Look, it's not our mission here to prove that history is bullshit. It's just that what you learn in school tends to be boiled down to a few highlights that can be plowed through in one period, and what you learn in movies is the product of some screenwriter pounding it out over a coke-fueled weekend. We turn real human beings into heroes, villains, and crude stereotypes.
The truth is more complicated, as proven by the fact that ...
8Mother Teresa Accepted Money From Criminals And Deliberately Neglected Patients
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Is there anyone whose reputation is more bulletproof than Mother Teresa? The Catholic nun dedicated her life to helping the impoverished in India, and her work not only won her the Nobel Peace Prize but earned her the fast track to legitimate sainthood. But some people have come out of the woodwork to question Teresa's integrity, including atheist pot-stirrer Christopher Hitchens, who released a documentary about her provocatively entitled Hell's Angel.
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For those not familiar with Hitchens, he's that guy you always feel vaguely like
an asshole for agreeing with.
Among the charges against Mother Teresa are that the conditions in her hospital were actually downright appalling, with some medical professionals comparing it to a concentration camp. Since then former members of the religious order she founded have come forward to reveal that the money donated didn't necessarily go toward the poor, and the people lived in horrifying conditions where nurses prepared medicine with their bare hands and reused blunt needles, because apparently you can pray away cross-contamination.
Apparently, Mother Teresa wasn't too concerned about the poor conditions in her hospital because, according to her, suffering brought people closer to Jesus, and she refrained from using anesthesia because relieving people's pain was less important than converting them to Christianity. Apparently that didn't apply to Teresa, because when she fell ill herself, she sought treatment in a modern American hospital. But, hell, she already knew about Jesus.
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"So how's about we get a little less prophetic and a little more anesthetic."
But critics also point out that Teresa wasn't too concerned about who she took donations from, and so she became a lightning rod for criminals and tyrants who wanted to make themselves look better by being able to say that they donated to Mother Teresa. Among her top donors were Jean-Claude Duvalier, brutal dictator of Haiti, and banker Charles Keating, who was convicted in the 1990s for fraud and racketeering. On top of everything else, in 1991 it was revealed that only a small amount of the money donated to Mother Teresa's organization could be accounted for. The rest probably went directly into the Vatican's bank vaults, because if there's anyone who needs money more than the poor people of India, it's the pope.
7Leonardo Da Vinci Was A Muscular Male Model
If Hollywood made a movie about Leonardo Da Vinci and cast, say, The Rock in the lead role, you'd probably think that was hilarious. After all, when you imagine Leonardo Da Vinci, you're most likely picturing a wizened old bearded guy. While this is the image that has survived through the centuries, the truth is that, in his time, Da Vinci was in fact known for being less Dumbledore and more Dwayne Johnson.
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And sometimes wore his suit backwards, apparently.
Multiple accounts from Leonardo's time had people mentioning how taken aback they were by his good looks, with some describing him as "a man of great beauty." In fact, it's thought that his first tutor, Verrocchio, probably initially hired him as a model rather than a student.
But Da Vinci didn't just have incredible cheekbones. His particular obsession with studying the male physique came in part from his own absurd level of fitness. Men in those days had a hard time building large contraptions by hand without the help of machinery, and Da Vinci's reputation for being a master builder starts with the fact that he himself was built like a brick shithouse. It's said that he was able to impress people at parties by bending horseshoes with one hand.
A stunt this walking gym membership ad of a man needs both hands and a fair bit of grunting to pull off.
All this time, we've been doing Leonardo's memory a disservice by picturing him as an eccentric old tinkerer, when in reality he was like someone put the brain of Bruce Banner in the body of The Hulk.