We’ve known for a while that the Gauls didn’t eat wild boar, whereas Asterix and Obelix wanted us to believe so. We also know that Marie Antoinette who says ” Let them eat cake “ to the lower people who no longer have bread, it was mytho. But despite all that, there are historical facts that we believed to be certain, in which we could have confidence. Well no, it was a prank and we were tricked again. And like at Topito, lies and deception, we don’t really like that, we decided to restore the truth for you.
1. Albert Einstein was a dunce
Rumor has it he failed his math class. So yes, he was dyslexic, didn’t like school and was rambunctious. But he had very good marks in mathematics and chemistry (a little less in French, we grant you that, but you can’t be good everywhere). And if he failed the entrance exam to the Ecole Polytechnique during his first attempt, he passed it hands down the second time. In truth, this myth serves more as an excuse for people who are too lazy to work and who think that all geniuses and rich men didn’t give a damn about school. Spoiler alert: FALSE!
2. The nose of the Sphinx was destroyed in a battle between the Turkish armies and those of Napoleon
We could also have thought that it was Obélix who broke the Sphinx’s nose while climbing it, but since we’ve already been fooled once with the boars and the Gauls, we preferred to believe that it was a cannonball of misaligned cannon, sent by Napoleon’s troops who were fighting against the Turks during the Egyptian campaign, which had caused this damage. Except that engravings dating from before this time have been found and the Sphinx no longer had its nose. It would in fact be a Muslim cleric opposed to this pagan idol and not supporting that one comes to make offerings to him who would have broken the nose of the sphinx. He was later hanged for vandalism.
3. Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover America
He wanted to go to India but took the wrong road, blablabla, we know the story. Except that Christopher Columbus is absolutely not the first European to have discovered the American continent in 1492 because the Vikings had already been there centuries earlier. Leif Erikson, son of Erik Le Rouge, sailed from Greenland before discovering Canada and establishing a colony in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador at the very beginning of the 11th century.
4. Voltaire said, “I don’t agree, but I will fight until the end so that you can say it”
So we agree huh, it’s a very nice sentence to justify freedom of expression, all that, all that, except that it does not come from the philosophy of the Enlightenment and that it has no never been pronounced by Voltaire. This error comes from a work devoted to the philosopher, written by the Briton Evelyn Beatrice Hall who erroneously attributed this quote to Voltaire. She also admitted her mistake. And by the way, Galileo didn’t say either ” And yet it moves “. I know, the disappointment is great.
5. Cleopatra was Egyptian
As a former queen of Egypt, that seems pretty logical to us. Well no, lost. She is actually Greek because she descends from General Ptolemy who became Great King of Egypt when the empire was divided under Alexander the Great. She therefore belonged to the Macedonian dynasty of the Lagides.
6. The Stonehenge monoliths haven’t moved since they were built
If the monoliths are a stone construction whose origin but above all the purpose are still very mysterious, we know with certainty that the arrangement of the stones has not always been the one we know. Indeed, at the beginning of the 20th century, Professor Gowland and Colonel Hawley had excavations carried out, not hesitating to move the stones. Half of the site was stripped and although cranes were used to put stones back up, some elements were broken, but above all the layout was transformed.
7. The Pythagorean theorem was discovered by Pythagoras
One might think that this theorem bears the name of its author, but no. The Pythagorean theorem was discovered centuries ago by the Chinese and the Babylonians. Pythagoras simply improved it and made it accessible to everyone. We’re not going to lie to each other, it still smells a little copy-pasted.
8. Coca-Cola changed the color of Santa’s costume.
Legend has it that Santa Claus was always represented with a green suit until Coco-Cola made a big marketing campaign with a red suit, the color of the brand. However, if Coca-Cola helped popularize the red suit, the Santa Claus we know today actually comes from an illustrator named Thomas Nast who, in 1836, made him red by combining it with Uncle Sat.
9. Cowboy hats come from the cowboys themselves
It would be rather relevant to think that the cowboys invented their own hats. Except that’s not the case: originally, cowboys mostly wore bowler hats which were very popular at the time. High hats with long brims designed for horsemen had already been worn since the 13th century by Mongolian horsemen. It was designer John B. Stetson’s hats that popularized the cowboy hat that we know from 1860. This hatter, suffering from tuberculosis, decided to travel to the western United States. United to discover his country before dying and found during his expedition that the hats worn by cowboys were very poor. This is how he started making the famous Stetson hats.
10. There was a wave of stockbroker suicides after the crash of 1929
Rumor has it that there was an epidemic of banker suicides by defenestration on Black Thursday of 1929, the day of the famous stock market crash. While there were indeed several suicides during this period, most had nothing to do with the situation and studies have shown that there was no peak in suicides at this time.