Here are 52 of the world’s most common myths and misconceptions debunked in one simple chart

David McCandless, a London-based data journalist and information designer, created a chart that anyone who is intellectually curious about the world should see.

David McCandless, a London-based data journalist and information designer, created a chart that anyone who is intellectually curious about the world should see.

This diagram is part of an even longer infographic that appears in McCandless’ recently published book, Knowledge is Beautiful. To see a larger version of this chart, follow this linkmyths h/t: io9



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    November 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Probably could have made this a little bigger so it would be easier to read.

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    November 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    A vomitorium is a term currently used in buildings designating the exit from a theatrical or exhibit space.

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    November 10, 2014 at 4:35 am

    go to “tools” icon and click on 150%

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    November 10, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I spy at least 2 that aren’t true. Nice try.

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    November 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Old stained glass wasn’t, “badly made.” The glass artists spun the panes by hand resulting in thicker pieces near the edge of the circle. When the pieces were cut for the window they put the thicker edge on the bottom. TMYK

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    November 10, 2014 at 5:22 am


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    November 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Have to call you out on the Milk-Mucus one though. Perhaps it doesn’t have that effect on everyone, but for those with compromised lungs (e.g. asthma), milk certainly does stimulate the production of mucus. As an asthmatic with 20 yrs of personal experience on the subject, I can vouch for that. It’s sheer murder when I get colds or the flu.

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    Darla Doxstater

    November 11, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Different FROM, not different TO. What’s your opposite of that, similar from? Idiots.

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