Saturday Shenanigans July 13: Wow we are wrong #Wrongbusters

The ongoing list of things we're wrong about: Wrongbusters!

via this wikipedia article about common misconceptions


Cooking Steak... 

Searing the steak does NOT lock in moisture! Searing meat may actually cause it to lose moisture... everybody says it locks in the juices but it doesn't. 

BTW, it's still OK to do it if you want- it still can make thing taste good.


MSG...

There's no consistent data that says monosodium glutamate (MSG) causes migraines. I always thought certain people were sensitive to MSG and would get headaches but they can't prove that with scientific trials.


Twinkies...

How long will Twinkies last? Put them in your Nuclear Fallout Shelter, right? 

Well, Twinkies actually have a shelf life of around 6 weeks. Check their Best Before Date!


Fortune cookies...

Were invented in Japan and brought to America by the Japanese. They're very rare in China.


Microwave ovens...

do not cook food from the inside out. Your average microwave heats to about a centimeter deep. So how do thicker foods cook then? Heat gets conducted from the outer portions of food.


Missing Persons Report...

Almost never do you have to wait 24 hours to file a missing person report. You still see this on Hallmark Channel movies all the time.


Chevy Nova...

The Chevy Nova sold very well in Mexico. General Motors didn't have to rename it. "No va" does mean "doesn't go" in Spanish but the car name "nova" is understood as "new". It was a success. 


Vikings...

There is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets. The reason we think this is because of an 1876 production of a Wagner opera.


Marco Polo and Pasta...

Marco Polo didn't bring pasta back from China. He described something that was similar to lasagna but actually used the phrase "similar to lasagna" so he already knew what lasagna was. The pasta we have today was introduced by people from Libya who conquered Sicily in the 9th century (so 400 years before Marco Polo went to China.)


The War of the Worlds...

There wasn't widespread panic when Orson Welles' radio play War of the Worlds was broadcast. THere wasn't even a big audience (much like our show.) Newspapers played up the widespread panic angle to discredit radio (their competition). At first, Orson Welles and the radio station apologized, then they realized it got them a lot of attention so they owned it like a badge. 


Great Wall of China...

The Great Wall of China is not visible from the moon. Earth-orbiting astronauts can only see it with magnification. 

They can see lights from cities when it's night on earth. 


Space Pens vs Pencils...

That whole legend that NASA spent a fortune on pens that write in space and Russia just used a pencil aint true!

They can't use pencils in space because of pencil dust and pieces would be dangerous in space.

NASA paid $6 each for the space pens. Russia also bought the space pens.



 


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