In the good old days, a fact was a fact. A fact could walk down the street with its head held high and tell everyone around that it was the truth.
In recent times, however, facts are being challenged by something that is getting stronger every single day.
We are led to believe that facts are no longer facts. We are told that the facts we know and love are now lies.
Never before has a simple fact been persecuted so much. Never before have so many people declared war on the fact, promoting lies and half-truths as the new fact and even giving these evil pretenders to the throne a new moniker – the “alternative fact”.
So what is an “alternative fact”?
Put simply, it is a lie - nothing more; nothing less. Just because it has the word "fact" in its name, doesn't make it the truth.
These “alternative facts” are sadly now becoming the norm and people are ignoring real facts in favour of these imposters because it helps them get ahead.
Such people believe that by repeating the “alternative fact” over and over again, people will actually start to believe them. The real facts do not support their arguments or views – therefore they have to invent “alternative facts” and try to convince people that their weird view of the world is true.
Here are some “alternative facts” that have crossed my radar in recent times.
No planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.
We all saw what happened. We all saw at least one aircraft fly directly into the building on that fateful day. Yet some people actually believe that the government or some shady evil organisation used digital composting to fool us all into believing that the aircraft hit the building – even on the amateur footage from the streets below.
The world is flat.
I’ve actually written about this preposterous notion before. You can read about it here.
Scientology is a religion.
One day I will write a post about Scientology – or maybe a book.
Donald Trump’s inauguration as President was the most attended ever.
Sorry – it’s oompa loompa time again. This is one of many "alternative facts" we will see in the next four years. The photos prove it for goodness sake.
They are all nonsense.
Mind you, this got me thinking. I have recently come across a few so-called facts that are not really facts at all but are universally held as truth by most of us. People, including myself, have taken them as gospel for years and years - but they are all lies.
I apologise, dear reader, because I am about to shatter some illusions. The following “facts” are false:
When you flush a toilet in Australia, the water rotates in the opposite direction to that of a toilet flushed in the UK.
Incorrect! The water rotates in the same direction on both sides of our planet.
A Black Hole is a hole in space.
Wrong! It is a hugely dense object with a massive gravitational pull.
We only use 10% of our brains.
Nonsense! We actually use all of our brain at various points in a typical day.
Electrons orbit around the nucleus of an atom.
Garbage! When I took A-Level chemistry, my teacher told me that most of the stuff we had learned for the past five years was simplified or untrue. Electrons are actually clouds of negative charge that ripple and flow around the nucleus.
Caffeine dehydrates you.
Rubbish! The dehydrating effects of caffeine are more than balanced by the water that accompanies it.
Bulls hate the colour red.
Bullshit! In fact bulls are probably infuriated by the cape because it is the thing that is moving the most.
There is no gravity in space.
Horsecrap! Gravity is everywhere, even in the void of our solar system. What do you think keeps our planet in orbit around the sun?
Adam and Eve ate an apple from God’s forbidden tree.
Blithering baloney! The bible, if that is to be believed, doesn’t mention apples at all; it simply states that they ate the “fruit” of the tree. Probably a pear, actually – because they are foul and disgusting.
Goldfish have a three second memory.
Poppycock! Apparently the memory of a goldfish lasts for a couple of months (mind you – I do wonder how they know this!).
Bagpipes are Scottish!
McBullshit! I particularly like this one – these wailing dirge machines originated in the Middle East.
Ninjas wore black.
Drivel! A true ninja has to blend in. If he or she wears a black ninja costume in the centre of Manchester, he is likely to attract too much attention. Ninjas really wear everyday clothes to blend in so they can attack you when you least expect it.
So you see, dear reader, “alternative facts” are on the rise especially given recent political events.
And I have one last “alternative fact” that will blow your mind.
I am not plastic, nor am I really a Mancunian (though I have lived in Manchester for over 30 years),
My name is Dave, though.
And that's a fact.