10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

10. Vodka was invented by Dmitri Mendeleev.

10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

Mendeleev, the great Russian chemist, wrote a dissertation “On the Combinations of Water with Alcohol” in 1865, but it had nothing to do with vodka. The chemist was studying the changes in the properties of aqueous solutions of alcohol at various concentrations and external conditions. He didn’t pay any special attention to the solution with the 40% alcohol content and its taste characteristics.

This strong beverage was actually known long before Mendeleev’s birth. The word ’vodka’ was firstmentioned in 1405 in Poland. At that time, this drink was known as gorzałka (gorzeć — to burn). In 1819, Alexander I of Russia signed the ’Regulations on Vodka’ which included requirements for making this drink, as well as possible mixing options.

Which of these facts was the most surprising for you? Are there any other common facts you learned at school that eventually turned out to be myths? Please tell us about them in the comments!

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