20 Facts Your Teachers Taught You That Are Totally Untrue

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11. Toilets don’t flush the other way Down Under

Yes, it turns out Bart Simpson didn’t need to place a $900 collect call to Australia to figure this one out after all. Because water really doesn’t flush in different directions at either end of the world. While hurricanes and other large forces are subject to the opposite Coriolis forces of the hemispheres, toilets are simply too small-scale.

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10. The Trojan horse probably never happened

It’s a fable as old as any – the Greeks hiding inside a giant wooden horse, masquerading as an offering, in order to siege the city of Troy from within. But while Troy really was sacked, according to historians the horse part likely didn’t happen at all. Instead, it was probably dreamt up, perhaps by Homer – it was first mentioned in his Odyssey – based on the way damp horse-hides were used to protect siege-engines from being burned.

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