9 Facts We Learned in School That Aren t True Anymore

It turns out some of the things we were taught in school aren't as factual as we once believed. From basic math methods to long-held historical truths, the educational landscape has evolved. But fear not, here are some surprising facts

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Contrary to what we've long believed, dinosaurs aren't completely extinct. Birds, such as blue jays and hummingbirds, are descendants of dinosaurs, sharing genetic traits with ancient creatures like T. rex and Triceratops.

Dinosaurs are not extinct

Recent fossil discoveries have revealed that many dinosaurs had feathers, challenging the traditional image of scaly, lizard-like creatures. Some dinosaurs even displayed vibrant colors, showcasing a diverse and colorful ancient world.

Dinosaurs don t look like big lizards

Remember Brontosaurus? It turns out it wasn't just a childhood myth after all. Despite being dismissed as a mislabeled Apatosaurus for years, recent studies have reinstated Brontosaurus as a distinct genus, shedding new light on the diversity of sauropod dinosaurs.

Brontosaurus is a dinosaur

While the wooden teeth myth persists, George Washington actually wore dentures made from ivory, gold, and lead. These complex dental contraptions, which also contained real human and animal teeth, highlight the challenges of dental care in the 18th century.

George Washington didn t have wooden teeth

Contrary to popular belief, witches weren't burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. In England, where the colonists' traditions originated, convicted witches were hanged, not burned.

Women suspected of being witches were not burned at the stake

While we're familiar with solids, liquids, and gases, there's another state of matter beyond our atmosphere: plasma. This highly charged state, found in stars and neon lights, joins other exotic states like Bose-Einstein condensates

There are more than three states of matter

The debate over the number of planets in our solar system continues. While Pluto's reclassification as a dwarf planet caused controversy, recent discoveries in the Kuiper Belt suggest there could be even more dwarf

We either have eight or 13 planets in our solar system

Despite our advancements in space exploration, there's still much we don't know about our own solar system. With potentially hundreds of dwarf planets yet to be discovered and the ongoing search for elusive Planet X, our understanding of our cosmic neighborhood is continually evolving.

We don t really know all the planets in our solar system