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Historical Events  Geography
Historical Events  Geography
Mount Kosciuszko

Where is Australia's highest mountain?

MMDE: Australia's highest mountain is Kosciuszko

Current: Australia's highest mountain is not Kosciuszko

It sounds like a crazy trick question - which country is Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain in? The answer is a little contrived but none the less very surprising. To cut to the chase, it might be helpful to ask if Britain's highest mountain is still Ben Nevis if you include Britain's external territories. The technical answer, which itself comes as news to many, is no, it becomes Mount Paget in the South Atlantic.

The situation in Australia is similar. The highest point on mainland Australia is Mount Kosciuszko. But that's not the highest mountain in Australia. In 1947, Great Britain handed over to the Commonwealth of Australia one of its most remote areas, the Heard and McDonald Islands in the Indian Ocean. Heard Island is home to Mawson Peak, which is 1,700 feet higher than Kosciuszko, and that's why you'd naturally think the highest point on the mainland is Australia's highest mountain, but technically it's not.

Historical Events  Geography
The Great Tartaria

Can an entire country "larger than Russia" disappear?

MMDE: Tartary never existed

Current: Tartary existed from the middle ages to the mid 1800's

Why have so few people heard of the country called Tartary, said to be 'larger than Russia',  which existed from the middle ages until the mid-1800's? Is it possible it has been deliberately erased from history, or is there more to this than meets the eye?

There is a growing body of evidence which shows Tartary simply disappeared from existence. This was not due to a war, since any it was involved in would certainly be well-known in world history.

Tartary had it's own flag, government and was considered a major political power as recently as the 18th century.

Historical Events  Geography
Bermuda Triangle

How dangerous is The Bermuda Triangle?

MMDE: Very dangerous

Current: No different to any other similar sized regions

You can't argue with statistics.

Despite the popular notion of The Bermuda Triangle being extremely treacherous for ships and aircraft, it turns out to be no more or less so than any other similarly sized areas. In fact, it's not even among the top 10 most dangerous places for ships and aircraft.

Livescience has crunched the numbers.

Until 5 planes disappeared in 1945, it was not considered a special region at all, and it was only coined "The Bermuda Triangle" in 1964 by Vincent Gaddis. It seems this name is the clue to it's infamy, because once it stuck, the rumours just grew and grew.

Historical Events  Geography
Fort Knox

Where is Fort Knox?

MMDE: Fort Knox is in Tennessee

Current: Fort Knox is in Kentucky

Some are remembering Fort Knox as being in Tennessee, whereas all evidence today show it's always been in Kentucky.

Famous for it's gold reserves, as well as a military base, Fort Knox is the byword in security. Some people are reporting knowing servicemen who were placed there, and are sure they were in Tennessee.

There is a Knox County in Tennessee, as well as Knoxville, the town, both of which could be adding to the confusion, but apart from the name there is no connection.

Historical Events  Geography
Tunguska

How many people officially died in the 1908 Tunguska meteorite explosion?

MMDE: Hundreds

Current: None

There are many stories around what could have caused the massive explosion in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908. These range from UFO's to rips in the space time continuum, with the prevailing one being a little more mundane - a meteorite exploded miles above the area after heating up from blasting through the earths atmosphere.

What isn't in doubt is the extent of the wreckage it caused.

However, many are claiming they remember reports of many deaths, ranging from the hundreds to the thousands. You'd have thought this to be the case given the energy was 10-15 megatons, or about 1,000 times the amount in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima, yet amazingly today there are no reports of any direct deaths as a result.

Historical Events  Geography
Atlantis

Changed?

MMDE: Atlantis was a continent

Current: Atlantis was a city on an island

Plato described Atlantis in some detail, and said it was destroyed 9000 years before his time.

Reading today what he wrote, we find he described a city of concentric circles each separated by waterways. The problem is most people remember Atlantis being described as a continent, which is vastly different, and are pointing to this discrepancy as being an MMDE.

Of course there is huge debate over whether it existed at all, but that's not the issue here. The fact so many remember being told if it did exist, it was a continent, is what's causing all the fuss.

Historical Events  Geography
Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls no longer exists

MMDE: Niagra Falls

Current: Niagara Falls

Created by geological processes around 10,000BC. the famous waterfall on the US/Canadian border attracts thousands of visitors every year.

More than 6 million cubic feet flow over the falls every minute, and it's being eroded at a rate of 1 foot per year.

The name almost certainly originates from the native American people, but exactly where isn't clear. There is a strong possibility it is derived from the local Niagagarega tribe.

Many people are certain it is more than just a false memory of them spelling it the same way they pronounce it. There are many instances of it being spelt Niagra today on the internet.