Growing up you hear plenty of urban legends/myths.
My favorite from childhood is if you swallow gum it will stick to your ribs…which is just preposterous!
We are always quick to scoff at things that we once believed to be true, even moments after the discovery is made
Well here is another one for the books…
The Great Wall of China, although great, is not visible from outer space. Of course it isn’t! It’s right up there with the gum sticking to your ribs, if you spend a moment thinking about it makes obvious sense. Nevertheless, this myth was busted for me this morning on my car ride to work. How does the Great Wall of China come up during a morning commute, you ask? When listening to the audio book version of the World Without Us, of course.
After further researching this myth, I came across the opinion of Arthur Waldron, author of The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth. He has speculated that the belief might go back to the fascination with the “canals” once believed to exist on Mars. What will we think we see next – a puddy tat?