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52 things we all think to be true, but are actually false

You can't see the Great Wall of China from space, shaving does not increase the amount of hair that grows afterwards and nor did vikings wear horned helmets.

Along with these great misconceptions, London-based data journalist and information designer David McCandless, has created a handy, colour-coded chart to debunk 52 of the most "contagious falsehoods" that we believe to be true but actually turn out to be false.

The size of the circle indicates how common the misconception is and each colour signifies a different theme (click to see a larger version).

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This infographic is part of a series of data visualisations in McCandless' new book Knowledge Is Beautiful, which is available to buy here and here.

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