9 Facts We Were Taught in School That Turned Out to Be Complete Lies

We believe that every fact we hear from our teachers is the absolute truth. But quite often it turns out that we can’t believe everything we hear, especially when it concerns some historical events.

Bright Side gathered the most widespread delusions we still consider as real facts that actually weren’t proved by anybody.

9. Humpty Dumpty was an egg.

We all know the classic nursery rhyme about the tragic fall of poor Humpty Dumpty. But this character was not, in fact, an egg at all. The very word “egg” was never mentioned in this short poem.

Humpty Dumpty is the name of the cannon used by the English Royalists during the English Civil War. At that time, militants placed cannons on walls, and when these weapons fell on the ground, they couldn’t be recovered.

8. Blackboard chalk is made of chalk.

Most modern chalk is actually made from mineral gypsum and isn’t comprised of chalk at all.

9 Facts We Were Taught in School That Turned Out to Be Complete Lies

The difference between these 2 chemical substances is that chalk is calcium carbonate and gypsum is a kind of salt.

Napoleon Bonaparte is often depicted as being a man of small stature. In 1821, at the time of his death, his height was 5 feet 2 inches in French units.

However, in modern measurements, that would make him 5 feet 7 inches tall. That’s a bit more than the standard Frenchman’s height in the 1800s (5 feet 5 inches). This means that Napoleon was rather tall for his time.