At one point or another, your mother probably told you to put a hat on in the winter, since heat escapes through your head. You probably also believe that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, and that if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it forever. By a certain point, these “facts” are drilled so far into our brains that we believe them without question.
But I have some bad news for you, folks. Most of these facts are actually fiction…read on…
1Mount Everest is not, in fact, the tallest mountain in the world.
If you include bases that are underwater, Mauna Kea rises 33,465 feet into the air (only 13,796 feet are above sea level). Everest is 29,029 feet tall.