These misconceptions are false:
- You can find an Orthodox Church by the smell, just search for the onion scent
Onion domes do not, in fact, smell like onions.
- Orthodoxy doesn't have hats as cool as Catholicism, Sikhism, etc.
Orthodoxy has the coolest hats
- All Orthodox priests and bishops have beards
One or two do not. I've seen pictures.
- The Pat. of Constantinople is like an eastern version of the Roman Pope
Not really. Even "spiritual leader" is pushing it.
- Orthodoxy is mostly isolated to Greece, Russia, and a few backwater countries
The majority of Orthodoxy is concentrated in a specific region, but this above statement exaggerates.
- There are 5-6 million Orthodox in America
More like a million, probably somewhat less.
- There are 250-350 million Orthodox in the world
More like 100 million, if you're talking about active participants.
- Constantine founded the Orthodox Church
- The Orthodox Church was started in 1054
- Orthodox protest the Roman Pope visiting because they're still hung up on 1204
There's a bit more to it than that. You may not agree with them, but there are a ton of theological, political, and nationalistic issues at play.
- Traditionalists are schismatics
- Orthodox theology is stuck in the past
Well, ok, maybe a little bit.