Ordinary people who, as any wander along any street will demonstrate, are mostly idiots who will believe any damn thing they're told. I have convinced several people that the Romans built straight roads because they hadn't invented steering. There are people out there now who believe it and who are probably spreading it. When it ends up on your child's history curriculum, that was me. Sorry about that.
But he makes a good point. And once again, it is the lazy, useless media who are complicit in spreading this shit until it becomes accepted as "received wisdom" and our lives are made poorer still.
Why is the press so utterly fucking useless at challenging this kind of nonsense?