11 Common Myths You Thought Were True

10/12/2011 09:55 am ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

While Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" has seen to it that we no longer believe in goldfish with three-second memory spans or life-threatening quicksand à la "Tarzan," bar-room discussions are still filled with false facts and improbable ideas.

To bolster your conversation, not to mention your "Jeopardy" skills, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson have compiled "The Second Book of General Ignorance," a comprehensive collection of refuted general knowledge.

Here are 11 facts from the book that you'll be surprised you didn't know:

Reprinted from The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong Copyright (c) 2011 by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson. Published by the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

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