Many agreed upon "facts" actually have little to no basis in reality but enter societal consensus through word-of-mouth folk wisdom or under-the-table bribes to sleazy scientists. What are some common misconceptions you may not even know you're misconcepting?
Bumblebees are scientifically incapable of flight.
Fact or Falsehood: Close, but not quite accurate. Bumblebees are quite capable of flight, as anyone who has jumped into a swimming pool to outrace a swarm of them in the shape of a giant fist may attest. What bumblebees are actually incapable of is forgiveness.
Glass is technically a liquid.
Origin: Common misspeaking
Fact or Falsehood: Falsehood. What people mean to say is that a liquid can technically be consumed from a glass. The myth is perpetuated by the increased thickness near the base of centuries-old glass panes, which is actually just a manufacturer's feature to keep spiders out.
A penny dropped from the roof of the CN Tower will crack the sidewalk.
Origin: Childhood dare culture
Fact or Falsehood: Understatement. Upon impact, a penny dropped from the top of the CN Tower will destroy the entire earth. This has happened twice, once in 1987, and then again in 1987, with the calendar having been restarted upon the construction of a new earth and, subsequently, a new CN Tower.