I like to have these from time to time.
When I first became a Doper (2000 or so- I wasn’t Sampiro then) I referenced the death of Charles Drew in a thread- the African-American hemotologist who famously bled to death from an accident because the hospitals would not admit a black man- and was quickly informed that in spite of the fact that this story had been repeated in textbooks and propaganda and even a MAS*H episode this wasn’t true. He was fatally injured in a car crash and was taken as soon as the ambulance arrived to the nearest hospital but died of his injuries. (An almost i-dentical legend not only persists about Bessie Smith but was repeated by her sister [also a blues singer] and inspired an Edward Albee play, when again Smith died of her injuries in spite of receiving medical care immediately [a doctor came along the same road immediately after the accident], the nearest hospital was in fact a black hospital, but her injuries were just too severe.)
While it can be moderately embarassing to be corrected from something you know to be true it’s more embarassing to keep repeating it, so the Charles Drew correction was actually one reason I joined the Dope. I actually prefer to be disabused of such ‘knowledge’ rather than keep repeating it, so I like to open one of these threads once in a while. What’s some factual information that goes around that is, in fact, craptual?
Note: this isn’t for things that are debatable, such as Reaganomics worked/didn’t work or (from a current thread) the South Constitutionally had the right/did not have the right to secede", but clearcut factual errors (e.g. “Charles Drew died from racist medical segregation” or such oldies but goodies as “according to physics hummingbirds/bumblebees can’t fly”, “Columbus proved the earth was round”).