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10 of the biggest lies in history

Post by Kitkat on Thu 10 Apr 2014, 12:30

According to myth, a young George Washington confessed to cutting down a cherry tree by proclaiming, "I cannot tell a lie." The story is testament to how much respect Americans have for their cherished first president and honesty in general. Unfortunately, in the annals of history it seems there are 10 dishonest scoundrels for every honorable hero like Washington.

Supposedly, the truth can set you free. But for many, deceit holds the key to money, fame, revenge or power, and these prove all too tempting. In history, this has often resulted in elaborate hoaxes, perjuries, and forgeries that had enormous ripple effects.

In the following pages, we'll go over some of the most colossal and significant lies in history. Although such a list can't be comprehensive, we sought to include a variety of lies that influenced politics, science and even art. As a result of these, lives were lost, life-savings destroyed, legitimate research hampered and -- most of all -- faith in our fellow man shattered.








http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-biggest-lies-in-history.htm
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10 false history facts everyone knows ...

Post by Kitkat on Sun 25 May 2014, 17:14

From the same source:

We would like a word with our fifth-grade teachers. How is it that so many supposedly educated adults who still believe that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity when his kite was struck by lightning, and that Columbus discovered America while trying to prove that the world was round? It can't be because we're ignorant, or gullible, or both. Better to blame the fifth-grade teachers. For shame, Mr. Donnelly. For shame.

If you know — for a fact! — that Napoleon was the shortest emperor ever, and that Einstein absolutely failed math as a kid, then boy do we have some disappointing news for you. The real truth is that few of us have our facts straight when it comes to history. Keep reading to find out how wrong you've been, then go out and make your friends feel just as dumb!


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Re: 10 of the biggest lies in history

Post by Jamboree on Mon 26 May 2014, 15:13

Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet    giggle  lololol 
http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-false-history-facts.htm#page=9

 surprised   I thought everyone knew who the real inventor of the john was.   cheesy 
The true inventor of the flush toilet was likely Sir John Harington, a 16th-century English poet, translator, rogue and occasional inventor who installed one of his ingenious "loos" for Queen Elizabeth at her country palace in Surrey [source: Encyclopaedia Britannica]. If you ever wondered why toilets are called "johns," wonder no more [source: Levitz].

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