How to be an Ass at Parties

Step 1.) Read Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions.

Some Good ones:

  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. According to a study of Washington’s four known dentures by a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with the National Museum of Dentistry, itself associated with the Smithsonian Museum), the dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).
  • Searing meat does not “seal in” moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Generally, meat is seared to create a brown crust with a rich flavor via the Maillard reaction.
  • It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any man-made object from the Moon. The misconception is believed to have been popularized by Richard Halliburton decades before the first moon landing.

Step 2.) This part is automatic. You’ll act like a total ass the next time someone mentions that lemmings are suicidal, Napoleon was short, or that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter.

Happy Trolling.

[List of Common Misconceptions via the Browser]

[image via Wikimedia Commons]

October 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts.


  1. Expressmom replied:

    I officially hate you.

    Because I did go to Wikipedia and I will NOT be able to stop myself from spouting these facts the next time someone mentions one.

    You are evil.


  2. Phil Bost replied:

    Thanks for visiting Expressmom!
    Like I said, Step 2 will be automatic. The misinformation we all think of as ‘common sense’ is shocking.
    Being a wikipedia nerd, I subscribed to this topic’s updates but quickly had to unsubscribe since there are at least 1000 per day. The topic of ‘Common Misconceptions’ is apparently very contentious!

  3. Phil Bost replied:

    By the way Expressmom, if you don’t mind my asking, how did you come across my blog? Usually I don’t get many visits and only get ‘outside’ visits on the rarest occasions.

    • Expressmom replied:

      hmm….. I don’t recall how I found you. Perhaps snooping through the WordPress “Tags.” But, I’ll be back!!!

      • Phil Bost replied:

        Of course, you’re welcome any time. I love the tag browsing game myself. Many jewels to be found that way.

  4. 42qs replied:

    No wonder that beer we tried to name after Georgie boys wooden teeth exploded. It was seething with anger after being inappropriately named.

    • Phil Bost replied:

      Keith, would you believe I had the _exact same_ thought?
      Normally I don’t anthropomorphize inanimate objects, but since these were actively exploding, I felt it was okay to attribute anger in this one circumstance.
      You know, we still have at least a dozen that, for whatever reason, didn’t explode.
      We need to take a chance on those babies whenever it’s time to make the pumpkin brew.

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