5 Historical Misconceptions

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago Misc

Five common misconceptions about history debunked.
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Female 2,415
They debunk some myths and then end with one? Columbus never got to the land now known as America; ... Amerigo Vespucci was the one to discover it... and yes after the Vikings.
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Female 399
Wasn`t Columbus kind of a dick?
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Male 12,365
Yes, Earth isn`t actually a sphere. The ancient Greek methodology and theory was correct, but their technology didn`t allow precise enough measurements to differentiate between a sphere and a slightly oblate spheroid.
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Male 12,365
Just in case anyone cares:

The first known *formal* proof that the Earth is round dates back to the early days of ancient Greece, long before Eratosthenes calculated its size. The formal proof is simple with hindsight. Observations of the shadow cast on the moon by the Earth showed that they are always the curve of a circle. The only object that casts a circular shadow from every angle is a sphere. Therefore the Earth must be a sphere.

But as FredSpudman points out, it was known long before then that the Earth wasn`t flat. The lunar shadow thing was the first formal proof that it`s spherical, not the first knowledge that it wasn`t flat.
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Male 653
ShudBWorking, even the not very bright could fathom that the Earth wasn`t flat back in the day. At sea, you`d see the mast of a ship first because of the curvature of the Earth.
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Male 12,365
patticakes...are you a Marxist? Serious question, since your point of view seems to be Marxist communism. You`re calling your classes "givernment class" and "us" instead of "bourgouisie" and "proletariat", but it`s the same rhetoric.

If not, what form of civilisation are you advocating? You`ve ruled out nearly all of them, since you`ve ruled out taxation. You appear to be left with only total anarchy, which isn`t civilisation anyway, communism (which technically doesn`t require taxes as the state owns the economy) and capitalism (which technically doesn`t require taxes as the dictator or oligarchy owns the economy). In practice, of course, both communism and capitalism can`t exist and if they could they`d cost the proletariat a damn sight more than a semi-democratic government funded by taxes.
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Male 338
@patticakes.....speaking of brainwashed
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Female 465
"Taxes are how civilization is purchased?" Boy, that`s one brainwashed statist narrator. How about, that`s how the government class finances its lifestyle and to keep us quiet throws us a few crumbs in the form of public works and social programs?
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Male 25,416
meh....
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Male 1,204
You said it, Ollie.
ShudBWorking: You`re on the right path. Why WOULD they teach you the wrong facts in school? Think it through, but I`m sure you won`t like the conclusion waiting for you.
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Male 86
Ummm... if that`s true, why in the world would school history books report it as otherwise. There is no reason, religious or otherwise for these facts not to be properly reported. I`m mostly referring to Columbus, and the whole round earth thing, I thought the rest don`t really matter.
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Male 15,832
I knew all of that stuff, but then I guess education isn`t what it used to be.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Yeah, there`s always someone out there willing to rip all the fun out of myths and tales.[/quote]

Myths and tales are fine.

Fiction wrongly portrayed as fact is not.
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Male 392
Yeah, there`s always someone out there willing to rip all the fun out of myths and tales.

I see a lot of these "-- myths/rumours/tales/etc. that are false" flying around, and I always think "why?" because the fun is not knowing.

It`s like if we took a story, hundreds of years ago, of a farmer scaring off some small wild animal off his farm. People tell the story, and ten years later instead of some small animal it turns into a bear. Hundreds of years later it turns into a tale of a farmer fighting off a dragon trying to burn his crops.

Then some **** comes along and days "well actually, the real story was a small wild animal"

Hurray, the tale is ruined.
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Male 2,345
Coloumbus

cus no one else can wipe out 8 million indigenous tribesmen in just a few years like he can!
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Male 10,845
I`d like to point out that Columbus should really be known for the business man he was. He makes anyone in Forbes look like a hotdog vendor.
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Male 402
what a waste of time,i already knew all of this.
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Female 685
Oh yes I have wasted many hours learning a useless dead language, have I? 1. Latin is not compulsory in British schools and hasn`t been for decades, 2. everybody speaks some Latin every day anyway seeing as it is not dead or useless. Dumbass.
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Male 37,888

CaptKangaroo - I stand corrected. Yes, Lot`s wife was salt. Medusa`s victims were turned to stone. I confused my imaginary god-stories again. Oh dopey me!
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Male 5,413
I see. Interesting but I`m going to have to do my own research before believing this.
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Male 2,630
@Gerry1of1- Admittedly, I`m no Bible expert, but wasn`t Lot`s wife turned into salt- a pillar of salt? Anybody back me up or correct me on this? I`d Google it myself, but am currently just too apathetic.
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Female 2,602
A hefty percentage of actual Americans I`ve actually met have honestly believed themselves to be Irish or Scottish, despite being born and bred in New York, and *these* are the historical inaccuracies you`re focusing on?
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Male 44
So...someone watched a few episodes of QI and made a video about the things they saw.
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Male 37,888

Peeping Tom wasn`t turned to stone, that was Lot`s wife. Tom was caught looking and blinded by the city guards.
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Male 1,178
Not quite sure why he was showing a picture of the UK when talking about countries that insist on learning latin. Very few schools teach latin, and most of those are private.
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Male 37,888

I thought `Vomitorium` was just a nickname for IAB when Fancy`s Asst was doing the posts.
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Male 36,400
All true, the explainations, not the myths.
Also: Columbus had a map! He sailed further south than the route modern historians think, that way he could encounter several islands along the way. The Portugese knew of those islands, and quite possibly North America too, but tried to keep it a secret.
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Male 719
The Lady Godiva story becomes even more obviously false when you realize that part of the story is that one man didn`t look away when she went for her naked ride, and was turned to stone. His name was Tom, hence the name "Peeping Tom."

And most of the misconception about Columbus came from a biography written by Washington Irving. His biography was about as factual as his other famous works, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
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Male 7,123
Everybody knew at least most of these.
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Male 6,737
Knew about all besides number 2.
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Female 8,044
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