Most Enduring Myths in American History

Even idea fake news phenomenon fake news

founded fake news president ish fake news

written Trump amateur People claiming Washington wooden

teeth dentures metal ivory display Mount Vernon

But nope myth wooden teeth continues endure

centuries read closer enduring American myths truths

young George Washington lie According legend George

Washington years chopped dad cherry tree hatchet

When dad confronted George supposedly confessed claiming

lie nice tale true Turns story appeared

1806 autobiography Washington writer admitted beloved president

unparalleled rise elevation Great Virtues Baseball invented

Cooperstown Every fan America pastime born Cooperstown

New York But history cooked 1907 committee

charged figuring origins baseball They credit Abner

Doubleday Civil War hero allegedly invented game

Cooperstown 1839 The truth Doubleday wasn fan

sport creator Variations baseball 18th century children

games rounders cricket Baseball today brainchild New

Yorker Alexander Joy Cartwright volunteer firefighter bank

clerk strike rules diamond shaped infield foul

lines Columbus discovery America How European explorer

credit holiday astonishing Let start basics You

discover occupied That discovering leftover pizza friend

refrigerator But discount Native Americans Columbus years

late European America personal Costco Norse explorer

Leif Erikson beat punch landing shores 10th

century What Columbus didn set foot United

States landed Caribbean islands Central South America

Witches burned stake Salem examples epic Jerkdom

witch trials Salem Massachusetts Between February 1692

May 1693 people accused practicing Devil magic

including elderly homeless year girl grilled stand

Most jailed hanged Gallows Hill year man

crushed heavy stones But burned Nada Not

single person shouted character Monty Python sketch

She witch Burn Sorry Paul Revere midnight

ride Paul Revere shouting The British coming

streets modern day equivalent running Times Square

New York shouting The Americans coming point

colonies technically British cool idea revolution More

Paul Revere dozens assigned word Boston whispered

alarm warning British The regulars coming Henry

Wadsworth Longfellow patriotic poem knowing Paul Revere

Benjamin Franklin thought turkeys national bird Misinterpreting

jokes isn unique century Writing daughter Paris

1784 Benjamin Franklin complained daughter Sarah newly

formed United States bald eagle national symbol

The bald eagle bad moral character Franklin

wrote rank coward living honestly steals food

birds lazy fish proposed drawing looked turkey

joked idea turkey true original native America

bird courage hesitate invade farm yard red

coat remembered include smiley face emoticon confused

Walt Disney drew Mickey Mouse The legendary

animation pioneer guy Disneyland common expression celebration

free didn draw famous creation Sure Mickey

Mouse idea voice But iconic Mickey Mouse

pancake ears red shorts creation Iwerks Disney

favorite animator The time wearing Mickey Mouse

shirt fan Iwerks Cowboys wore cowboy hats

Have photo actual cowboy actors John Wayne

Clint Eastwood real cowboys Butch Cassidy Wyatt

Earp Bill Doolin Billy Kid wearing cowboy

hats Probably Real cowboys American frontier good

guys bad guys big bulky Stetsons associates

The popular headgear 19th century gunslingers bowler

called derby The Declaration Independence signed July

4th You people today complain trust government

Turns true The Continental Congress voted independence

drafted declaration 2nd July revision approved 4th

read aloud time 8th final document wasn

signed August 2nd John Adams president convinced

July 2nd annual holiday solemnized Pomp Parade

shews Games Sports Guns Bells Bonfires Illuminations

End continent Time wrote You sooooo close

Johnny boy The 1929 Wall Street crash

caused suicides Black Tuesday October 1929 considered

shocking stock market crash history Not financial

devastation bodies rained sky New York cities

financially ruined investors jumped skyscrapers Except didn

happen There suicides jumping tall buildings Wall

Street crash elderly female clerk named Hulda

Borowski leap stocks plummeted Richard Nixon environmentalist

The 37th president man affectionately nicknamed Tricky

Dick pass bit legislation administration construed environmentally

friendly His signature EPA Safe Drinking Water

Act But period rivers smog filled air

clogged cities president country overrun zombies Hey

zombies bold stance Also Nixon purportedly told

leaders Ford Motor Company environmentalists wanted live

bunch dang animals They group people dang

bit interested safety clean air What interested

destroying Pocahontas fell love John Smith Never

history Disney movies The essence Pocahontas John

Smith story true young Native American girl

befriend Englishman relationship saved Jamestown colony But

Pocahontas romantic relationship year dude gross 17th

century standards Also real wasn Pocahontas That

nickname roughly translated Little Playful One Little

Mischief Her formal names included Matoaka Amonute

Thomas Edison invented electric light bulb Edison

record number patents 093 exact vast majority

weren inventions guy smart real inventors steal

ideas credit Edison patent light bulb 1880

true father Warren Rue British astronomer chemist

created light bulb years earlier The War

The Worlds caused mass hysteria Orson Welles

fooled 1938 radio broadcast homage Wells reported

Martian invasion happening real Thousands bought prank

Okay hundreds Fine baker dozen guy farmer

coaxed posing photo Life Magazine angrily brandishing

shotgun The point Orson Welles trick listeners

thinking attack extraterrestrials guy overalls believed mass

hysteria Betsy Ross designed sewed American Flag

The proof Betsy Ross creating American flag

grandson William Canby argued 1870 decade events

question gam gam idea You forgive sounds

fishy Betsy contribution flag suggested pointed star

pointed easier sew The real creator Francis

Hopkinson New Jersey signed Declaration Independence designed

seals government departments When paid coming American

flag denied Board Admiralty grounds consulted Ouch

Thanksgiving Pretty Thanksgiving isn true The story

told time time Pilgrims happy meal Native

Americans realizing Hey Let turkey stuffing celebrate

Nope The real story involves plagues Pilgrims

showing thought Native Americans sick dead easy

steal food closer holiday experience people experience

today screaming tears accusations hurt feelings Just

add lot violence realistic Cars invented America

When car Henry Ford Model introduced 1908

swell automobile stretch imagination horseless carriage That

happened 19th century European engineers Carl Benz

Emile Levassor making automobile innovations light years

Ford Benz patented automobile 1886 Ford wasn

sell cars That Ransom Olds selling Oldsmobiles

1901 price 18Lincoln percent slavery Abraham Lincoln

Emancipation Proclamation 1862 complicated conflicting ideas slavery

1862 letter prominent newspaper editor shared ambiguous

emotions save Union freeing slave save freeing

slaves save freeing leaving What slavery colored

race helps save Union yeah fair Lincoln

freed slaves But fair note totally open

plan The Founding Fathers Christians Not close

Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Franklin deists believed God

holy books commandments written stone George Washington

Episcopalian strong believer summon pastor deathbed John

Adams Unitarian claimed The government United States

sense founded Christian religion Also weird pyramid

single eye dollar Einstein bad math stories

people bad grades love Sure flunked math

test Einstein Yeah burst bubble true Einstein

brilliant early age The story terrible math

invented Ripley Believe Not newspaper column 30s

click baiting click baiting title Greatest living

mathematician failed mathematics When Princeton rabbi shared

story Einstein 1935 laughed failed mathematics Before

mastered differential integral calculus The Battle Alamo

fought America free You constant reminders Remember

Alamo realized remembered wasn noble The Americans

died Alamo weren fighting freedom Just fact

Texas technically Mexico War Independence Spain slavery

banned Mexico 1829 didn Texans happy They

wanted slaves General Santa Anna Nope holed

Alamo San Antonio rest Feminists burn bras

Where idea feminists burn bras started women

liberation protest Atlantic City New Jersey 1968

Miss America pageant bras instruments torture girdles

high heel shoes dumped trash set ablaze

But time bra burned expression female power

America Singlehandedly Beat Hitler The played huge

defeating Nazis World War But credit The

Nazis defeated Soviet Union While lost lives

World War Russians lost staggering The Puritans

New World seeking religious freedom The problem

sentence freedom started 1593 Protestant Separatists emigrated

Holland England chance practice religious preferences interference

The problem Holland allowed religious freedom free

reign Judaism Catholicism atheism pure Puritan hearts

jumped Mayflower Charles Lindbergh solo transatlantic crossing

airplane weird word special When Charles Lindbergh

solo flight New York Paris 1927 historic

And shouldn Does Lindbergh flight mention plane

years earlier 1919 piloted British aviators Alcock

Brown They flown nonstop Newfoundland Ireland Vickers

Vimy biplane The Wild West violent filled

gunfire bank robberies murder Between 1859 1900

estimated bank robberies entirety called Wild West

And grand total gun murders frontier towns

year There gun murders cities today time

read sentence The infamous 1881 shootout Corral

Tombstone Arizona Earp brothers exchanged gunfire Clanton

McLaury gang body count The Star Spangled

Banner American tune composed fair written poet

Francis Scott Key originally Fort McHenry Baltimore

fought British navy 1814 But music notes

heart remember originally 18th century British drinking

song called Anacreon Heav men social club

called Anacreontic Society lot booze fiddle playing

Some sample lyrics Voice fiddle flute longer

mute lend inspire boot And instruct intwine

The myrtle Venus Bacchus vine Not lot

flag patriotism garbled song baseball game spirit

The Martini invented gold miner During twilight

Gold Rush story miner walked bar Occidental

Hotel Martinez California asked strongest drink conceivable

dull ache coming handed The bartender whipped

gin vermouth splashed olive juice classic libation

invented Only corroborate tall tale fact popular

origin stories martini credited Randolph Martine judge

New York nope drank Champagne Alessandro Martini

founder Martini vermouth nope drank stuff straight

19th century mixologist Jerry Thomas nope version

red vermouth The truth credibly identify history

stands martini result collective centuries honed consciousness

American spirit innovation Funny drink steadfast champion

Atlantic Johnny Appleseed myth turns myth myth

myth Johnny Appleseed folkloric hero early days

country real dude His birth John Chapman

And head hometown Leominster Massachusetts dedicated granite

marker birthplace The street renamed city planners

stuck mythical moniker Johnny Appleseed Lane Houston

problem good incorrect The actual utterance Houston

problem The revolution kicked bang aware shot

heard phrase coined Ralph Waldo Emerson gunshot

Battle Lexington Concord spark Revolutionary War legend

musket shot marked armed violent conflict Colonies

British Not According Ray Raphael seminal Founding

Myths farmers staged violent uprisings Red Coats

1774 entire year prior Battle Walt Disney

cryogenically frozen There long perpetuated myth Walt

Disney 1966 death body cryogenically frozen intent

revived technology permits This rumor demonstrably false

Disney cremated ashes thrown wind Forest Lawn

Memorial Lake The person posthumously frozen James

Bedford 1967 Bedford body lock key folks

Alcor Life Extension Foundation time independence pirates

stopped Hollywood Treasure Island knockoffs 18th century

pirates wrapped steal stuff kill people shtick

But pirates operated 19th century fact high

profile case pirate Charles Gibbs née James

Jeffers didn 1832 convicted mutiny murder hanged

death Ellis Island Yes Ellis Island note

prosecuting attorney happened son Alexander Hamilton There

original colonies taught United States America spawned

thirteen original colonies turns colonies Delaware wasn

officially colony 1776 revolution kicked Before majority

18th century colony Great Britain And incorporation

Delaware Pennsylvania colony There America original set

dozen The Supreme Court members When Supreme

Court founded 1789 justices sat bench 1807

swelled Thirty years jumped And throes Civil

War 1863 bench increased dropping decade circuit

court justice bench familiar blood constitutional mandate

Under political circumstances political party fully controlling

house senate White House supreme court grow

theoretically members unified congressional fact 1930s Franklin

Roosevelt attempted boost bench whopping plan shot

senate 36The Liberty Bell crack happened July

1776 Even writers Game Thrones couldn pull

plot point convenient perpetuated myth enthusiastic patriots

cracked Liberty Bell ringing hard day declared

independence Historians trace crack 1750s large today

result regular wear tear William Taft stuck

bathtub William Howard Taft 27th POTUS accounts

massive man height width clocked pounds popular

legend Taft stuck White House bathtub The

truth matter fun Taft staff special ordered

bathtub large comfortably sit grown men large

fact pound behemoth couldn stuck The bathtub

myth stemmed post presidency leisure visit hotel

New Jersey reported 1913 article Philadelphia Inquirer

Purportedly Taft caused tub room overflow leading

leakage floor dining room illegal burn flag

fair illegal burn flag majority American history

But Supreme Court ruled 1989 Texas Johnson

preventing burning flag amendment violation The Court

upheld decision 1990 Eichman That times places

military funeral practice considered illegal Washington capital

Our official capital city 1774 Philadelphia But

short order countries leaders bounced convened large

cities Baltimore New York City esteemed locales

Trenton New Jersey Annapolis Maryland Lancaster Pennsylvania

holds unique claim capital day Second Continental

Congress convened single day September 1777 The

District Columbia didn capital set stone decree

sheer statues landmarks 1819 George Washington President

Let began president kind president naturally assume

George number During American Revolution presidents elected

Continental Congress Peyton Randolph created Continental Army

Thomas Mifflin president 1783 1784 oversaw ratification

Treaty Paris John Hancock famous signing Declaration

Independence president 1785 1786 George Washington president

elected people technically speaking 15th president bit

examine wilder history books Present Day Facts

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