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• As a child, Albert Einstein actually did very well in school as a boy and excelled in math. The story that he did poorly in his studies arose from the fact that both Switzerland and Germany grade on a scale of 1 to six. However, in Germany 6 is the worst grade, similar to an “F” in the U.S., while in Switzerland a 6 is equivalent to an “A.” When people in Germany first got a look at his Swiss report card, they spread the word that he had nearly flunked out of school. When Einstein was shown a clipping from the newspaper column “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” (which was famous for failing to fact-check their claims, thus leading to the “Or Not”) Einstein disputed the claim that he failed his way through school, adding, “Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus.” • Betta fish do not flourish when confined to tiny cups of water. They have evolved to be able to get air directly from the atmosphere, and can survive droughts when they are temporarily trapped in small pools of water, but most betta fish in the wild inhabit huge rice paddies where they move freely and are seldom confined to small puddles of water for very long. All betta fish benefit from aeration, filtration, heated water, and having room to move and places to hide. • Most cats are lactose intolerant and get stomach aches and diarrhea from drinking milk. • Autism is not caused by vaccines. Vaccines are typically given to children when they are reaching the age when symptoms of autism start to manifest but there is no evidence that the two events are connected. Also, autistic people do not generally tend to have “special powers” as portrayed in the film “Rain Man.” • Bats are not blind; they have eyes and can see perfectly well. ...continued

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• You will not get stomach cramps and die if you swim after eating. There is a correlation between alcohol and drowning, however. • Tax brackets are progressive. If you jump up to the next tax bracket, only the money in that higher tax bracket is taxed at the higher level, not all the money earned prior to entering that bracket. If there is a 70% tax on amounts over ten million, and you earn ten million and one dollar, only the one dollar is taxed at 70%, and the first ten million are taxed at the lower rate. Similarly, estate taxes are only levied on people who inherit more than $11.4 million; those inheriting less than that owe no estate taxes. • The total death count in the Holocaust was not just 6 million Jews. It is true that about 6 million Jews were exterminated, but gypsies, homosexuals, criminals, POWs, and the disabled (among others) were also exterminated in the death camps. The total number ranges closer to 11 million. If you count all the people who died during World War II, including soldiers and civilians, and those who died from disease and starvation, the total is about 60 million. • CPR rarely brings a person back to life. In TV dramas, CPR is completely successful about 75% of the time, but in reality only about 10 to 20% of people who require CPR are revived and go on to live healthy lives. The success stories generally concern those who were healthy to start with, such as young children who drown or marathon runners who have a crisis while running. People who were already old or ill prior to requiring CPR seldom recover, and often recover only to suffer from brain damage, broken ribs, or other injuries. • There are no distinct “zones” for sweet, bitter, sour, and salty on your tongue. All different tastes can be detected on all parts of the tongue by all taste buds. ...continued

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• There are no specific diets or herbs that help “detox” the body by flushing substances from your body. In reality, your liver and kidneys do it automatically. • Frankenstein was not a monster. Dr. Frankenstein was the name of the man who created the monster, who was called “Frankenstein’s monster.” • Lemmings do not engage in mass suicidal dives off cliffs when migrating. Lemmings are good swimmers and will endeavor to swim across bodies of water they encounter when moving into new territories. • Water going down a drain does not consistently swirl in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction depending on where it is in relationship to the equator. • Humans did not evolve from chimpanzees. However, chimpanzees and humans share a common ancestor who lived between 6 and 8 million years ago. Since 1997

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• There is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets. This theory originated with the costume designer for an opera by Richard Wagner, and stuck. • Christopher Columbus never set foot on what is now the continental U.S. He only landed on Caribbean Islands. He was not proving that the Earth is round; that was already well-known by the time he set out. • Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” did not cause widespread panic in the U.S. • Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb; he merely invented an improved model. Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line; he merely improved it. • Humans and dinosaurs did not ever live at the same time. The last of the dinosaurs died 65.5 million years ago, and the earliest humans evolved about 2.4 million years ago.





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• On Aug. 11, 1806, explorer Meriwether Lewis is shot in the hip, probably by one of his own men. Private Cruzatte, who was blind in one eye and nearsighted in the other, insisted he had not shot his captain. Lewis, however, had the offending bullet: A .54 caliber slug from a modern U.S. Army rifle, identical to the one carried by Cruzatte. • On Aug. 8, 1863, after his defeat at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis refused the request. • On Aug. 10, 1937, the electric guitar is recognized by the United States Patent Office with the award of Patent No. 2,089.171 for the Rickenbacker Frying Pan. The guitar used a heavy electromagnet that surrounded the base of the steel strings like a bracelet. • On Aug. 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. • On Aug. 7, 1959, the American satellite Explorer 6 is launched into Earth orbit. The 142-pound spacecraft featured a photocell scanner that transmitted a crude picture of the Earth's surface from a distance of 17,000 miles. The photo, received in Hawaii, took nearly 40 minutes to transmit. • On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon officially resigns as president of the United States, departing in a helicopter from the White House lawn. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in. Ford spoke in a television address, declaring, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over." • On Aug. 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan begins firing 11,359 air-traffic controllers striking in violation of his order to return to work. Two days earlier almost 13,000 air-traffic controllers went on strike over negotiations to raise their pay. © 2019 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved





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• For the next three years, Freud worked in a variety of departments at Vienna General, becoming more and more interested in the psychiatric clinic. In addition to his medical duties, he became a lecturer in neuropathology at the University. • By 1886, he had resigned from the hospital and opened a private practice focusing on what he called “nervous disorders.” One of his common tools was hypnosis, and during the treatment of a certain patient, he made an important discovery. The woman’s symptoms of mental illness dramatically improved when she recovered memories of traumatic childhood events during hypnosis. • Believing that the childhood incidents had a significant effect on adult behavior, Freud began helping patients confront their past and work though the difficulties. • Freud created a prototype of the mind, labeling what he believed to be three levels, the conscious, the subconscious, and the unconscious. Comparing the mind to an iceberg, he defined the conscious as that small amount of the mind’s activity that we know about, the tip of the iceberg. The bulk of the mind lies below the surface, with the subconscious containing those memories that could be retrieved from memory if we try, and the unconscious being things we are unaware of and cannot be made aware of.

• Freud studied his patient’s dreams, believing that dreams were the “royal road to the unconscious.” His conviction was that dreams were a clue to repressed memories, and people dream to cope with those unconscious struggles. • With the Nazi invasion of Austria, the Jewish Freud sought a way to escape. His close friend, Princess Marie Bonaparte, a great-grandniece of the French Emperor Napoleon I, used her great wealth to enable the necessary papers for Freud to leave Vienna for London in June of 1938. She made several attempts to accomplish the same for his four elderly sisters, but failed. All four women died in Nazi concentration camps. • Having been a lifelong smoker, Freud developed cancer of the mouth and jaw. After battling growths in his mouth for 16 years, Freud died just 15 months after settling in London. • Words and expressions that entered our language as a result of Freud’s work include denial, repression, cathartic, neurotic, libido, and the ever-popular Freudian slip.


• Freud was born in what is now the Czech Republic, the first of eight children. In 1873, at age 17, he began his studies at the University of Vienna, intending to study law. A change of heart and nine years later, Freud secured a position at the Vienna General Hospital.

• Freud also developed a model of the parts of the personality. He defined the “id” as that unconscious, impulsive, and irrational part that seeks pleasure and satisfaction of basic instincts. The “ego” attempts to satisfy the id’s demands in a safe and socially acceptable way, while the “superego” is the moral compass and conscience that encourages following the rules. Ignoring the superego’s voice results in guilt and anxiety.


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