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Fraser
2017-Feb-28, 10:10 PM
While the Great Wall of China is not readily visible from space (we debunked that popular myth here) there are several other human-built structures that actually can be seen from space. And that list is growing, thanks to the large solar farms being built around the world. The solar farm with the current distinction of […]
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BigDon
2017-Feb-28, 10:26 PM
The great wall isn't visible from 53 miles up?

My world is suddenly overturned.

KaiYeves
2017-Feb-28, 11:50 PM
The great wall isn't visible from 53 miles up?

My world is suddenly overturned.

Blame Robert Ripley, he popularized this misconception-- in the flipping 1930s! On the one hand, before space travel there was no way for the people asserting this "fact" to know that it was untrue, but on the other-- if there's no way to know if something is really possible, shouldn't you hedge your bets and say "maybe", "might be", or even "probably"? http://www.cbr.com/comic-book-legends-revealed-308/

BigDon
2017-Mar-01, 12:09 AM
Miss Kai, I was reading Ripley's Believe It Or Not when it was still being published. Mind you I was little. :)

Does this mean "Big Mouth" the man who could fit five large peaches in his mouth at the same time didn't exist either?

KaiYeves
2017-Mar-01, 01:06 AM
Miss Kai, I was reading Ripley's Believe It Or Not when it was still being published. Mind you I was little. :)

Does this mean "Big Mouth" the man who could fit five large peaches in his mouth at the same time didn't exist either?

The comics are still published today, at least on the Ripley's Entertainment website, they just have new artists. The company itself puts out books of "Weird Facts" all the time, but illustrated with photos instead of drawings (the books were at every Elementary School book fair and we would try to prove we were brave by seeing how many pages we could read before getting grossed out by something gruesome.)

All of the facts Mr. Ripley published supposedly had a source-- a book or newspaper article asserting that they were true, but there was no guarantee that source was itself correct, and in some cases, like the Great Wall of China myth, scientific advances have revealed that the early 20th century consensus about something was wrong.