11 Compulsive Lies Teachers Tell Their Students (According to the Internet)

Written By Shivani Bohare

Remember those “facts” you learned in school that seemed a bit off? Turns out, you might’ve been onto something. Reddit users have shared the “quirky” things they learnt in school that later turned out to be wildly inaccurate:

11. If You Don’t Do Well You’ll End Up Being A Garbage Man

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“Garbage men are awesome and make more than teachers.”

“This is true of so many professions that we were taught were ‘lesser-than’ or just looked down upon. Being a plumber was always a joke… wish I woulda took the 70k, Union job with excellent benefits and a pension joke at 20 years old lol”

10. A Meteorite Killed All The Dinosaurs

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“Kids are still taught that the meteor killed all the dinosaurs, but that’s not true. It (and the subsequent global environmental changes) killed off the land-dwelling dinosaurs. Some of the feathered dinosaurs survived and went on to become birds.”

“We were taught the asteroid caused a great cloud of dust, the cloud blotted out the sun, it killed the plants, so dinosaurs starved after some time … not so. It happened in a day. The cloud shot out from the rupture so fast there’s evidence of it on the moon. The cloud of silica dust enveloped the earth. The cloud fell back to earth about three hours after the asteroid hit, and its re-entry heated the atmosphere to 1200F. You can dig anywhere in the world, and at the same age layer of rock, you find char. Before that charred layer, dinosaurs. After, no dinosaurs. Only animals that lived underground or in the sea survived.”

9. You Only Use 10% of Your Brain Each Day

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“This fact is like saying “a stop light only uses thirty percent of its lights at a time,” the brain not being active is what makes it useful.”

“The 10% number is made up — there was never a rigorous brain imaging study that found that 10% of neurons are active at a time. The history of the quote is that psychologist William James said that the average person only achieved 10% of their potential (which might be true, but the number is not meant to be taken literally). And then the quote somehow mutated into “10% of the brain.”

8. George Washington’s Teeth Were Made of Wood

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“The wild part is that they specifically went out of their way to teach us about George Washington’s “wood” teeth. Like, if you could name 5 facts about him, that would be one.”

“I’m still salty about being taught that; it cost me the win in a pub quiz a few years back. I’m not even American; I was taught that in school in Ireland.”

7. You Won’t Always Carry Calculators

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“Whoever decided to add calculators to cell phones, I feel, thought back to his old math teacher saying that and went, “Oh yeah?”

“The meaning behind that is that you need to learn basic math, which is actually correct. And people don’t literally “always” have a phone with them. As a roofer, there’s no way I’m taking a phone up there to fry in the sun or fall off the roof. And every day, I need to calculate square footage estimates while doing a job.”

6. Your Permanent Record Will Follow You Into Adulthood

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“The only time I found that “record” was used was for college admittance. A brilliant person had a bunch of red flags in his profile, and he would talk back endlessly. He has rejection letters stating his records were not clear enough even to apply there. He turned out fine. I think he’s a lawyer in a big city.”

“I used to do background screening… it can, if we’re talking about court records. Your middle school GPA, not so much.”

5. Strangers Offer Free Drugs on Street Corners and In Halloween Candies

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“It has been such a disappointment that no one has ever offered me drugs. [Someone] has asked me if I had drugs before, but no one has ever offered them to me for my own use.”

“The Halloween hysteria was insane. I remember not being allowed to eat any of my candy until we got home and my parents could carefully comb it for drugs and razor blades.”

4. People in Pain Don’t Get Addicted to Opiates and Opioids

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“In pharmacy school around the turn of the century, we were taught that people in legitimate pain don’t get addicted to opiates and opioids.”

“I graduated nursing school in 2003 and was taught pain was way undertreated, only a small percentage of people get addicted, and you should hit pain with the best thing you got and take them regularly on a schedule, not as needed.”

3. The Food Pyramid

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“Eating more whole grains is actually great advice. The healthiest civilizations have been starch eaters — potatoes, legumes, and grains.”

“I remember when the food pyramid took over as the NEW recommendation. I first grew up with the four food groups, and then I remember when they introduced the food pyramid as the fix to the wrong recommendation. I was so confused about how they could just change it.”

2. Assignment Papers Will Be Accepted Only In Cursive

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“This was what my grade school teachers said about middle school. “If you turn in an assignment in middle school not written in cursive, they’ll give you a zero without looking!”. Then, when I got to middle school, the first day, EVERY single teacher I had declared some variation of “I will give you a zero if you submit an assignment in cursive. I am here to teach you, not decipher your hieroglyphs.”

1. Tongue is Divided Into Taste Bud Zones

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“I learned tongue taste maps at school. Turns out it’s complete nonsense.”

“I am a university professor. After the Great Recession of 2007/09, monetary policy changed significantly. The change was made permanent around 2009. Our economic textbooks, despite numerous revisions, were finally updated in 2021. The high school AP exam was updated In 2022….”

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Source: Reddit.

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