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a year ago

What fake statistic is still widely believed today?

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Brain-Controlled Techs

Parents already uneasy about the safety of the Internet and concerned about the Stranger Danger threat had their fears confirmed in the mid-2000s when a concerning statistic circulated widely in the news media claiming that a study found that one in five children is approached by an online predator. If 20 percent of American kids is really being approached by child molesters, given the amount of time the average kid spends online, this is clearly a very real and troubling threat.         
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Neuroscientist Says He Experienced Life After Death.            

This is one of the classic, venerable, and fatally flawed (yet widely believed) bogus science statistics of all time. If they ever create a Museum of Spectacularly Skewed Statistics, this one will be the main attraction, behind velvet ropes and under gleaming spotlights. Many people believe that some scientist somewhere calculated that we only use 10 percent of our brains. For some it implies that psychic powers must be real and simply the result of people who are able to somehow harness the other 90 percent of their brains that the rest of us don't use. It's not clear where exactly this amazingly flawed statistic comes from, but it's not from neuroscience or modern medicine, which shows that we use all of our brains. Brain imaging research techniques such as PET scans (positron emission tomography) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) clearly show that the vast majority of the brain does not lie unused, researchers have found.         
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Many people believe that humans have souls, and look to science to confirm their religious beliefs. The idea that a human soul could be weighed intrigued many people, including a doctor named Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Mass. Not only would weighing the soul seemingly scientifically prove its existence, but it would empirically quantify its weight and perhaps answer a question that puzzled theologians for millennia.
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The GDP figures for most of the countries!!!! mostly overstated and the inflation rates of most countries.. shows a much smaller figure and not a comprehensive number of items included..
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There's a tale we've all heard: A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would fall at such a rate it would impale and kill anyone it hit down below.
Actually this is not true, in reality the coin will not hit you at 210 miles per hour as believed by many people, instead it will be much slower and will not hurt you. It has even been practiced. This is because of the aerodynamic shape of a coin, when dropped air pushes up on it and prevents it from going really fast
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Donald trumps approval rating from fellow republicans.

" The president's approval rating among Republicans sat at 87 percent in July, but has slipped to 79 percent in the latest Hill-HarrisX survey conducted earlier this month. "

There's no way even 79% of republicans approve of Donald Trump. Seriously? has to be wrong.
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Christopher Columbus discovered the new world. And oh yeah he was an explorer!
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Crime statistics in the media is usually misleading
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From here in Venezuela there are still many people who believe in the successes of the 21st century revolution, number of houses built, school attendance, health care ... everything is false
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Salty walter boils quicker.

Adding a sprinkle of salt doesn't make any difference. In fact it can take longer to boil.
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