7 Things That Your Science Teachers Probably Lied to You About

7 Things That Your Science Teachers Probably Lied to You About

Oftentimes teachers oversimplify things to help their students learn. However, sometimes they end up going too far and end up just spreading flat out lies. Here are 7 things that your science teachers may have lied about to you growing up...

Your Tongue Doesn't Have Taste Zones

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Remember when your teachers said that each area of your tongue is made for a different taste? Yeah, they lied. Your tongue is actually covered in taste buds that can taste all of the different kinds of tastes. The whole taste bud zone myth is one that has just been perpetuated throughout academia. Don't believe us? Try dropping lemon juice in different spots of your tongue.

Diamonds Aren't Made from Coal

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Diamonds and coal are both made from carbon, but they aren't the same kinds. Scientists believe that diamonds are made from compressed graphite. Coal, on the other hand, is made from more organic carbon substructures. Also, diamonds aren't really that rare, but you can cut your science teacher some slack here. The myth that diamonds are rare is actually a century-long perpetrated marketing ploy by the De Beers diamond cartel. They control the flow of diamonds, making them "rare" to drive the price up.

How to Pronounce Uranus

Before you start snickering, you probably need to listen to this. The planet famous for having an inappropriate name actually doesn't have one. Unlike the popular pronunciation of the planet as "Ur-Anus," the actual pronunciation is "Your-Ah-NUHS." When you actually pronounce it right, it sounds just a bit more scientific.

Chameleons Don't Change Color to Blend In

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Chameleons aren't the camouflaging reptiles that your science teacher told you they were. They of course still change color, but it isn't to hide from predators. The changing of a Chameleon's skin is more of a mating ritual as well as a giant mood ring for the reptile. Skin color can reflect temperature changes, anger, and be used as a mating call. Most chameleons default to the color green because this is most natural given their environment.

Veins Aren't Blue Because of Your Deoxygenated Blood

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Veins don't look blue under your skin because that's how deoxygenated blood looks. The reason your veins look blue has more to do with how our eyes see light waves than it does about the color of our blood. As light permeates through our skin, most of the red wavelengths are refracted by our skins pigmentation and fat. This ultimately leaves the shorter wavelengths like blue to be reflected back to our eyes. This loss of certain wavelengths and reflection of others is actually what causes our veins to look blue. Albino people's veins actually look red due to the lack of pigmentation, proving this fact further.

Camel's Humps Aren't Full of Water

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Growing up, most of us were probably told that camel's humps were filled with water to help them survive in the desert. While their humps do help them survive, there is anything but water in there. The humps actually contain large fat deposits that camels can tap into when they need energy. When a camel goes without food for an extended period of time, the camel's body taps into the fat reserves to keep their body from losing water. So, their humps do help them survive in the desert, and they even help with water loss, but they aren't filled with water.

Global Warming Doesn't Cause the Greenhouse Effect

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Throw out your political views right now – this fact is probably something that most of us have heard. The greenhouse effect is the process of infrared radiation from the sun being absorbed by water (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and Ozone (O3). This traps the heat in our atmosphere and regulates the climate, but it is actually essential to our survival on Earth. The Earth's atmosphere naturally utilizes the greenhouse effect to keep the climate on Earth from undergoing rapid changes.

The principles of global warming suggest that excess greenhouse gasses, like CO2, are being produced and raising the Earth's temperature through overworking of the greenhouse effect. So, the greenhouse effect isn't inherently bad, it's actually crucial to our survival.

Are you feeling lied to yet? What was the biggest lie a teacher ever told you? Let us know in the comments below.

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