15 Myths About History You Probably Believe

  • April 18, 2015
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9. The Plymouth Pilgrims Didn't Celebrate the First Thanksgiving

Pilgrims are credited with celebrating the first Thanksgiving but it turns out there’d been a similar feast in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565 with Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles.

10. Henry Ford Did Not Invent the Assembly Line

Henry Ford Did Not Invent the Assembly Line

Henry Ford is credited with inventing the assembly line, but it was actually a guy named Ransom Eli Olds who came up with the idea around the turn of the 20th century.

11. The Nursery Rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is Not About the Plague

It’s believed this kid’s rhyme is about the black plague, but in reality it’s kind of like footloose - Protestants banned dancing in the 19th century so rhymes were created to circumvent that ban.

12. Paul Revere Never Said "The British Are Coming"

The famous “midnight ride” of Paul Revere was primarily an invention of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, though Revere did spread the word - only he was one of about 40 guys doing it.

13. There Were Actually Survivors at The Alamo

Despite what movies and legend have taught you, not everyone at the Alamo was killed, as there were many women and children there whose lives were spared, in addition to some soldiers.

14. Roman Vomitoriums Weren't Used for Vomiting

When you hear “vomitorium” you probably associate it with puking, but in reality it actually means “passageway” and refers to where you basically went in and out of buildings like the Coliseum.

15. Feminists Never Burned Bras for Women's Liberation

The women’s liberation was believed to involve women burning bras, but the truth is when draft cards were burned, some bras were thrown into the fire and somehow the two became entwined.