You’ve all read Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, right? Well I have their desk calendar (and the books, for that matter). But a lot of their little “fast facts” on the bottom of the page are wrong! For example, today’s “fast fact” was:
“Goldfish have a memory span of three seconds.”
A few monthes ago I actually opened a thread about this, and we came to the conclusion that that statement is false. That thread is now lost forever though, due to the crash.
This wasn’t the first time I came across things that were just wrong. I think they once said “Ring around the rosie” was about the plague, and that gum stays in your stomach for seven years. Both of which are false.
So I’ll leave you all with one bit of advice: There is no substitute for The Straight Dope.