12 Half-Truths We Live With
Say it isn't so. Various news organizations have recently reported that on occasion the Subway sandwich chain's $5 foot-long measures 11 inches instead of 12. Sure enough, the bacon, lettuce and tomato jewel we bought Friday was at least a half-inch shy of a foot.
But it was delicious. And Subway did explain in a CNN report that methods of baking the bread can cause a slight size differential.
Perhaps the point is, things are not always exactly what they seem and perhaps more precisely, we already know that.
Our Facebook friends are not necessarily our friends. Catfish are not just for outdoor-types anymore. A barista may not really care whether we have a nice day or not.
Some deceptions are more serious than others, of course. Ask all of those affected by the strange and strained stories of Lance Armstrong or Manti Te'o.
Here is a list of 12 more misleading notions we accept in everyday life:
1) A two-by-four at a retail lumberyard is not 2" x 4 ".
2) Peanuts are not really nuts, but legumes.
3) A hydrogen bond is not a true bond, but a magnetic coupling.
4) The American buffalo is not a buffalo, but a bison.
5) A koala bear is not a bear, it's a marsupial.
6) A starfish isn't a fish, it's an echinoderm.
7) A palm tree is not a tree, but a form of grass
8) A penny is worth more than a penny, costing more than two cents to make.
9) "Swollen glands" are not actually glands, they are a series of lymph nodes.
10) Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it's a hormone.
11) Pink is not a color.