Did oil companies add lead to gasoline in order to make it more expensive, therefore they could charge more for gas even though they knew tetraeythyllead was a poison?
Did Galileo get thrown in prison for daring to question the that the sun revolved around the Earth contrary to the Bible?
I shouldn't have to do this, but I came across these two common myths just this morning and I almost had a stroke, so here's the real stories. Stories that ANYONE with an ounce of interest in the truth, or half an education could find in a minutes work. It's my conjecture that most people who hear these stories believe them not because there is any grain of truth behind them, but because the WANT to believe them. It's a matter of faith for these idiots, and they will insist that these stories are true, EVEN if they should and do know better.
Why was lead in gas? Lead was in gas because car companies, and the public, wanted more powerful cars. Did lead make gas more expensive? Actually, lead was a cheaper additive than iodine, so it actually made gas cheaper. It was added to gasoline because gasoline, at the time, was very low quality and had very low octane. Low octane gas causes detonation in high compression engines. Detonation can cause all sorts of issues inside of the engine, especially with the valves. So between the low quality of non-racing fuel, and the low quality of mass-manufactured engines, something was needed to fix the problem. Lead was cheap. Was it a poison? Sure. So is almost everything in gasoline. Will a lead additive make your new car run better? No. Your new car has a catalytic converter, lead will kill that. It also has very hard, nicely machined valve seats. You don't need lead. Was there some kind of conspiracy to keep lead in gas? No. Any car made after 1975 had a catalytic converter and couldn't use leaded gas. Also, newer engines (not the newest engines, but from say 1974 to early 2000's) ran lower compression than they did in the late 60's. Your car sucked anyway, you didn't need high octane gas. You still don't need high-octane gas, you already have it. Unless your car specifically tells you to run higher than 87 octane, you can use the cheap stuff. The Illuminati won't care.
Did the Catholic Church censor Galileo for the heresy of heliocentrism? No. I'll sum up. The Church censored Galileo for insulting the Pope. Galileo was an asshole. The Pope read a copy of his book and invited him to Rome to talk about it. The Pope sent Galileo a list of questions he wanted answered, and Galileo wrote another book. In this book, the questions the Pope asked were, verbatim, asked by a character called "the Simpleton". That pissed off the Pope, who was pretty much Galileo's king. Don't tug on Superman's cape. Incidentally, no one said Galileo couldn't teach his heliocentric model, he could, just not as "truth" or what the Church would consider "fact". This was because most of the SCIENTISTS at the time didn't agree with him. Interesting, the scientific consensus at the time was wrong, and Galileo couldn't pass peer review. I wonder if that still happens... At any rate, Galileo wasn't in trouble for religious reasons, he got in trouble because he was an asshole to the fucking Pope.