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  • Ingrid Nilsson

False Facts

Common rumors that are unsupported by valid sources probably have filled your head with false facts. Here’s a list of misconceptions you’ve probably heard of and (at least at one point) believed…

1. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.

False. Mountain height is measured on the distance from base to their peak, even if the base starts underwater. Although Mount Everest is the tallest mountain above sea level, Mauna Kea in Hawaii beats Mount Everest by over 3,000 feet if you include its underwater and above water footage. (above: Mauna Kea)

2. Fortune cookies are Chinese

Nope. Fortune cookies were originally a Japanese delicacy, and the cookies were much larger than those served today. However, when thousands of Japanese workers were imprisoned during World War II, many Chinese companies started serving the profitable fortune cookies in Americanized Chinese food restaurants at smaller sizes.

3. Coffee comes from beans.

Again, no. Although the origin of coffee is often thought to be “coffee beans”, this drink actually comes from the seeds of coffee fruit, which resemble cherries.

4. Sugar makes you hyper.

False. Although you have probably heard many times of “sugar rushes”, studies have shown sugar does not cause behavioral changes in children, regardless of quantity.