Well folks, Wednesday, Mar. 15, is National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day. Sorry it's not something more exciting or food-related. And while it might sound self explanatory, it's actually not a holiday meant to make us feel stupid, rather a holiday to remind us to stay humble and open. It's not as much a "you are dumb" day as much as a "there's so much we still don't know" day — if that makes any sense.
But honestly, do any of these unofficial national holidays actually make any sense? And isn't that just fine by us? On National Grilled Cheese Day, we're happy to have an excuse to eat some toasty bread and gooey cheese, so in the same spirit, let's look at Everything You Think Is Wrong Day as a fun day to consider all of the things we've been wrong about in the past — with the psychological spin of "look how much we've learned!" And in case this holiday depresses you in anyway, rest assured that the next day, Mar. 16, is Everything You Think Is Right Day. Because balance is everything, and even the faux national holidays know that.
So put your celebratory skeptical cap on and enjoy reminiscing about some of the most epic things we have been wrong about, and don't forget to wish a very happy #EverythingYouThinkIsWrongDay to your friends, family and followers.
Blood Is Blue
Because our veins look blue under our skin, people theorized that blood that has not yet mixed with oxygen outside of the body, is blue. However, blood is totally red. The fact that our veins look blue is only an illusion.
Hair & Nails Never Stop Growing
People have observed over time that dead bodies seem to show strange growth: particularly with hair and nails. Weeks and months after a person has passed away, their hair and nails might appear to be longer. But that's not because they're still growing, rather the skin around them is receding due to a lack of fluid.
The Earth Is Flat
Before we had the technology to see the Earth from a distance, we thought it was flat. Clearly, we were wrong.
Goldfish Don't Remember
The memory of a goldfish is not really the butt of a joke as we think it is. Fish actually have pretty good memories, that can store memories for months, science says. So pick a new animal to rag on.
Gum Doesn't Digest For Years
While our bodies might not be able to break gum down very well (there's nothing nutritious in a stick of gum anyway) it goes through our digestive track just as quickly as anything else does. Our bodies don't hold on to swallowed pieces of gum for years.
A Falling Penny Off A Skyscraper Could Kill You
While a penny falling from an inch above your head versus falling from hundreds of feet above your head will have a different impact, it won't kill you. You might get a solid bump on your head though or a bruise — that's possible.
The Five Second Rule Is Real
Sorry, it's not. The second your food touches the floor it can come into contact with germs. Keep eating food off the floor if you want, but don't kid yourself, you're eating germs if you're eating off the floor.
Chameleons Change Colors To Camouflage
While they most definitely do change colors, it's not to hide. It's mostly to communicate and it's a reaction to light and temperature. It's just their way of talking, really.
Humans Have Five Senses
Humans have way more than five senses! Our ability to sense pain, hunger, temperature, distance, thirst — are all thanks to senses outside of the standard five.