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  • Hi I'm John Green this is mental_floss, and 1. Vikings never wore horns on their helmets...at

  • least not until an 1876 staging of Wagner's Opera The Ring of the Nibelung is the first

  • of 50 myths I'm about to bust for you.

  • You know iron maidens? The medieval torture device that inspired the fourth-best

  • heavy metal band of all time? Yeah, they were fictional.

  • 3. Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake" when told peasants were

  • starving due to lack of bread.

  • 4. And while we\'92re on the topic of French royal women who were parted from their

  • heads, Anne Boleyn did not have eleven fingers, or at least most historians don't think so.

  • 5. The American Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4 1776. It was signed

  • on August 2, 1776,

  • 6. Also, not to harsh on your buzz, but the U.S. constitution was not written

  • on hemp paper but on parchment.

  • 7. Napoleon did not have a Napoleon Complex, as he was five seven, slightly above

  • average height for his time.

  • 8. Albert Einstein didn't fail math at school, and when he was showed a newspaper

  • column claiming he had, Einstein responded, "Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential

  • and integral calculus." Einstein did hook up with his cousin, though, so that's something.

  • 9. John F Kennedy did not say, "I am a jelly doughnut" when he said "Ich

  • bin Ein Berliner." No one in Berlin was confused on that day about what Kennedy was

  • saying.

  • 10. Sushi does not mean raw fish; it means "sour rice."

  • 11. Placing metal in a microwave doesn't ruin the microwave. I mean, it's definitely

  • a bad idea, but look, we just microwaved this tin foil and now in the smoldering remains

  • I am microwaving a hot pocket.

  • 12. The word "crap" is not derived from the great Thomas Crapper, who helped

  • give us indoor plumbing. Sadly, "crap" just comes from Latin, like all the other

  • words.

  • 13. 420 is not the Los Angeles police code for marijuana possession. Police Code

  • 420 just means juvenile disturbance, which only SOMETIMES involves marijuana possession.

  • 14. The Great Wall of China is not the only man-made object visible from space. For

  • one thing, many man-made objects are visible from space. For another thing, the Great Wall

  • of China is not among them.

  • 15. There's no such thing as an elephant graveyard where old elephants go to die. When

  • elephants are ready to die, they just do it, like the rest of us.

  • 16. The 1992 book SHARKS DON'T GET CANCER led to an increase in people using

  • ground-up shark cartilage to treat cancer, but 1. That doesn't work, and 2. Sharks

  • do get cancer.

  • 17. Chameleons don't primarily change color to camouflage. It helps them regulate

  • their temperature and it's a way of communicating. \fs24 \

  • 18. Throwing rice at weddings does not lead to birds eating that rice and then the

  • rice expanding in their stomachs and the birds exploding. This has just never happened once

  • in all of human history....or bird history.

  • 19. An earthworm does not become two earthworms when you cut it in half. If it's

  • lucky, the part with the mouth survives and you're left with one, smaller earthworm.

  • But most likely you'll end up with two dead earthworms.

  • 20. Humans have more than five senses, including a sense of time, acceleration, and

  • limb position. The five senses were made up by Aristotle, with whom I have a longstanding

  • and public feud, and as usual, he was wrong and I am right and shut up about how he isn\'92t

  • here to defend himself.

  • 21. Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or coarser, no matter where you're shaving.

  • 22. Your fingernails do't keep growing after you die.

  • 23. If you swallow your gum, it will not stick in your stomach for seven years.

  • It goes through your body just the same as anything else you eat. Except batteries.

  • Don't. Eat. Batteries.

  • 24. People don't use only 10% of their brains. William James seems to have

  • coined this one, but he was speaking figuratively.

  • 25. You can't catch warts from toads. But you can get warts from other people, which

  • is why I always say: Only socialize with Toads.

  • 26. A penny dropped from the Empire State building will not kill someone if it

  • lands on their head. The terminal velocity of a penny is between 30 and 50 miles per

  • hour, not fast enough to kill anyone. Also, if you drop a penny from the top of the Empire

  • State Building, it will land like three stories below you, because the building is shaped like this.

  • 27. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball and in fact never claimed to have invented baseball.

  • 28. Caesar salad was not invented by Julius Caesar but for its inventor, Caesar

  • Cardini, who supposedly invented the salad in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924.

  • 29. Puff the Magic Dragon is not about Marijuana. As Mary of Peter Paul and Mary

  • put it, "Believe me, if he wanted to write a song about marijuana, he would've written

  • a song about marijuana."

  • 30. Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my Dear Watson," nor did

  • 31. anyone ever say "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca,

  • 32. Sarah Palin never said, "I can see Russia from my house," and

  • 33. Al Gore never said, "I invented the Internet." Oh, and

  • 34. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD RON BURGUNDY NEVER SAID WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY. He

  • said boy, that escalated quickly.

  • Okay gotta speed up.

  • 35. Danishes are from Austria, not Denmark.

  • 36. Humans didn't evolve from chimps; we share an ancestor...but we did evolve.

  • 37. It's a chest OF drawers, not a chester drawers, as I learned when I was 28 years old.

  • 38. If you can replace you're with You Are, contract; otherwise, don't.

  • 39. The Italian libertine is Don Juan, but in Byron's epic poem, he is Don Juan

  • Rhymes With Ruin.

  • 40. You would not explode in the vacuum of space.

  • 41. No one was burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials; 19 people were hanged

  • and one was crushed with stones but NO BURNING.

  • 42. Chinese fortune cookies are Californian not Chinese.

  • 43. Neither blondes nor redheads are about to go extinct.

  • 44. No one died during the chariot race sequence of

  • Ben Hur.

  • 45. Mussolini didn\'92t make the trains run on time;

  • 46. Storing batteries in the freezer does not improve their performance;

  • 47. THERE IS NO NEED TO REFRIGERATE PEANUT BUTTER, unless it's all natural

  • or organic or whatever;

  • 48. Walt Disney is not cryogenically frozen;

  • 49. Fidel Castro was never given a tryout by the Washington Senators or any other baseball

  • team and

  • 50. Famed sexologist Dr. Ruth was not a sniper in the Israeli army? What? She was?

  • Wow. Fine, then. 50. Julia Child was not actually a spy for the United States during World War 2.

  • SHE WAS? OH I GIVE UP.

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