UNITED STATES—The reason why misconceptions are so alluring is that they are very easy to come by. They give you the easy way out – you do not need to waste neurons trying to figure out if something is true or not.
Sure, most people would disagree with this. But, for the sake of this article, level with us and try to figure out if we are right or not.
Before we dive deep into the proverbial forest of ideas and premises, we should first define the notion of misconceptions to get it closer to all of us.
Misconceptions are conclusions formulated based on wrong information (premises) and/or simply wrongly formulated. They seem to possess roots in logically correct premises, but somehow a person slips along the way and falls into the ditch of wrong thinking. Bad luck.
Some misconceptions are easy to remove, with some you need to work harder, while others are so adamantly fixed in the society that trying to change someone’s (wrong) opinion can result in serious bodily harm.
And then there are some which you never thought of examining for quality assurance. We compiled a list of misconceptions which are so fixed that they are nearly impossible to eradicate from society. But, don’t worry – we won’t try to change your mind about them.
When You Think You Know Everything
Humans rely on questioning everything around them, but not always. When the need to understand one’s surroundings is satisfied, some questions will never be asked again. Such is the question of the light bulb – what is it, how does it work, and how did it get here?
Well, one of the first things people will tell you is that it was invented by Thomas Edison, which is technically a mistake.
The first prototype of the bulb was invented in the 1800s by Alessandro Volta, who created the voltaic pile. Even though it was revolutionary to introduce incandescent lighting, this invention was not very practical. Fun fact: this later turned out to be a predecessor of the modern battery. However, after Volta there came Humphrey Davy, who was slightly more efficient with the introduction of the electric arc lamp (created by connecting voltaic piles by charcoal electrodes). A couple of decades later, Warren de la Rue and William Staite worked on augmenting efficiency, but neither of their projects was profitable due to high costs. Finally, Joseph Swan created the light bulb with cellulose filament and filed for a patent. Edison’s bulb was only the better product than all the previous works, but the question of the real author of the concept goes decades into the past.
Speaking of light bulbs, we just had a light-bulb moment: people do not use only 10% of their brains.
This is one of those urban myths concocted in the 20th century, usually attributed to Albert Einstein. However, the most probable originators of the neuromyth are William James and Boris Sidis, Harvard psychologists that worked with child prodigy William Sidis. William James explained to the audiences that people reach only a small fraction of their brain potential, which can be taken as a probable source of the myth.
However, the myth lives on, while brain research and studies progress slowly due to the delicate nature of our motherboards.
It Is IT, Isn’t It?
Computers are complex machines, and most people are not actually well-versed in the sciences of computing and things related to the internet. Various misconceptions surround the IT professionals that work in the area that is gaining popularity as the civilization moves towards yet another technological revolution.
First, not everyone is a hacker, and not everyone can crack a password. IT experts dabble in numerous fields and branches of the science, including sites, apps, programs, and code developments. They are also responsible for creating the RNG (Random Number Generator) usually implemented in the online casino games found in online casinos worldwide and websites such as VideoSlot.com where all of them can actually be played for free.
This here tackles another misconception associated with gambling – casino games are not based purely on luck.
The idea that winning in casinos is determined by our luck is the birthplace of numerous gambling fallacies, which can be described as strategies for winning by betting certain amounts of money or sequencing the wagers in specific order so as to increase one’s chances of obtaining prizes. However, that is wrong. All casino games use the RNG which makes sure no sequence can be predicted and all follow in completely random order.
Random Fact Sequence
The final touch to our article today is adding a couple of extra cherries on top. We all love cookies, but do you like fortune cookies? These little gems are usually associated with Chinese culture, but they actually originate from Japan. In China, they are regarded as part of the American culture which is responsible for integrating them in mainstream culture today.
Fortune cookies can also last for a very long time, unlike Twinkies that remain on the shelf only for 7 to 10 days. The Twinkies myth is the direct opposite to the myth of the expiration date: most food is edible long after the expiration date, but not Twinkies.