4/13/2008

The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught In History Class

S Peter Davis writes on Cracked.com:High school was hard enough, what with all the video games and boobies to distract us from our homework. What makes it even harder is having to unlearn all of the stuff they taught us in elementary school that turned out to be utter bullshit. To this day you can even hear some adults repeating these "amazing" historical tales that, years ago, somebody just pulled out of their ass:#5. Columbus Discovered the Earth is RoundThe story we heard:In 1492, a Spanish ponce by the name of Christopher Columbus won his long-standing feud with the monarchy and the Catholic church to get funding for a voyage to East Asia. They were afraid that he would fail spectacularly, because everybody knew that the Earth was a flat disc, and the direction Columbus was sailing in would cause him to fall off the edge and into the mouth of the giant turtle that supported it.The truth:In the 1400s, the flat-earth theory was taken about as seriously as the Time Cube theory is today, if not less so. So where did the myth come from? It began with author Washington Irving, who wrote a novel

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