Smarter than the Experts
Often the geniuses running things aren’t geniuses after all.
And, sometimes, it takes a know-it-all 11-year-old to point it out.
This became clear recently as Kenton Stufflebeam, a fifth-grade student from Michigan, showed up one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
It seems the exhibit on prehistoric time has contained a mistake for a while. More than 25 years, in fact, which is longer than little Kenton has been alive. The display identifies the Precambrian, which is accurately labeled a supereon (or just a long-ass span of time) as an “era.”
Like a good little nerd, Kenton tattled on the exhibit’s creators by turning in a comment card during his winter visit to the museum. Smithsonian officials responded last month with an acknowledgment that he was absolutely correct.
If the experts were so wrong, for so long, about this, might these historical “corrections” be coming soon?
Brutus only figuratively stabbed Caesar in the back.
The Dark Ages, in truth, were quite sunny.
Van Halen never hired Gary Cherone; that was simply a bad collective dream we had.
George Bush has a PhD in English.
Fidel Castro actually moved incognito to the US in the 1970s, founded Microsoft, and has lived for decades as Bill Gates.
The Great Depression? Merely a bad day for one haberdasher in New York that got blown out of proportion.
The Beatles didn’t break up. They just recorded undercover as “ZZ Top” in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bill Clinton, in reality, said, “I, in fact, DID have sex with that woman…”