It all started with a tweet, a replay, and a curious
A question! and I know the answer!
I start writing : “Gold fish are known to have very short memory, some believe that it’s as short as…”
mmm, how short? I wasn’t sure. I knew it was so short that by the time the fish finishes a lab in the tank it will forget its content. But that’s more than a 140 characters tweet can hold.
I needed a number.
where can I find better numbers than on Google? So, lets ask Mr.Google..
I clicked on the first link – a Wikipedia page – and what I found was shocking!
Goldfish have a memory-span of at least three months and can distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds. By using positive reinforcement, goldfish can be trained to recognize and to react to light signals of different colors or to perform tricks, such as the limbo, slalom, fetch, and soccer. Fish respond to certain colors most evidently in relation to feeding. Fish learn to anticipate feedings provided they occur at around the same time everyday.
I really believed that myth! I felt that I was cheated by the first person who told me this information. How lucky that I can’t remember who that was! I tried unsuccessfully to look for the origin of the myth, if you know it; I’d really want to know too..
On a last note; Once upon the time, Everyone knew the Earth is Flat! it sounds ridiculous nowadays! and we thought that gold fish had 3-seconds- memory span, it sounds ridiculous now too, because we know for a fact that it is just a myth..
Who knows what (Facts) we know today, will sound ridiculous tomorrow?
Until then, be thankful if you have Gold fish-short term memory..