A weekly show hosted by John Green, where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John debunks 50 common misconceptions that most people have about topics such as vikings, exploding birds and peanut butter.
Refrigerating batteries actually can help them last longer, depending on the type of battery you’re talking about. Not much point with alkalines, but works with older rechargeables… Even NiMHs tended to lose a charge fairly rapidly even when just sitting in your shelf, storing them somewhere cold slowed down the chemical reaction, helping the batteries hold a charge much longer. All but the cheapest NiMHs now are made using a process that minimizes the power loss, so they still won’t be at full power a month or two after charging, but at least you’ll be able to count on them working.
This guy didn’t debunk anything. He made lots of unsupported statements, and a few supported ones. I love learning about misconceptions, but give me the full details so I can make up my mind. Why should I believe anyone telling me “it ain’t so” if I didn’t believe the first go who said “it is so”?
Sigh . . .