The other night I was out on the beach with my wife, her cousin and some friends. My wife mentioned that the North Star was the brightest star in the sky. I told her it wasn't, then her cousin chimed in saying she had always heard that too.
Well my wife my argue with me about mowing the lawn, but when it comes to science, she knows not to argue with me. I ever explained to her that it was on Badastronomy under "misconceptions"
Anyway, my question is, does anyone know where this myth came from? I've always known it wasn't, so I don't know why so many people would think it was.