Myths are commonly held beliefs or ideas that are false. For a claim to be considered a myth one or more parts of it must be proved false.

Below is a collection of all factoids rated “myth” by our authors.  If you disagree or have more evidence to support a claim consider commenting. See our list of facts here. Learn more about what is a myth?


A Synthesizer Always Has a Keyboard Myth

A synthesizer is an instrument that uses electronics to produce sound. Sounds produced by a synthesizer are commonly triggered by a keyboard, but not always.

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).

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.