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5 Myths about the World and Where They’re From

Throughout human history, our society has been filled with myths – stories that tell us about the magical things in the world and how they came to be. Some of these myths are based on historical events, while others are rooted in religion or folklore.

The sun revolves around the earth

There is a huge misconception that the earth revolves around the sun. In reality, the sun is not even close to being the center of the universe. The earth moves around it, along with other planets and stars. Scientists have discovered this and are now teaching about it in schools. For centuries scientists and philosophers have debated whether the sun revolves around the earth or if it is vice versa. The first mention of this theory though was in 150 AD by Claudius Ptolemy. It was not until Copernicus that we were able to prove that the earth revolves around the sun, not vice versa. Still after all this time, there are many that still believe that the sun revolves around the earth.

Australia is only a continent

Australia is classified as a country, not as a continent. It’s the smallest continent out of the seven and is surrounded by water on all sides. The landmass goes about 2.9 million square kilometers. Many people believe that Australia is only a continent – which is not true. Australia is actually a country and also a continent. It’s located in the continent of Oceania and is the smallest continent by population, but it’s the sixth-largest country in the world. Australia is located in the southern hemisphere and is made up of six states: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia . The country is over 5,000 kilometers long. Australia is famous for its Great Barrier Reef, vast deserts and urban cities like Sydney.

Eskimos have a hundred words for snow

Scientists have examined the Inuit language and found that the number of words for snow are not as high as is believed. This myth was created by a story written by anthropologist, Franz Boas. He talked with an Inuit person in Labrador, Canada and knew little about their language. When he translated the word “snow” he used a French word meaning “a frozen mass of water and ice.” The Inuit person didn’t understand what he meant and responded with a much more detailed answer than Boas had anticipated which led to confusion. The Inuit tongue has a limited number of words for snow but it is not as limited as many people believe. The Inuit language is an Eskimo-Aleut language that falls under the Eskimo branch of the Aleut language family. There are many people who are considered Eskimo speakers, for example, there are quite a few Inuit and Yupik communities in Alaska, Canada and Greenland . Each of the words used to describe snow is a noun, but there are also many verbs and adjectives used with the nouns. The Inuit language is rich in words that relate to the sea and ice but for some reason, this has not been conveyed to outsiders.

Alligators live in New York City sewers

In the early 20th century, rumors circulated that alligators were living in New York City sewers. Hunters were sent out and they captured an animal thought to be an alligator despite eyewitnesses saying it was just a large catfish. This myth is fairly new and began in 1898 when the movie “Alligators in New York Sewers” was released. It’s a comedy about an alligator-hunting detective, who finds himself in the sewers of New York trying to get rid of the creatures. This film is based on a story from 1865 where alligators were found near Central Park and killed. I’m sorry to tell you that this is not true. Alligators are found in wetland areas and they are not native to New York City. There have been sightings of alligators in the sewers of other cities, but never New York City. This myth was inspired by an episode of Scooby-Doo that aired in the late 1970s. The story is about a monster living in the sewers who resembles and sounds like an alligator. Many people have believed this myth to be true because it’s been circulating for over four decades now.

How Myths should be approached?

Though many myths have been debunked, there are still some that persist due to their cultural significance or the lack of information. It’s important to understand that how you approach a myth depends on your school of thought. There is no way to know which ones are true or not. It is best to approach them with a sense of curiosity, be skeptical, and find out for oneself. However, you should be cautioned that some myths are dangerous and should be approached with care. There are myths that lead to death and though these are rare, it is best to find out for yourself.

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