Newsflash: Everything you've ever known is a total lie.
OK, maybe not everything.
But there are a number of "facts" that you've probably repeated to other people that are actually incorrect. And because everyone loves a pedant, I've decided to share them with you here.
Lie No. 1: Twinkies never expire.
In fact, they do.
They have a shelf life of about 45 days but are typically only on store shelves for 7–10 days.
Here’s hoping you weren’t storing up a bunch of them to chow down on during the apocalypse!
Lie No. 2: A shot of espresso has more caffeine than a cup coffee.
Ounce for ounce, espresso does have more caffeine than coffee — but a cup of coffee is much than an ounce. Even though the concentration of caffeine is higher in espresso, the higher volume of a standard cup of coffee results in its having more of that sweet, sweet drug.
So if you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, your best bet is to get a cup of coffee.
Or several shots of espresso.
Lie No. 3: Fortune cookies are from China.
Actually, the fortune cookie that you encounter at most Chinese restaurants in the U.S. was invented in Japan and brought to the U.S. by the Japanese.
They’re quite uncommon in China and are considered a symbol of American cuisine. Go figure, right?
Lie No. 4: The people accused of being witches during the Salem witch trials were burned at the stake.
We all seem to have this collective assumption that the “witches” in Salem were burned at the stake.
In reality, that’s not what happened. About 15 of the accused died in prison, 19 were hanged, and one was pressed to death with heavy rocks.