Three famous myths busted

There has been various stories that are considered true but the fact is they are never verified. We are starting a new series on our blog where we will bring the authenticity of the real facts and uncover some behind the scenes of these stories that we have been listening over the years. We are basically inspired from the Myth Busters series from the discovery channel, if you have no idea about it, here is the link.

So today we are busting three myths.

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  1. Stars can be seen from well during day time.
  2. Australia was discovered by Captain Cook.
  3. Light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison.

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Can stars be viewed from the bottom of a well during the daytime?

can we see stars in day times

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At daytimes, it is impossible to see the stars with a naked eye and it has been said since decades that the stars can be seen during daytimes if you try to see them from the bottom of the well. Its answer is a big “NO”. They can’t be viewed because the scattered sunlight doesn’t allows the human eye to view the Stars during daytimes. The only possibility to see the stars at daytimes is to use a high-ranged telescope.

Was Australia discovered by Captain Cook?

was australia discovered by captain cook

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Another famous myth in the list is about Captain’s Cook discovery of Australia but according to the studies, Australia was discovered by the Dutchmen Abel Tasman and Dirk Hartog. In fact, it was a re-discovery, not a discovery because Australia was already discovered by indigenous Australians some 50,000 years ago.

Was the light bulb invented by Thomas Edison?

Was light bulb invented by edison or not?

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With 1093 patents in United States, Edison is known as one of the greatest inventors of all times. It has been said that most of his inventions were not originally his work but his technicians, the Electric Light Bulb was one of these inventions. In fact, it was invented by an English scientist Sir Humphry Davy but that bulb’s life was just 12 hours. Later after four decades, Edison made hundreds of experiments and finally made a long-lasting Electric Light Bulb.

We are confident that you would love this series, if you know about any specific fact or myth that you consider and wants us to bust it, feel free to write at us via our Contact Form.

7 Responses to Three famous myths busted
  1. C. Dave
    May 10, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    It has been said that Clopetra was killed by a snake but now I heard she died after taking a cup of poison. Any idea about this??

  2. admin
    May 11, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, love those myths coming.

    @Dave: Thanks for the comments and bringing another Myth, Watch this space and we will bust this myth soon..

  3. That Guy You Hate
    July 29, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Cleopatra did take poison because of the siege of Egypt caused from Mark Antony (and Julius Caeser) staying in Egypt after falling in love with her she also killed herself because Mark Antony had been killed.

  4. guigui
    October 9, 2012 | 10:45 am

    @C.Dave. May be she has swallowed the snake !!!!

  5. Woompa
    October 17, 2012 | 2:05 am

    Cleopatra was bitten by snake. She chose to be bitten by an asp, because she wanted to die. No cups of poison involved here.

  6. Ross Marsden
    November 24, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    Bright stars and Venus can be seen in daylight.
    See for example http://sky.velp.info/daystars.php near the bottom of the page.
    I have seen Venus during daylight earlier this year. It helps if it is near the Moon at the time.
    So maybe you can contrive to see a star (or a planet) from the bottom of a well… but you don’t need a well.

  7. someone else
    January 9, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Surprised that Tesla was not mentioned in the section about the light bulb. He was in fact the father of the modern light bulb. The light bulb that is still in use today in fact.

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