? Thanks for nothing, Ms. Windsor.

What fact were you the most bummed out to find out it wasn’t true? Let us know in the Facebook comments!

Emma C
Freelance Writer