28 Moments From History Your Sweaty-Pits Professor Totally Spaced On

28 Moments From History Your Sweaty-Pits Professor Totally Spaced On

Rounding up these falsehoods was equal parts satisfying and earth-shattering. It felt nice to finally get the truth, but there was an ickiness in knowing that we’ve been lied to all these years. Sorry to pass on that icky feeling today, but you really should see the rewrites in these history books.

Rita Hayworth was the top pinup girl of the 1940s. She underwent a painful ethnic makeover. Rita was born Margarita Carmen Cansino. She was raised in a Spanish dance family, and spent much of her childhood dancing in bars. When she tried to make it in Hollywood she was told that that her lack of success was due to her being way too Spanish-y. So she underwent painful electrolysis to raise her hairline, then dyed her black hair red. Next came skin lightening - a dangerously unregulated practice even now. Imagine how it must have been in the 1930s. CRACKED.COM Susan Ware,

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Beef myths AARON BURR The election of 1800 didn't cause the Hamilton-Burr duel, but it was due to Hamilton's supposed bad-mouthing of Burr when Burr was running for governor of New York in 1804. ALEXANDER HAMILTON CRACKED

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CRACKED.COM MYTH: Immigrants' last names were Americanized on Ellis Island Officials at Ellis Island didn't record names onto paper. Changes to names were made later, by the immigrants themselves.

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CRACKED.COM MYTH: The Pilgrims definitely landed on Plymouth Rock It wasn't until 121 years after William Bradford & Co. set foot on land that there's any mention of the granite. A son of a Pilgrim told of its signification, but the only surviving firsthand accounts make no mention of it.

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CRACKED BURNING AT THE STAKE AT THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS People often think that witches were burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials, but that's not true. In reality, 19 of the accused were hanged and one was pressed to death with heavy stones.

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CRACKED CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PROVING THE EARTH WAS ROUND. Christopher Columbus didn't set out to prove the Earth was round, because educated people already knew it was a sphere in the 15th century.

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CRACKED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA The Library of Alexandria wasn't destroyed in one big event, but over a long period of time. Fires, lack of care, and the fact that papyrus scrolls were becoming outdated all played a part in its destruction.

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