Top 10 Widely Believed Animal Facts That Are Completely Wrong


Animals have fired our imagination like nothing
else. We love hearing facts about them and spreading
them around, an activity that has become altogether more easy since the arrival of the Internet. The problem is, some of those so-called facts
aren’t really facts at all – they are myths, misconceptions, misunderstandings … whatever
you want to call them. And since the animals themselves don’t seem
in a particular rush to correct us, maybe it’s up to us to sort the fact from the
fiction. 10. Bees Always Die After They Sting You Bees: good. Wasps: bad. It’s a view that many of us share. We convince ourselves that wasps are mean
and vicious insects that like nothing better than to ruin our picnics and sting us on a
whim. On the other hand, we consider bees to be
friendly, hard-working members of society that make honey for our culinary pleasure
and only ever sting us if we really annoy them because, hey, they’ll die if they do
that. Right? Well, it depends what bee decides to sting
you. If we are talking about your average, everyday
honeybee, then it will (probably) die if you provoke it into stinging you. This is because they have barbs on their stingers
that become lodged in an animal’s skin so, in trying to pull free, the bee tears away
not only its stinger but also its venom sac and part of its digestive tract, muscles and
nerves. In essence, the bee rips itself apart. Most other bees – bumblebees included – can
quite happily sting more than once, however, because they have smooth stingers that don’t
get caught in an animal’s skin. Oh, but even the honeybee rule isn’t completely
watertight. The queen honeybee also has a smooth stinger
so she can use it as much as her sadistic little mind feels like it. 9. Dolly Was the First Cloned Mammal When we think of cloning, we automatically
think of Dolly the sheep, who achieved celebrity status in 1997. However, cloning had been going on for quite
a while before her birth. Indeed, the first animal successfully cloned
– a tadpole – occurred way back in 1952. Nor does Dolly have the distinction of being
the first cloned mammal. In 1995, a year before Dolly was born, five
sheep were cloned at the same institute and two of them, Megan and Morag, even survived
to adulthood. The difference between them and Dolly was
that they were created using cultured cells that derived from a nine-day-old embryo, whereas
Dolly originated from the cells of an adult animal. It was their creation that signified the technical
breakthrough that made Dolly possible just a few months later, but unlike the cloned
animals to follow, Megan and Morag sadly didn’t make many headlines when they were born. 8. There are Hundreds of Poisonous Snakes in
the World The mistake people make here is that they
assume “poisonous” and “venomous” mean the same thing, but they don’t. Venom is a toxin that is injected into an
animal by means of a sting or bite, whilst poison is ingested or inhaled. As such, a venomous snake and a poisonous
snake are not one and the same. Whilst there are around 600 types of venomous
snakes, there are only two species of poisonous snake in the world, both of which are toxic
to eat. The Japanese grass snake is one of them. It acquires its poison by eating toxic toads,
storing the poison in glands in the snake’s neck. This means that anything that decides to bite
the snake’s neck (a common place for a predator to strike) will get a mouthful of poison. The other species is a type of garter snake
from Oregon, which eats poisonous orange-bellied rough-skinned newts and once again sequesters
the poison for its own use. 7. All Frogs Go “Ribbit” You can blame Hollywood for this one. Each species of frog has its own particular
and unique call, so that means only one will go “ribbit.” The species in question is the Pacific tree
frog, found commonly along the west coast of North America … including Hollywood. It was recorded locally and plastered all
over hundreds of movies for years, supposedly to enhance the atmosphere of wild, remote
locations. Too bad the majority of those locales – ranging
from the jungles of Vietnam to the Florida Everglades – simply aren’t home to the
ribbit frog. Other species of frogs, meanwhile, make a
variety of different noises, such as barks, grunts, trills, clucks, whistles and growls. 6. Earwigs Crawl into Your Ear (and Burrow into
Your Brain) Don’t lose any sleep over this. Earwigs don’t crawl into people’s ears
any more than other insects do (which, for those who are suddenly worried, is not very
often at all,) and they certainly never burrow into your brain. But if that’s the case, how did earwigs
get their name? One theory is that the pincers on the rear
end of the insect – called cerci – resemble the tools used for piercing ears. Another is that the insect’s original name
was “ear wing” – a reference to the ear-like shape of its hind wings – but no
one knows for sure. No matter the origin, though, many people
through the centuries have believed the old wives tale about earwigs having an unusual
attraction towards human ears. One person who certainly thought it was true
was famous Greek philosopher Pliny the Elder, who decided that the recommended way of removing
one from your ear was to spit into the opposite one until the earwig was forced out. 5. You are Never More Than 6 Feet from a Rat There are two main reasons to dislike a rat. One is that they are a huge ecological pest,
driving defenseless and native animal species to extinction, particularly flightless birds. But that probably isn’t keeping you up at
night. The second reason – and the one that just
might cause a lot more worry – is that rats are filthy, disease-ridden animals living
just beneath our feet. Well, as it happens, they probably aren’t. The National Rodent Survey estimates that
we are usually at least 70 feet away from our nearest rats, and possibly up to 164 feet. They are surprisingly clean animals and, while
it isn’t recommended for you to find a wild rat and put it in your mouth, they carry no
more diseases than any other wild mammal. And the brown rat never even carried the bubonic
plague. The culprit was its cousin, the black rat,
which has now paid for its (admittedly unknowing) role in the spread of the disease. It is today extremely rare in the British
Isles, with only a few scattered populations on remote islands or major cities. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the black rat has
failed to make an appearance on any “endangered” lists. Grudges, it seems, die hard. 4. The Buffalo was Nearly Hunted to Extinction
in North America The buffalo couldn’t have been nearly hunted
to extinction in North America, because it has never lived in North America. The animal in question is the American bison,
which is only distantly related to the buffalo. You’d have to travel to Africa or Asia to
see a real buffalo. So where does the confusion stem from? The word “buffalo” is of Portuguese origin
(stemming from the Latin bubalus, or “wild ox”) and was applied to the water buffalo
of Asia, which was introduced to the Mediterranean over a thousand years ago. It was later wrongly applied to the bison
when Europeans first traveled to North America. The word “bison,” which was only used
much later in 1774, also means “wild ox” in Latin. And if you are still unconvinced, the animal’s
scientific name – Bison bison – should leave you with no doubt. 3. Cow Farts Release a Ton of Methane Gas Ah, the cow. If there’s one animal that can rival a car
in releasing unpleasant pollutants into the atmosphere, it’s this one. But the methane isn’t primarily coming from
overly-flatulent individuals – in fact, 95% of it is coming from burps. That’s right, we’ve been blaming the wrong
end for years. The methane expelled from cows in this way
is responsible for a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and 4% of the emissions worldwide. In fact, livestock farming creates a staggering
18% of these greenhouse gases, which is far more than all the cars and other forms of
transport on the planet. Work is currently underway to make a methane-reducing
pill, called a bolus, which will dissolve inside a cow over several months. 2. Cockroaches Would be the Main Survivors Following
a Nuclear War Cockroaches are tough animals, make no mistake
about it. They can remain submerged in water for about
a day and can live without their heads for a week – but they would actually be one
of the first insects to die in a nuclear fallout. Humans die at exposure to around 1,000 rads. Cockroaches, which only die at 20,000 rads,
seem like mighty survivors, but this is nothing compared to some other insects, particularly
certain species of parasitic wasp (Habrobracon, we’re looking at you), which can withstand
a staggering 180,000 rads. 1. Brontosaurus was a Huge Long-Necked Dinosaur As a rule, dinosaurs have long, complicated,
hard-to-pronounce names. As children, we learn a few of them – Tyrannosaurus,
Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, etc. – and they remain with us throughout our lives. They are the “high profile” dinosaurs,
the famous extinct creatures we are most likely to encounter in films and other media. Well, we’ve got terrible news. Never mind extinct; the Brontosaurus never
even existed in the first place. It all started during the “dinosaur wars”
of the late nineteenth century, where fossil hunters competed across North America to be
the first to find and name new dinosaurs. It was a frantic race and so it’s not too
surprising that a few things slipped through the net. In 1877, Othniel Charles Marsh discovered
a large long-necked sauropod dinosaur, which he named Apatosaurus. It was a missing a head but that was fine
– he just placed the head of a similar dinosaur on top to complete it. Two years later, Marsh discovered the skeleton
of what he perceived to be a another long-necked dinosaur, this time more complete, and named
it Brontosaurus (‘thunder lizard’). Perhaps in his eagerness to name the dinosaur
before someone else got the credit, Marsh didn’t realize that Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus
were, in fact, one and the same. Even as early as 1903, scientists discovered
the mistake. Since Apatosaurus came first, that is the
animal’s official name. Brontosaurus is now scientifically obsolete,
yet ironically it’s the name that is better known to the public. Perhaps that’s because it was the first-ever
mounted display of a sauropod skeleton. Or maybe it’s just
a much better name.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Widely Believed Animal Facts That Are Completely Wrong

  1. This whole thing about Cows…"Livestock" producing so much "Greenhouse Gases" is simply a cover to stop the slaughter and consumption of them!

  2. And just so people know…wild rats and domesticated rats are not the same at all. A domesticated rat cannot survive in the wild…it doesn't have the instincts, so it would die.

  3. Sorry Simon, but you're wrong about the Brontosaurus. It was said to have not existed by scientists around 2012, then 2015 new evidence came out that it did after all exist. So Brontos have their "Having lived" status back…you're about 5 years behind the times…also, having watched the whole thing, it was also noted in 2015, that no, Bronts and Apatos are NOT the same dino. They are a similar genus, but seperate species.

  4. I thought the watch went extinct with the invention of the cell phone. Do people still buy beepers, PDAs and GPS systems?

  5. Hard to believe that no one did a fact check on the Brontosaurus. It's been known for the last five years that it's not an Apatosaurus.

  6. Rats invade people's homes and urinate and defecate in our stored food. THAT is why people hate them. If they didn't try to be close to people and just lived in the woods we wouldn't care abut them.

  7. Earwigs may not burrow into your brain, but this past summer one crawled into the connections my central air conditioning unit and prevented it from working. It took me 3 hours replacing parts before I saw those damn Pinchers sticking out from the relay switch. Unfortunately for my wife and daughter, I'm a truck driver and they suffered through the two hottest weeks of the summer with no air conditioning. All because of a damn earwig!

  8. Fun Fact!
    The American Bison is also called Buffalo. Especially in the northern Midwest where they are now very common and even used as a source of protein. Therefore making that statement correct.

  9. fun fact: old fossil discoverers used to mix up the bones of dinosaur fossils (it's the inspiration for the gen 8 fossil pokemon, those poor, hilariously awful monstrosities)

  10. Brontosaurus is now considered to be a separate species, and so once again exists. Much like how Pluto will be recognized as a planet once more by astronomers who know what they are doing.

  11. I've never heard a cow fart, horses on the other hand, jeez, they're proper loud & proud creatures, and never be downwind of them, they'll knock you for six!!! :S

  12. How did I not know that those Gartner snakes in my state can be poisonous? Ugh.
    Also there are frogs here that when they “ribbit” it actually sounds like a cat vomiting.

  13. As someone who works in conservation in Namibia I was very disappointed with this list. There are many animal myths that are very prominent and very harmful to animals I work with. While many of your myths are just vocabulary errors (we all know what someone means when they say a snake is poisonous) or slight exaggerations etc. How about you burst some true animal myths and help save some important animals:
    For example: Vultures spread diseases (they actually prevent diseases such as anthrax and hepatitis)
    African Wild dogs are just wild dogs (they're in fact completely separate animals as dogs descended from wolves)
    Pangolin scales and rhino horns have pharmaceutical properties
    Cheetahs are dangerous to humans
    Orcas are not dolphins but whales (they are technically whales but so are all dolphins and are no more whales than bottle-nosed)

  14. I really enjoy your vids Mr.Simon!! Fun, informative and nice to the ears when relaxing! I've learned a lot! Thx again and keep up the excellent work!! cheers

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  17. Thanks for standing up for rats. I've been keeping them as pets my whole life, and it's really not true that they're "dirty" – they groom as much as a cat, and only poop in one corner of the cage. If you see a wild rat in the street looking all sick and greasy, it's because sick rats are kicked out of the colony and stop taking care of themselves. The healthy ones stay out of sight.

  18. We have Buffalo here in Alberta, Canada. "Buffalo are mammals from the cattle family. … It is often split into two subspecies, the Wood Bison and Plains Bison. There are approximately 2,200 Plains Bison and 10,000 Woods Bison in Canada, including free-range and captive herds."

  19. Great video Simon as always. As a young fella I had what grew into a huge straight caramel pet rat I named Fred. We went everywhere together and honestly he was one of my cleanest and most loveable pets. Can tell you lab rats do make great pets (just don’t handle them with food on your hands as they do bite) and are great for people who have pet hair allergies as they don’t cause a reaction.

  20. Interesting how any different words the english language has to differ things. Don't mistake venomous for poisonous – in German we only have one word for that. Like monkey and apes aren't the same well they are to me we only have one word 😂

  21. Rats usually live in the sewers, so for sure putting a rat in your mouth isn't the same as any other wild animal…

  22. The frog bit reminded me about how unsexy a bald eagle sounds so when we hear them in movies its usually the sound of a hawk

  23. You blew it with number 1. They've been classified as being separate from Apato for about 5 years now. There are a number of differences between the them and Apatos. You really should have checked up on facts about this before making that obvious mistake.

  24. Better not promote facts regarding Bison to virtue signaling BS artist… they've invested heavily to influence the masses that the Blue Eyed Devil hunted them out of existence; a compounding myth.

  25. Seriously? We all know frogs say four things. Alphabetically they are;
    "Bud", "Er", "Ribbit", and "Wies"
    🐸🍺🐸🍺🐸🍺🐸🍺

    Bonus
    "There's no silence in the night." I learned that watching Red Skelton. Anyone else here remember it?

  26. Sir, I love the story about rats (or is that rat-o-saur). And thank you to the advertisers for respectfully finding the right moment to take a break. (That's for those of us who can't afford to buy time).

  27. I've seen several comments pointing out that Alberta doesn't have (wild) rats. Having lived here since 1970 I can verify this is true. But do you wanna know what's even better?

    No sharks either! 😀

    I love this place.

  28. "I've long believed that this thing, The Internet, will be largely responsible for more instances of, and greater aggravations against the truth, than any other media we've known." – Abraham Lincoln 1732.

  29. Your last entry is outdated. Brontosaurus was recognized as an actual species of sauropod dinosaur distinct from Apatosaurus a few years ago.

  30. I've got even worse news for your writer. #1 is itself wrong. Brontosaurus type specimen is indeed a different species from apatosaurus.

  31. The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have on occasion been confused at a crime scene.

    Slugs have four noses.

    Elephants are the only animal that can't jump.

  32. It is possible to hypnotize a frog by placing it on its back and gently stroking its stomach.

    It takes a sloth two weeks to digest its food.

    Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
    A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.

  33. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Around 50 percent of orangutans have fractured bones, due to falling out of trees on a regular basis.

  34. First, Christopher Columbus wasn't the first European to discover the Americas, then Pluto is no longer a planet and now Brontosaurus isn't even real. Now I'm not even sure how much of my education is even accurate anymore. lol

  35. Brontosaurus is a genus of gigantic quadruped sauropoddinosaurs. Although the type species, B. excelsus, had long been considered a species of the closely related Apatosaurus, researchers proposed in 2015 that Brontosaurus is a genus separate from Apatosaurus and that it contains three species: B. excelsus, B. yahnahpin, and B. parvus. Brontosaurus had a long, thin neck and a small head adapted for a herbivorous lifestyle; a bulky, heavy torso; and a long, whip-like tail. The various species lived during the Late Jurassic epoch in the Morrison Formation of what is now North America, and were extinct by the end of the Jurassic.

  36. Long ago we put out roach motels in our apartment, and one roach lived a couple weeks with his head stuck down in the glue. I also noticed that if an ant gets into the microwave, my food will get hot, but the ant is apparently not affected at all.

  37. I saw an animated documentary where the frog's song was "Hello My Baby" I believe it was indigenous to New York maybe Chicago.

  38. Screw bees and wasps, yellow jackets are aggressive af . I once accidentally disturbed a nest, and those little bastards literally FOLLOWED ME for several hundred feet, and stung me repeatedly.

  39. WASPS ARE EVIL!!! and if I am stung by one, it's a huge bill for the ambulance to rush me to the ER. Bees, oddly, I'm fine with. WASPS, forget it.

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