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    10 Lies Taught To Us In Schools

    10 Lies Taught To Us In School
    by Andrew Handley, January 20, 2013

    The school system is a bastion of education and enlightenment, a fortress of higher learning where our children can safely discover the facts about the way our world works. Through this system we have the opportunity to grow and mature into responsible adults, secure in our knowledge of history, science, and mathematics.

    Except, of course, for all the ridiculously irresponsible lies we’re being fed. Here are ten of the biggest lies taught to us in school.

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    Deoxygenated Blood Is Blue (Which Is Why Your Veins Appear Blue)


    Blue veins

    If you look closely at the inside of your wrist, you’ll probably see a small network of blue veins running up into your hand. Despite what they might teach you in elementary school, that’s not blue blood running through there. The myth is that deoxygenated blood is blue, while blood leaving the heart is red because it’s been filled with fresh oxygen. When you bleed, the blood is immediately red because it’s exposed to oxygen in the air.

    But if you’ve ever given blood or had blood taken at the doctor’s office, you’ll know that it’s not some alien blue liquid filling up that sealed tube—it’s, well, it’s blood. The reason your veins look blue is a simple trick of the light, and the way your eyes perceive colors. When light filters through the layers of skin, the low frequency wavelengths (like red) are refracted by pigmentation and thin fat layers, leaving mostly blue light to reflect back to your eyes. An albino person will usually have red veins because of the lack of pigmentation in their skin.

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    There Were Thirteen Original Colonies In America


    Original Colonies

    It’s easy to understand why people believe this lie, but it is a lie nonetheless. The American flag has thirteen stripes representing the original thirteen colonies—but really there were only twelve.

    That’s because Delaware was never a separate colony. After the British invaded the region and stole it from the Dutch in the 1660s, the Delaware territory was juggled between Maryland and Pennsylvania. Eventually it ended up under the ownership of William Penn—the guy who also owned Pennsylvania—and it remained a part of Pennsylvania until the Revolutionary War. In fact, it wasn’t even called Delaware—it was just known as “The Three Lower Counties.”

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    Liquid Glass


    Windowpane

    The myth: old windowpanes are thicker at the bottom because glass is a slow moving liquid.

    At some point in time, a historian looked at an ancient windowpane and noticed something unusual: the glass was thicker at the bottom than at the top. Since there was no other way to account for it, he came to the conclusion that glass was an extremely slow moving liquid that settled over the years, resulting in thin, brittle glass at the top that gradually thickened towards the bottom edge of the windowpane.

    And then everybody believed him. The myth spread until even college professors were teaching it in their classes, since even scientists don’t understand science sometimes. But one researcher recently decided to test the viscosity (rate of flow) of glass, and came to the result that even the least viscous type of glass wouldn’t change much before 10^32 years—about three times the length of the existence of the universe. Though why we should believe him more than the first scientist is a bit of a mystery—effectively they are both making it up.

    The real reason antique glass windows are bottom-heavy goes back to the way they were made in the Middle Ages. Window-makers would blow glass into a large sphere, then flatten it into a disk by spinning it. The spinning motion caused the edges of the disk to thicken, much like spinning a pizza dough. And when they cut the disk into windows, they placed the thicker side at the bottom for stability.

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    Europeans Invaded Africa and Kidnapped the Slaves


    Slave Trade Map

    This isn’t meant to trivialize slavery, or pardon any of the people who took part in it, or condone it in any way. But let’s face it: most Americans are under the impression that colonial-era slavery got its start with white people sailing over to Africa, kidnapping hundreds of thousands of people, and bringing them back to Europe and America in chains.

    Parts of that are true. There were a lot of chains, and many Africans were certainly kidnapped. But despite the picture painted by many history textbooks, the majority of those slaves were actually sold to Europeans by other African slave traders—slave traders who had been operating on the continent for thousands of years. Slavery is nothing new to the world; it was actually pretty normal around that time. In fact, Egyptians were using Caucasian slaves in their armies during the thirteenth century. Heck, even the Bible endorsed the practice!

    As far as the Atlantic Slave Trade was concerned, in-country African slaves were typically members of a defeated tribe. But as soon as slave traders realized that Europeans would pay for their slaves, they actively began kidnapping people just to sell them on the Nigerian coast.

    And speaking of lies about slavery…

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    Abraham Lincoln Was Strongly Opposed to Slavery

    Postage stamp with Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln is often put on a pedestal as one of the greatest opponents of slavery for freeing the slaves with his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. In fact, he struggled with conflicting and ambiguous views on slavery—not to mention sexuality—during his entire Presidential career. He wasn’t a stalwart supporter of abolition; he only wanted to do what would make the Union stronger (remember, this was a time when the Confederate states had split from the Union and were at war).

    In his own words: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union.” This is called talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t really touch on racial equality or human rights. It was a wartime decision: “as a fit and necessary military measure. . . . All persons held as slaves in the Confederate states will thenceforward . . . be free.” In other words: only the enemy’s slaves were freed. Hooray to the great emancipator!

    Let’s face it—if Honest Abe really wanted equality, Martin Luther King probably wouldn’t have a holiday named after him.


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    Diamonds Are Made from Coal


    Diamonds and Coal

    If you believe that diamonds are made from highly compressed coal, don’t worry—so does everyone else. But it’s completely false: diamonds are found in vertical shafts filled with rocks formed by volcanoes, while coal is mainly found among other types of rocks—like limestone and shale.

    Coal is almost never found in the same type of environment as diamonds. Coal is formed near the surface from plant matter, while diamonds are formed in the Earth’s mantle—over ninety miles (145 km) closer to the core—and then carried up to the crust during volcanic eruptions.

    It’s true that diamonds are formed from carbon by intense heat—2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 degrees Celcius)—and high pressure, but it’s unlikely that the carbon comes from coal. So while the idea of a lump of coal becoming a beautiful diamond makes a pretty picture, it’s still one big spoonful of lies.

    On the other hand, modern science can pretty much turn anything into a diamond in the lab: even the corpse of your recently deceased loved one. Aww.

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    The Founding Fathers Were All Christian


    Founding Fathers

    One of the prevailing myths taught in history classes is that the Founding Fathers of America were all Christian. The Declaration of Independence talks about God; the pledge of allegiance (which, incidentally, wasn’t even created until more than a century later) uses the words “under God”; and it all sort of jumbles together into the idea that Washington and crew were Bible-thumping Christian men.

    Well, they weren’t. For starters, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were both believed to be deists, who don’t follow the Bible explicitly but assume there’s a “god” because nature is so great. George Washington most likely followed pantheism, which is the belief that nature is god. John Adams was a Unitarian, an offshoot of Christianity that believes Jesus was a great guy, but not God’s Son. Alexander Hamilton was a typical Christian—but only later in life, after his son was killed.

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    Van Gogh Cut Off His Own Ear


    Van Gogh Self-portrait after sliced ear

    If you ask a random person to describe Vincent van Gogh, they’re more than likely to tell you he cut off his ear and mailed it to his girlfriend. None of that ever happened—but the truth is probably even more gruesome.

    The new theory on van Gogh’s ear is that it was sliced off by his fellow painter Paul Gauguin during a fight. After looking through old records and letters from van Gogh, historian Hans Kaufmann believes that the two painters got into a scuffle, during which van Gogh threw a wine glass at his friend. Gauguin responded by unsheathing his sword—as you do—and sliced off van Gogh’s ear; he then made up the entire story of van Gogh going mad so that he wouldn’t be arrested.

    There was obviously a rash of it going around because the homosexual lovers Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine got into a similar scuffle. In their case Rimbaud stabbed Verlaine in the hand with a fork—under the influence of absinthe—and then proceeded to get a rather painful reprimand in the behind, which landed Verlaine in the clink.

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    Humans Evolved from Apes

    Evolution From Apes

    In this scenario Christians have it right—but not the way they think. Early classes on evolution usually leave one basic impression: humans evolved from apes. Go to a zoo, and you can watch your genetic ancestors frolicking and flinging poop at each other.

    But that’s not the way it happened. After all, evolution works by eliminating the inferior species while the stronger, better-adapted ones thrive. If that had happened then there wouldn’t be any apes left, because we would have outcompeted them. The more likely theory is that humans and the great apes—chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans—started with a common ancestor, and then evolved in separate directions over the years. Specifically: four, eight, and twelve million years ago, respectively.

    And it’s still happening—in the animal kingdom, at least. Researchers believe that less than one million years ago the eastern and western gorillas parted evolutionary ways, and are now developing in different directions.

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    Thanksgiving (All of It)


    The First Thanksgiving

    Here’s the lie: Pilgrims on the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620. Unprepared for the harsh winter, they were saved by the friendly natives, who gave them food and taught them how to plant corn. The following autumn, on their first harvest in the New World, they had a feast to commemorate the hardships they had survived, and Pilgrim and Indian (sorry, Native Americans) joined hands in celebration.

    The real story is a touch more cruel, murderous, and genocidal. Three years before the Pilgrims arrived, European fisherman and settlers had introduced a plague that had swept through the tribes of coastal New England and wiped out nearly ninety-six percent of the entire population. There were reportedly so many bodies that settlers would leave the towns rather than deal with them—only to introduce the bug to the next tribe they encountered. One report from a man named Howard Simpson stated, “Villages lay in ruins because there was no one to tend them. The ground was strewn with the skulls and the bones of thousands of Indians who had died and none was left to bury them.”

    There’s also evidence that the Pilgrims already knew about the plague, and so chose Cape Cod because they knew that the Indians had already been wiped out, leaving cleared lands and corn fields ripe for the taking. Even worse, the Pilgrims would steal food and tools from any Indians left alive, who were too weak to fight back. But the settlers in Virginia were actually eating the Indians, so I guess the Pilgrims weren’t that bad by comparison. Yes, I did say eating them.

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    in before............well...............whatever.

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    I just knew I promise not to cum in your mouth would be in there somewhere. Although that's not really taught "in" schools.

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    Marijuana kills your brain cells should be #1.

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    well OK then

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    Not really talking about of both sides of his mouth on #6. His #1 job was to preserve the Union. That's what his focus was. And perhaps there wouldn't be an MLK day were it not for Booth. Tough to make that guess.

    Interesting stuff nonetheless.
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    another one is "you'll go blind doing that" well I aint' blind yet ****es.
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    Originally Posted by Wailer View Post
    another one is "you'll go blind doing that" well I aint' blind yet ****es.
    Wailer, on a side note who waxes your palms again? I need to get her #.

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    10 Lies Taught To Us In Schools

    Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" is about chicks ****ing.

    Your mind is now blown.

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    10 Lies Taught To Us In Schools

    Originally Posted by AcousticSoup View Post
    Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" is about chicks ****ing.

    Your mind is now blown.
    I hate you.
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    #2 Human-Ape Evolution

    Humans evolved from fish, specifically, from an ancient ancestor to lungfish.
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    Originally Posted by AcousticSoup View Post
    Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" is about chicks ****ing.

    Your mind is now blown.
    Womenz don't mastubate duh.

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    Before the internet and access to good **** a chick was blowing me and told me I had a HUGE **** and it was the biggest she'd ever handled yadda yadda. Few years later widespread **** on the web. SHE WAS A LYING ASS ****.

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    Originally Posted by soonerdm View Post
    Before the internet and access to good **** a chick was blowing me and told me I had a HUGE **** and it was the biggest she'd ever handled yadda yadda. Few years later widespread **** on the web. SHE WAS A LYING ASS ****.
    pretty sure I'd prefer the lie.
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    Originally Posted by The Baconator® View Post
    Womenz don't mastubate duh.
    Well. Not to Cyndi Lauper.

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    Originally Posted by McRib View Post
    Well. Not to Cyndi Lauper.

    I'm pretty sure I did in the late 80's
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    8 Liquid Glass

    I believe this is true. I had a 2000 Ford Windstar mini van this happened to the windshield. The glass was thicker at the bottom and was wavy. It would wreck a set of windshield wipers in about a week.

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    Originally Posted by OUfanINtulsa View Post
    8 Liquid Glass

    I believe this is true. I had a 2000 Ford Windstar mini van this happened to the windshield. The glass was thicker at the bottom and was wavy. It would wreck a set of windshield wipers in about a week.
    Sounds like poor craftsmanship.
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    I'd actually never heard that lie.

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    #11. Women can't get pregnant from anal sex.
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    Originally Posted by OUfanINtulsa View Post
    8 Liquid Glass

    I believe this is true. I had a 2000 Ford Windstar mini van this happened to the windshield. The glass was thicker at the bottom and was wavy. It would wreck a set of windshield wipers in about a week.

    Cheap ass ****ing american built car.

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    The one that is not on there is that "Our Government is a Democracy".

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    Originally Posted by SoonerWalkon View Post
    The one that is not on there is that "Our Government is a Democracy".
    I was never taught that in school.

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    Originally Posted by Wailer View Post
    I just knew I promise not to cum in your mouth would be in there somewhere. Although that's not really taught "in" schools.
    It's right after the check is in the mail.

    Originally Posted by SoonerWalkon View Post
    The one that is not on there is that "Our Government is a Democracy".
    I was never taught that. One of the advantages of going to school before they watered it all down.

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    Not that it really matters but on #1 they say that pretty much every color but blue is refracted and thats why you see blue. If I remember correctly from High school, they color you see is actually the wavelength being refracted.

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    For #6, it is taught in schools that Abe had a slave

    #5--i was never really taught that diamonds come from coal, but that coal could turn into diamonds. which could be accurate.

    #4--i was never taught in school

    #2--I was never taught that we evolved from apes

    #1--i'm not sure how accurate it is

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    10 Lies Taught To Us In Schools

    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    i was never taught in school
    .
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    Originally Posted by KCRuf/Nek View Post



    I was never taught that. One of the advantages of going to school before they watered it all down.
    i'm a lot younger than you and I was never taught that either.

    This article shouldn't be called Lies you were taught in school because most people were not taught these things in school. More like urban myths or just misunderstandings

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    Originally Posted by AcousticSoup View Post
    Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" is about chicks ****ing.

    Your mind is now blown.
    i just went and watched the video. There is a sign that says masterbingo

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    Originally Posted by The Baconator® View Post
    Cheap ass ****ing american built car.
    Please. Tell us of the Canadian automobiles we should be driving instead.
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    1) My childhood was wasted.

    that is to say, misspent, not that I was, you know, wasted.

    2) I thought everyone knew the Cyndi Lauper thing.

    3) It's a democratic republic.

    4) Your eyes will NOT get frozen in place if you cross them repeatedly.

    5) duck quacks echo.
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    Ben Franklin

    "Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

    “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    Here's what Franklin thought of a democracy(which was pretty much shared by most of the founding fathers)

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    Originally Posted by Oldnslo View Post
    1) My childhood was wasted.

    that is to say, misspent, not that I was, you know, wasted.

    2) I thought everyone knew the Cyndi Lauper thing.

    3) It's a democratic republic.

    4) Your eyes will NOT get frozen in place if you cross them repeatedly.

    5) duck quacks echo.
    I seriously had no idea about the Cyndi Lauper thing. My mom bought me the record - Im sure she didn't know either. That said, I'm going to go get it from her house, then go home & **** to it.
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    Originally Posted by McRib View Post
    I seriously had no idea about the Cyndi Lauper thing. My mom bought me the record - Im sure she didn't know either. That said, I'm going to go get it from her house, then go home & **** to it.
    Pics, or it didn't happen.
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    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    Not that it really matters but on #1 they say that pretty much every color but blue is refracted and thats why you see blue. If I remember correctly from High school, they color you see is actually the wavelength being refracted.
    Its "reflected" but you are right otherwise. The colors we see are ones that are absorbed, not reflected, from the objects around us. Grass is green because it absorbs all other colors and reflects green.

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    Originally Posted by SoonerLibertarian View Post

    Here's what Franklin thought of a democracy(which was pretty much shared by most of the founding fathers)

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
    Myth.

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    Re: Lincoln. It is true he was thoroughly indifferent towards slavery when he was elected and when the Civil War began. But by the time he was assassinated, he became more convinced of the morality of abolition and the grand cosmic cause ordained by God to free the slaves. It tended to build after the death of his son, and correlated to his newfound faith formed from the loss of his son as well as the dark days of the Civil War.

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    Originally Posted by Master Pandemonium View Post
    Re: Lincoln. It is true he was thoroughly indifferent towards slavery when he was elected and when the Civil War began. But by the time he was assassinated, he became more convinced of the morality of abolition and the grand cosmic cause ordained by God to free the slaves. It tended to build after the death of his son, and correlated to his newfound faith formed from the loss of his son as well as the dark days of the Civil War.
    I think thoroughly indifferent is inaccurate. Look at his actions prior to the Presidency. Wikipedia has a decent page on some of his stuff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham...ln_and_slavery

    This is prior to his election: On October 16, 1854, in his "Peoria Speech", Lincoln declared his opposition to slavery, which he repeated en route to the presidency.[13] Speaking in his Kentucky accent, with a very powerful voice,[14] he said the Kansas Act had a "declared indifference, but as I must think, a covert real zeal for the spread of slavery. I cannot but hate it. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world..."

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    I'm surprised the myth that the people of Christopher Columbus' time thought the Earth was flat didn't make the list.

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    Originally Posted by 87sooner View Post
    No.... We evolved from fish

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111004180106.htm

    http://mobile.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13278255

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    We probably evolved from a single celled organism similar to an ameoba.

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    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    Not that it really matters but on #1 they say that pretty much every color but blue is refracted and thats why you see blue. If I remember correctly from High school, they color you see is actually the wavelength being refracted.
    They are correct. Refraction is the change in direction of a wave (in this case, visible light) as it crosses the boundary of dissimilar media. It continues on into the 2nd media, but at a different direction from which it entered. Reflection is the portion of the light that does not pass the boundary of the media, but returns back into the source media.

    So, the blue color is the portion of the white light that was reflected towards your eyeballs, while the remainder of the colors in the spectrum are refracted into the skin.

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    Originally Posted by ResidentEvil View Post
    Its "reflected" but you are right otherwise. The colors we see are ones that are absorbed, not reflected, from the objects around us. Grass is green because it absorbs all other colors and reflects green.
    You just contradicted yourself. See bolded text above.

    The color that we perceive objects to have is the color that is being reflected into our eyeballs.

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    Originally Posted by SoonerLibertarian View Post
    We probably evolved from a single celled organism similar to an ameoba.
    All life evolved from single called organisms called Prokaryotes, but as oxygen became readily available, some were able to evolve into multicellular Eukaryotes capable of more complex metabolism and higher life functions. At that point, the phylogenetic tree began to branch off and diversify. The lung fish was the first vertebrate that was able to breathe oxygen from the air, and had fins modified to provide locomotion on land.

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    If it all started from a big bang, how did anything survive. an explosion that size would have left no oxygen

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    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    If it all started from a big bang, how did anything survive. an explosion that size would have left no oxygen
    Somebody just wriggled their nose and stuff appeared.

    There ya go.

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    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    If it all started from a big bang, how did anything survive. an explosion that size would have left no oxygen
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=origin-of-oxygen-in-atmosphere

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    Originally Posted by thurman murman View Post
    I'm surprised the myth that the people of Christopher Columbus' time thought the Earth was flat didn't make the list.
    That's a good one to mention. There's a good book on that I read some years ago, wish I remember some of the premises from it, Inventing the Flat Earth

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    Originally Posted by oucub23 View Post
    I think thoroughly indifferent is inaccurate. Look at his actions prior to the Presidency. Wikipedia has a decent page on some of his stuff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham...ln_and_slavery

    This is prior to his election: On October 16, 1854, in his "Peoria Speech", Lincoln declared his opposition to slavery, which he repeated en route to the presidency.[13] Speaking in his Kentucky accent, with a very powerful voice,[14] he said the Kansas Act had a "declared indifference, but as I must think, a covert real zeal for the spread of slavery. I cannot but hate it. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world..."
    Thoroughly indifferent is a poor choice of words. I meant more in line of, regardless of his personal views on slavery, he was not as motivated to make it a national priority, national cause, and a moral crusade, until well into the Civil War
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