Ted's Fun & Games Popular Misconceptions

I have compiled this tricky little list to test your ability to ferret the truth from a group of widely believed, yet erroneous notions.


Only four of the following statements are factual.  Which are they?

  1. Chop suey is a Chinese dish. 
  2. A police officer has the legal right to commandeer your automobile.
  3. A stock split increases the value of that stock.
  4. Hypnosis is a form of mind control.
  5. Log cabins are not as strong as conventional homes.
  6. The stripes on an African tiger are black.
  7. The 21st century began on January 1, 2000.
  8. Water conducts electricity.
  9. On average, winters are colder in the northern hemisphere.
  10. Your automobile tires do not conduct electricity.
  11. Cholesterol is bad.
  12. A pound of gold weighs more than a pound of feathers.
  13. The © character is a required component of a valid copyright.
  14. Citizens of India worship cows regularly.
  15. There is no such thing as an infinite number. 
  16. Wealth is destroyed during a stock-market decline.
  17. Marijuana usage leads to hard drugs.
  18. Coffee reduces drunkenness.
  19. It is improper to end a sentence with a preposition.
  20. Black and white are colors.
  21. A light-year is a measurement of time.
  22. Many candy bars can be purchased for .89¢ or less.
  23. The stripes on an African tiger are yellow.
  24. Potatoes are fattening.
  25. Florida is America's southernmost state.
  26. A person cannot testify against his/her spouse in an American court of law.
  27. Sherlock Holmes famously said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  28. There are many species of dogs.
  29. An Internet web page lacking a copyright designation is legally unprotected.
  30. Ostriches bury their heads in the sand.
  31. A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.
  32. Every day ends at midnight.
  33. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow.
  34. A koala is a bear.
  35. The recent stock-market bubble was not identifiable as such at the time.
  36. The earth is round.
  37. When Monte Hall offered to let a contestant swap doors, there was no advantage in doing so.
  38. Your car gets better mileage at 20 mph than at 40 mph.
  39. Ben Franklin's kite was struck by lightning.
  40. Humans use only about 10% of their brains.
  41. The twelfth president of the United States was David Rice Atchison.
  42. "Play it again, Sam" is from the movie Casablanca.
  43. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
  44. Being in a higher tax bracket is bad.
  45. Hawaii is America's westernmost state.
  46. Mice like cheese.
  47. There is no mention in the Bible of Adam and Eve eating an apple.
  48. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
  49. The summit of Mount Everest is the land point farthest from the center of the earth.
  50. Chinese checkers originated in China.
  51. "Beam me up, Scotty" is from the original Star Trek series.


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