As it turns out, many presidents spent their younger years going on Hollywood-worthy adventures through history, doling out Old West-style justice and opening casino bars in the South Pacific.
Crystal balls? More like Schweddy Balls.
We cling to certain well-known tales that help us easily label and categorize our presidents. There's only one problem with these little nuggets of awesome: Not nearly all of them are true.
In every system at every level of society, you're bound to come across at least one group bent on exploiting you with puppy-punching ruthlessness.
Image manipulation can be a lot of things: awful, malicious, or just downright deceiving. But it can also be fun. Really fun.
Sometimes geography itself becomes the Overlook Hotel of history.
No one pictures their sweet grandma strafing the border with an AK-47 in one hand and a Molotov cocktail in the other, raining down death and destruction as epic as her homemade apple pie. But it does happen.
History books are full of PG-13 violence. Here are the directors' cuts.
Most of the time, what we find enthralling about terrible people are the ways they go belly up. Most of the time ...
If we'd just taken a few minutes to learn some history, none of these stories would have shocked us.
Let's face it: For all our advancements and scientific discoveries, there's still a whole bunch of stuff we're completely clueless about.
It's actually physically impossible for people in authority positions to admit they're wrong, which is why we get situations like these.
Government is somebody coming up with a plan that sounds great on paper, only to be hilariously thwarted by human nature within minutes of it passing.