René Descartes Slept in an Oven Myth

René Descartes didn’t sleep in an oven, but he did invent analytical geometry while sleeping in a room with an oven (likely a masonry heater).

Mount Everest is the Tallest Mountain Myth

Mount Everest has the highest elevation above sea level, the tallest mountain is Mauna Kea from the ocean floor, and Chimborazo is highest from earth’s center (due to Earth’s shape).

The Term Malaria Means “Bad Air” Fact

The term malaria comes from two medieval Italian words “mal” and “aria,” which when put together mean “bad air.” This came about before we understood that the disease was passed from a parasite carried by misquotes who lived in the wet ground, and not through “the bad air of swamps”.

George Washington Had Wooden Teeth Myth

George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth, but he did have dentures (made of materials such as ivory) that may have appeared “wooden” from staining.

Malaria Killed Half the People Who Have Ever Lived Myth

Malaria would have needed to kill an average of about 5 ½ million a year to kill half of everyone ever, we don’t have data to prove this. However, we know almost half the world’s population is at risk of Malaria and it kills up to a million a year today.