historical facts that aren't true how much do you think you know about history perhaps all the things we learned in class weren't always as accurate as we thought here are a few facts that the general public has gotten wrong move over Galileo most of you may recall that in school your teachers told you that Galileo Galilei was the first to realize that the earth most likely revolved around the Sun at the time many scientists believed that the earth was at the center of the universe and that all the planets and stars and our own Sun orbited around us that was the belief for thousands of years while the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun is correct the idea that Galileo was the first to theorize this isn't true the first person to propose a solar system was Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC Nicholas Copernicus believe this theory to be accurate and made it more popular in the 16th century however in the 17th century Galileo was the first to find evidence to prove it to be or not to be perhaps that isn't the question we should be asking instead we should wonder did Shakespeare come up with the story of Hamlet all on his own the answer is no the idea of a vengeful prince planning revenge on his uncle for the murder of his king fathered was something that stemmed out of an old indo-european legend Scandinavian author Saxo gramatica published the story in the life of omelet around 1200 ad in that collection the story was titled on less Prince of Denmark what do you get when you rearrange the letters a.m. le th and omelet Hamlet which Shakespeare didn't write until 1609 who made peanut butter who are you supposed to thank when you opened that jar of peanut butter your mother for buying it probably but who do we think for coming up with the idea your first thought might have been George Washington Carver but we should stop you there Carver was responsible for finding hundreds of ways to utilize peanuts which helped boost the failing economy of the southern region of the United States but he didn't invent peanut butter nope that credit goes to the Incas who mashed peanuts into a paste around 950 BC Alexander the alright Alexander the Great was long considered chef had the largest contiguous Empire in all of history contagious refers to neighboring territories which gives you a sense of how much land and Empire owns well it's false that Alexander the Great had the largest one instead it was the Mongol Empire under the leadership of Genghis Khan that had the largest contagious Empire ever owning lands across Asia from Korea and the Middle East all the way to Austria the story of Lady Godiva most of us think of the intricate chocolate treats and boxes you buy for your loved ones for special occasions when we hear Godiva some people have heard of the story of Lady Godiva the one where she rides through the town of Coventry England while naked on a horse she did this so that her husband the Earl of Mercia would abolish taxes for the townspeople apparently her husband told her if she rode around naked he'd do it so she did and the taxes were abolished however many historians don't believe such a ridiculous thing ever happened the tale of her gesture didn't even pop up until centuries after she lived the real Vikings did you know that Vikings never wore helmets with horns on them we know it's impossible to believe but it's true archaeological research shows no evidence of such headgear ever being worn Vikings either wore metal helmets without horns or simple leather strappings across their heads other than that some didn't wear anything on their heads at all the image of Vikings with horns most likely arose after 1786 when Richard Wagner's opera dressed actors and horn helmets not the cows fault the great fire Chicago burned the Midwestern City for three days in 1871 the flames engulfed around 3.3 square miles or nine square kilometers of Chicago leaving 100,000 people homeless and claiming the lives of 300 others how did this fire start contrary to popular belief the fire did not start because a cow kicked over a lantern setting fire to a barn that's just an urban legend as far as investigators could tell it was a combination of dry weather and an abundance of what in buildings that helped spread the fire so rapidly but the real reason it began remains a mystery how tall was Napoleon what you may not have realized was that all the illustrations of Napoleon were just caricatures was Napoleon short technically yes by today's standards Napoleon might be considered short for a male but he wasn't anything out of the ordinary in terms of height he only stood at 5 feet and 7 inches that's below average but over 300 years ago people were shorter than average so Napoleon wasn't even that tiny to begin with people only thought he was short because when translating his height between the French to the British system it came out to 5 feet 2 inches instead the Cherrytree incident to prove how much integrity and honesty George Washington had people often cite the story of the cherry tree that story is now infamous telling the tale of how a young George Washington confessed to chopping down his father's cherry tree even with knowing the consequences he knew he could not lie about it to say there are holes in this story is an understatement it's more accurate to say that the story is one big hole because it never happened it became popular after author parson Weems made up the story and included it in his biography of Washington Paul Revere's legacy people know Paul Revere best for four words the British are coming Revere supposedly screamed these words for numerous towns in Massachusetts to hear what happened the night of April 18 1775 it turns out that Paul Revere never shouted these words and that he wasn't alone on that midnight ride Revere needed to borrow a horse from a merchant in Charlestown that night Revere and two other men William Dawes and Samuel Prescott started the ride that would then garner forty other men spreading the word of the British arrival the exact quote came from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in an 1851 poem about Revere where are the three wise men around Christmastime many of us are reminded of the biblical story of the birth of Jesus a lot of these stories involve the visitation of the three wise men who showered the newborn with gifts however if you read the scene in the book of Matthew that details crisis birth the Nativity it never explicitly states that there are only three wise men that arrived it just says there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem you might have heard that the name of these wise men were Mel cure Balthasar in gas bar but these names did not appear in Christian literature until 500 years after the birth of Jesus so who knows if it's true Vincent van Gogh's ear starry night sunflowers and cafe terrace at night are among Vincent van Gogh's most famous works if you had to choose a group of the next most recognizable pieces of art he made it would probably be his self-portraits later in life these portraits included a bandaged ear you probably heard no pun intended that van Gogh sliced off his entire ear in reality he only cut off a part of the left lobe it still sounds strange either way but we wanted to clear up the details Einstein's grades hearing that one of the most genius men in the history of the world was a terrible student gives many people hope if Einstein didn't have good grades then that means school isn't that important right he wasn't that bad of a student as a child Einstein was very creative and clearly intelligent but was prone to tantrums and was antisocial he often spoke out against teachers a discipline problem that prompted him to drop out at fifteen years old his teachers all thought Einstein was incredibly smart but that he had too much pride which was his academic downfall so was he bad at school in a way yes and no he was smart enough to pass but he had a nasty attitude and ended up failing an entrance exam or to a fat Henry this is the image people have of King Henry the eighth him in his royal garb puffy shorts and all heavyset and red-haired he went through six wives leaving the first one for the second calling one of the mug Lee and ordering the execution of two of them he doesn't sound like an ideal partner and this era of villainy is what many people associate with him it wasn't always like this though Henry Plantagenet ascended the throne at 18 years old he was athletic and beloved by his subjects his nickname was once Bluff King Hal however with age he developed health issues that cost him to gain weight the way he dealt with Anne Boleyn cause people to see him in a different light as well as the many wives after that when you combine his health and actions it makes sense that his public image changed dramatically no music to the fire Rome has had its share of unfit and even insane leaders on that list is emperor Nero the last emperor of the Giulio Claudian dynasty the history books describe Nero as a tyrannical leader one who loved to spend money and live in luxury the legendary anecdote attached to his name is one of him playing the fiddle while Rome burned that story was made up later on by historians that hated Nero Nero was out of town when Rome was being raided and traveled back to the city to help when he heard of the news the Salem witch trials no one was ever burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials so all that imagery of women being burned in front of the whole town never happened during these trials which took place in Salem between 1692 to 1693 those found guilty of witchcraft were taken to be hanged on gallows Hill who found electricity some people mistakenly cite Benjamin Franklin as the person who invented electricity let's get one thing straight electricity always existed look at lightning bolts the truth is that Franklin only experimented with electricity but its discovery by humans preceded Franklin long ago it was the Greeks that were the first to discover the electrical charge sometime around 600 BC in the following centuries less than a handful of other scientists mention electricity in their writings namely William Gilbert and Thomas Brown in the 1600s Franklin's famous experiment with the kite and key happened over a century later in 1750 – before we reveal number one we have a question for you if you could go back in time what point in history would you live in why let us know in the comments below what the myths about Christopher Columbus in the United States Christopher Columbus is known as the man who discovered the Americas he sailed across the Atlantic in 1492 bound for India and came to America instead he also said on the trip to prove that the world was not flat there are a few things wrong in this story for one yes Columbus was trying to reach Asia but he did not discover the American continents Norse voyagers arrived here long ago from Scandinavia and were the first Europeans to reach the Americas secondly Columbus arrived in what is now called the West Indies he never landed in North America thirdly he did not set out to prove that the world round by the 1490s most people already knew that the earth was spherical and not flat so what did Columbus do that's a whole other video for a different time thank you for watching if you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up for more videos like this subscribe to our Channel and turn on the bail notification so that you don't miss an upload

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  1. Anoter fun fact. We have all seen movies, tv-series, games etc with a whole lot of badass vikings charge into combat with their swords and shields ready. Even this video shows viking with swords. The only problem is… that's a myth. In reality, viking swords were very expensive and difficult to make, so they were used almost entirely by the rich vikings. The "normal" vikings mainly used axes, as they were much, much cheaper and easier to make. This is also why most viking swords have a name written on them. If a sword got lost, it could be returned to the owner – often for a nice reward. And that, in turn, is why even those who did have swords, never really used them in combat.

    And speaking of vikings, we all know they were bloodthirsty barbarians, who loved nothing more than to go to other places to kill, steal, rape and pretty much destroy everything, and quite often while getting drunk. Except… sorry to burst your bubble, but most were peaceful and friendly, and most who went travelling were merchants and explorers. There were brutal barbarians, of course, but not nearly as many as some want you to think.

    In fact, it's well known (or should be, anyway) that the vikings went to north America more than 500 years before Colombus, and stayed there three years or so. But they got into too much trouble with the locals, so they left. If they had been half as bloodthirsty as history wants them to be, they would have sent for more people, and we Europeans would have been living in the Americas a hell of a lot longer than we have.

    Oh, and one TRUE fact? There were viking women going into combat, along with the men. Even those kill-steal-rape-murder barbarians weren't all male. Most were, but not all. And the ones who went to the Americas weren't a big sausage fest.

    (Yes, I'm Norwegian, and decend from the vikings. How did you know? Lol.)

  2. Ist proposition is not entirely true. Scientist did not believe the earth was the center of the universe. This concept was forced on them by the catholic church under penalty of torture and death by burning. If they don't know precisely how the Chicago fire started why is the cobarn story just rumor? Are you saying that it is not possible for a cow to kick a lantern over and start the hay in the barn burning. I can tell you first hand that, considering the fire equipment and response tome, there would be no hope of putting a fire in a barn out. SO – it is a lot less like rumor and much closer to fact that the Chicago fire was started in a barn. The American continent was populated by Asians and came to be known as "Indians" because Europeans thought they had reached India. Indians were living in Canada when the Vikings came to the eastern parts of Canada – now the Maritime Provinces.

  3. According to my book on van Gogh it was damaged in a fight with a man in the mental hospital with him

  4. Many people believe that Shakespeare wasn't even a real person, but a non de plum. Also, there is no proof or evidence that Marco Polo ever lived, including no mention or description of anyone even similar ever even visiting anywhere in the Orient.

  5. Here we go again: "Contiguous (sharing a common border; touching)" is pronounced "Con-TIG-gue-us," not "Con-TIJ-us." It's easy to look things up; just type it into a search engine. I use Google. Edit The farther I get into this, the more mispronunciations and bum dope comes out of your mouth. Washington and the cherry tree was a myth started by Reverend Mason Locke Weems in his biography, "The Life of Washington," after our first president's death—and even then did not appear until the fifth edition of the book, which may have been mostly fiction. I'm giving you a Thumbs Down on this mess.

  6. @talltanic I’m pretty sure the cherry tree wasn’t Washington it was Lincoln and it was to prove his honesty during his campaign hence “honest Abe”

  7. Alexander was also bisexual liking guys more than women. Heavy set? Henry was a FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT

  8. I love the #1 spot. I am born and raised new england.. even the history teacher taught us laughing in grade school about the hoax. Today, my state calls his holiday "indigenous day".. long overdue.

  9. I wouldn't go back in time, I've studied history too much to want to end up any of the places I've read about. I'd go forward in time to when LGTBQ+ rights are all in place, and every person is free to love whatever consenting adult they wish to, the world over. The point in time where if you're asexual nobody harasses you to get married, have kids, etc etc.  I'd like to live in the time period where the color of your skin isn't a topic anyone talks about, because it's long since stopped mattering.

  10. I want to go back on the Ancient Egyptian times especially when the Pyramid or Sphinx is being built

  11. How do you give credit to a group of people (incas) for inventing something? Give me the name of an individual

  12. id go back to the 1980's and live it all over again! those were the best times in the history of the world! amen.

  13. Why make the title of your video on incorrect statements, an incorrect statement? Intentional perhaps??? I forget what its called but your title is one of those, ok i had to look it up but i think its called a paradox😱😵😲😂

  14. I’d go back pre-slavery and kill the pope, then I’d voyage to America to live with the natives and become their God when I show them the stuff I brought from the future slowly with time

  15. "I can not tell a lie." Please, was that George Washington or our current president?
    Oh, my bad, it surely was not Mr. Trump, who by July 1, 2019 had been "fact-checked," by dependable sources to have told the American public over 5,000 untruths.
    Honestly, is this a leader we can be proud of, a leader we can truly trust? A leader who loves money more than he loves this country?

  16. Columbus discovered America wrong the earth is the center of the universe cleopatra is Egyptian born wrong

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