If it has been proven by science, it must be true. That’s what we all think when are speculating whether something we read or see is actually true or not. While it is a perfectly good argument, it’s not always true. In the past, there have been times where scientific results were based completely on what the scientist(s) wanted to prove and therefore, unreliable. Believe it or not, there are scientific hoaxes in history that are just mindboggling.
To learn more, browse through this list where we talk about the top 5 scientific hoaxes in history. Hope you enjoy the read.
Perpetual Motion Machine
First on our list of scientific hoaxes in history is the perpetual motion machine. For a layman, it’s basically any machine that produces more energy than it uses, so technically that’s free energy. Laws of physics dictate that that is not possible but people still believe it’s true. Several theories regarding such machines have popped up around the globe, but such a machine does not exist, and with today’s knowledge it is impossible to create.
Whether or not aliens exist is a separate issue, but we know for certain that crop circles are completely fake. Crop circles first popped up in the 1970s in English wheat fields which resulted in theories about extra-terrestrial life. Later in 1991, two pranksters came forward and revealed how they manage to create those.
The Upas Tree
If you ever hear about a very old tree in Indonesia so poisonous that it would kill any living thing within a 15-mile radius, don’t buy it. The tree exists and so does its poisonous attribute. But the theory that it kills everything within such a wide range is not true. The story was just way over-exaggerated.
If somebody tries to prank you with dihydrogen monoxide, don’t worry about it. It’s just another name for H20 or water. The term ‘monoxide’ induces panic of course, but there is nothing wrong with dihydrogen monoxide. In fact, to make it more fun, you could just drink it in front of anyone pranking you and pretend to have some sort of seizure.
Last on our list of top five scientific hoaxes in history is the Fiji Mermaid. If you happen to visit PT Barnum museum you will find a mummified mermaid. For many years it was believed to be real so much so that people are still fascinated by it even today. Later it was proven to be a hoax with the torso and head of a monkey attached to the tail of a fish.
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