Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell?
How come this one statement is remembered by so many people after highschool but they wouldn't be able to tell you much else of what they learned?
- Bulldog reduxLv 78 months ago
When you start a question with "mitochondria is," you're already on the wrong track.
One mitochondrion, two mitochondria.
- 8 months ago
It was a joke said by teachers, which made it easier to remember. The whole meme about mitochondria being the powerhouse of the cell means that it stays in your face and you keep being reminded about it. If something else that people learned in school was used so commonly in jokes, we would remember that as well.
- CowboyLv 68 months ago
Most people also know E=mc^2 but few understand what it means.
People are not very smart - the average is C, right, and half of all people are below that average. Besides high school is an awful place for learning.
- JazSincLv 78 months ago
Most people don't then go on to become biochemists.
It's one more of high school's "will we ever use this? When will we ever use this?" things.
You remember the beginning and ending of "A Tale of Two Cities" but nothing from the middle. Same thing.
The only thing I learned in high school was how to be a pretty good high school student.