Top 13 misconceptions about known places, we are always wrong

We have seen or heard a lot of false things about different places on the planet, so we ended up believing it. There are well-known places about which we have preconceived ideas which are, as their name suggests, completely false. It is now time to restore the truth, even if it means making a few enemies among the people who prefer that we all remain ignorant…….. follow my gaze…. the government and corrupt….. they manipulate us….

1. Because of Hollywood, New York is believed to have a lot of dark alleys with fire escapes on the sides.

When in fact, almost all the movie scenes that show this type of alley are shot in the same place: in Cordlandt Alley, which is one of the only ones of its kind in the city (when it’s not simply shot in an alley reconstructed in the studio). It is very misleading.

2. Everest is not the tallest mountain on Earth.

It is the one that rises the highest above the sea, but if you calculate the whole mount from the base to the top, Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the highest. It culminates at 4207 meters, but if we take into account its submerged part, this volcano is taller than Everest.

3. Venice really isn’t just about its canals

It’s actually just a very small part of the city, old Venice. The rest is much more extensive and looks like most European cities (without water everywhere).

4. No, winters in Canada are not necessarily harsh

If we are talking about Montreal or Winnipeg, of course, it is very cold in winter. But in Vancouver or Victoria, the winters are relatively mild. It’s a bit like saying that winters in France are harsh based only on Alsace and its quasi-continental climate (sorry Alsatians, it’s really too cold where you are in winter).

5. The Chernobyl power plant did not close after the 1986 disaster

It is believed that everything was drained after the explosion of Reactor 4, but this is only partly true. The population was indeed evacuated, but the other reactors continued to operate until 2000. It is estimated that 9000 people continued to work there, more or less protected by the sarcophagus which had been built to contain the radioactivity of the reactor exploded.

6. The Grand Canyon is not the largest canyon on Earth

It is the Tsangpo Canyon in Tibet that is truly the largest canyon, both deeper and wider than its American pal. And oddly we never talk about him, poor thing.

7. Alcatraz prison’s bad reputation is a Hollywood invention.

Inmates from other federal prisons often asked to be transferred to Alcatraz, which was actually known to offer rather good prison conditions. Afterwards, we don’t say that it was paradise either, huh.

8. Roswell is not the place with the most UFOs.

Vermont actually has the most UFO sightings. We see about 80 UFOs there for 100,000 inhabitants (they surely take a lot of drugs, let’s not judge them too quickly).

9. English is not as common as you think in India

In fact, only about 12% of India’s population speaks English, which is mostly learned in good schools. Hindi is by far the most spoken language in the country, but it has many dialects so hang in there if you plan to practice it there.

10. You can’t see the Great Wall of China from the Moon

Well ok this cliché is more and more often dismantled (and that’s good), but everyone does not yet know that it is false. It seems that it was President Nixon who started the rumor in 1972 when he wanted to ingratiate himself with the Chinese and thus appease diplomatic relations between the two countries.

11. In Paris, line 13 is not the most disrupted metro line

No, she’s only… third (okay, that’s okay). Line 4 is the most affected, mainly due to passenger incidents. It does not have a much better reputation than line 13.

12. Brittany is not the place where it rains the most in France

In fact, it is in the Basque Country that there is the most precipitation over a year. Afterwards, we won’t lie to you either, it rains more often in Brest than in the Basque Country, but it rains less in terms of quantity.

13. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not leaning

It’s the Earth that is leaning under the Tower of Pisa (ok that’s wrong, we can’t really hide anything from you).

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