Some inventors get so little credit that we completely forgot about them, and since we really don't like angering the ghosts of people who could probably invent a way to punch us from beyond the grave, here they are.
There are whole other books that used to be part of the Bible, until someone took a hard look and said, 'No way.' And it's too bad, because some of the miracles performed in these apocryphal texts are freaking amazing.
It turns out that a whole lot of famous firsts are credited to the wrong people, due to politics, bad luck, or outright lies.
It turns out that some of the most-read books in the world were in fact rejected for some really preposterous reasons over the years.
We've really botched some history in the name of so-so television.
Whatever your fixation was, you probably outgrew it and moved on to something else. We can't say the same about these guys, because their freakish infatuations changed the world.
The problem with sarcasm, is that sometimes you can do it so well (or so poorly) that people don't realize you're joking.
Every family has its black sheep, but some families have a cousin who helped end the lives of millions of people.
In real life, most prison escapes aren't the result of mind-blowingly complex schemes, but a combination of dumb luck, indifferent guards, and unintentional hilarity.
Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes
For every terrible tragedy history has handed us, there is an infinitely long list of disasters that we narrowly missed.
The first real president of the United States was a Highlander. He thwarted death, fell into the presidency, and succeeded only by the most fortuitous of flukes.
When you start sifting through rare photos of secret projects and behind-the-scenes shenanigans that didn't make into the history books, you get lots of pictures that just look downright fake.