People Break Down Historical Events Some Folks Believe To Be True But Are 100% Fake

When I was seven, I saw a cartoon of Ben Franklin discovering electricity when lightning accidentally struck a kite that he was flying. I didn’t totally understand how that helped him discover electricity, but since I was only seven, I believed that to be what happened.

The truth is, Ben Franklin did not actually discover electricity -- that happened over 1,000 years prior. He just demonstrated the connection between lightning and electricity.

Moreover, his kite was not accidentally struck by lightning. If it was, the lighting would’ve struck him by extension, and he might not have even survived long enough to demonstrate his findings. In fact, the kite was part of an experiment that he conducted on purpose.

I know all this now, but not everyone does. A lot of people still believe lightning accidentally struck Ben Franklin’s kite, and that he discovered electricity through that happy accident. And that is just one of the many historic events that people believe in.

However, most of those events either didn’t happen at all or happened differently than we may think.

Redditors have recognized a lot of other historical events or facts that people believe, but are actually fake or untrue, and have shared this information.


It all started when Redditor FarajEltaira asked:

“What is a part of history that we consider to be a fact is 100% fake?”

The Absence Of Color

"Ninjas dressed in all black to stay stealthy in the night or something like that. Ninjas dressed like normal people to blend in, the all black look stemmed from Japanese theatre to make it more obvious to the audience who the ninjas were."

"If they wore all black it'd be quite obvious and they'd stick out like a sore thumb"

"EDIT: most of you pointed out it also came from stagehands, that makes a lot of sense too"

– Darth_Fata*s

Pull It Tight

"Corsets were not typically tight laced. They were only tight laced by the highly fashionable women, and usually only for particular events or portraits. Corsets were designed to be comfortable. Women wore a cotton layer underneath the corset, so it didn't rub against the skin. The corset was more like a bra, bit instead of using the shoulders to support it used the whole torso. Some people claim they are much more comfortable than modern bras. The intense proportions of the past were achieved with Corsets AND padding. Tight lacing was uncommon, but layers of petticoats or hoops or bum rolls or whatever else at the time was very common to give women the trendy body shape at the time."

– yikesemu

In The Ring

"The image of Roman gladiators fighting to the death. While there were many exhibition fights in the arenas where the goal was death, these were not gladiator contests. Prisoners, and the condemned, were thrown out to fight to the death, but not real gladiators.Training a gladiator was an expensive, and lengthy, investment and having them die constantly would be bad for business."

– Sorripto

"The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere

"Paul Revere did not run around Massachusetts shouting "The British 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 actually said, "The Regulars are coming""

– Kind-Detective1774

"He also only carried that message for a small stretch of the ride. There were about a half dozen messengers passing it along. We remember Paul Revere as the only rider because, no joke, his name fit best in Longfellow’s poem"

– JRBehr

All The Information

"The Lady who sued McDonalds didn't do so frivolously. She received third degree burns from how hot that coffee was, and needed a skin graft. It was quickly found that that location was keeping the coffee well above the temperature you can legally serve a hot drink in a cup at. The fact that most people think this suit was over the temperature of the coffee, and not the debilitating burns that woman recieved, is one of the PR worlds greatest triumphs. You are not immune to propaganda."

– P41nB0i

All You Read Is Not True

"That Einstein said “ The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”"

– Tjblacka*s

""Don't believe everything you read on the internet" - Albert Einstein"

– AceBean27

Math Genius

"Einstein never failed math, the rumor started from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Einstein actually responded to them 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 though and did fail French."

– Think-Huckleberry965

A Quiet Night

"The Boston Tea party didn’t have some grand celebration, a lot of the colonists were confused and it’s recorded as one of Boston’s most quiet nights"

– _britishpeople76

Time Difference

"A stegosaurus fighting a t rex. They lived millions of years apart . Stegosaurus 144 lived million years ago T rex 65 million years ago."

"Insane difference. Still almost most every dinosaur related media places them together."

– NLSecondguess

"Whatever the f*ck is on the History Channel nowadays."

– wiseowl777

"I know the exact moment I gave up on the History Channel. A guy came in to a pawn shop with a uniform and said, "it's from the war with the Philippines.""

"The guy in the shop said, "there's no such thing as the war with the Philippines.""

"My undergrad senior thesis was on the Philippine-American war."

– sadwer

"It ain't even historical anymore they should rename it as the "whatever we feel like it" channel"

– ami-the-gae

"What's Up, Doc?"

"Rabbits CANNOT live on a diet of carrots and fruits. It’s like asking a toddler to live on a diet of candy. They also cannot live on a diet of completely lettuce and leaves (though it’s close)."

"Rabbits need need need hay for a healthy diet, and pellets are heavily recommended as well(though they also have limits, should be in the bag according to the bunny’s weight). Greens are good, not to be the main main diet, and fruits or carrots can be given as treats."

"Bugs Bunny led a lot of people to believe rabbits live off of carrots. They do not. They will die if you expect them to live on a diet of 100% carrots."

– Random_Loaf

The Teeth Of The Matter

"That George Washington had wooden teeth. He had false teeth, yes. But they were made of ivory. He never had wooden teeth."

– randomthoughtsofnaps

A Wooden Horse?

"The Trojan Horse wasn't real. Historians are all pretty much unanimous on this."

– the-ender-enby

"My personal theory is that the trojan horse story relates to a traitor within Troy's cavalry"

– TheMissingThink

"William Howard Taft never got stuck in a bathtub!"

– Alexxx_starlet

"I also find it weird/hilarious/sad that that's what he's known for instead of being known for being the only person to have served as both President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court."

– Flashpenny

Is it weird that I’m sad the bathtub thing turned out to be false?

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