10 Historical “Facts” You Were Taught In School – That Turned Out to Be 100% False

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While enjoying my daily scroll, I came across a fun question with curious answers, “What is a part of history that we consider a fact is 100% fake?” Here are the top-voted responses.

1. Albert Einstein Never Failed Math

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One Redditor shared, “Albert Einstein never failed math. The rumor started from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Einstein responded to them by saying, ‘I never failed in mathematics. Before I was 15, I had mastered differential and integral calculus.’ He wasn’t very good at the non-science related classes and failed French.”

2. Ninjas Dressed in All Black To Stay Stealthy

Another stated, “Ninjas dressed in all black to stay stealthy in the night or something like that. Ninjas dressed like ordinary people to blend in.

The all-black look stemmed from Japanese theatre to make it more evident to the audience who the ninjas were. It’d be pretty obvious if they wore all black, and they’d stick out like a sore thumb.”

3. White Classical Period

“The general public is unaware that classical Greece and Rome had colored paints all over those statues, much less colored dyes in their clothes. We tend to believe that there was a lot of white in the Classical period, which isn’t the case,” reported another. 

4. The Boston Tea Party Celebration

“The Boston Tea party didn’t have some grand celebration. Many colonists were confused. Many patriots viewed the tea’s destruction as vandalism, and it’s recorded as one of Boston’s quietest nights in history,” one replied.

5. The Irish Famine

One Redditor shared, “The Irish famine wasn’t just a natural disaster – there was plenty of food in Ireland. It was just exported to Britain.” Another explained, “Our staple food for most people was the potato, so the failure of the crop was devastating.

However, there was so much food being grown here that was exported. We were also, as a people, given the option to have food if we denounced our religion, leading to the phrase ‘taking the soup.’ To take the soup was to denounce Catholicism and become a Protestant.”

6. The Lady Who Sued McDonald’s

Another user volunteered, “The lady who sued Mcdonald’s didn’t do so frivolously. She received third-degree burns from how hot that coffee was and needed a skin graft.

It was found quickly that that location kept the coffee well above the temperature legally allowed to serve a hot drink in a cup. The fact that most people think this suit was over the temperature of the coffee, and not the debilitating burns that the woman received, is one of the PR world’s greatest triumphs. You are not immune to propaganda.”

7. Marie Antoinette’s Most Famous Quote

Someone explained, “Marie Antoinette saying, ‘let them eat cake,’ is her most famous quote but not what she said.” Another added, “Although, as I recall, weren’t her last words an apology to her executioner for tripping over his foot.” Her final words were, “I did not do it on purpose.”

8. Paul Revere’s Fabricated Quote

“Paul Revere did not run around Massachusetts shouting ‘The British are coming’ or ‘the redcoats are coming,’ because if he did, everyone would look at him like he’d lost his mind. ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE COLONIES WAS BRITISH! He said, “The Regulars are coming,” one replied.

9. The Salem Witch Trials

Another shared, “No one in Salem was burnt at the stake during the Salem witch trials. Instead, most of them were hung, with one being crushed under rocks.

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10. The Medieval Times

Someone volunteered, “Almost everything about the medieval times. Hollywood highly influences our image of it.” Another added, “That people used swords and axes all the time.

Spears. Its spears most of human history has been spears. Vikings used spears, and samurai and knights used spears. Bayonets exist because people feel you always need a spear, even with a rifle.”

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit discussion about things people believe are 100% facts about history that aren’t true. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.



Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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