Ah, the mysteries of history. And the mysteries of education. It seems like no matter how much we learn, there are still so many misconceptions and inaccuracies that persist. From Napoleon’s height to the Declaration of Independence, there are so many stories that have been spun and twisted over time; from the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Salem Witch Trials, it’s often hard to separate fact from fiction. But that’s what we’re here to do today. In this list, we’ll be debunking 13 widely believed yet totally inaccurate historical facts. 

From the idea that slaves built the Great Pyramids, to the misconception that knights were born into their title, to the myth that Napoleon was short, to the widely accepted notion that Marie-Antoinette said "Let them eat cake," these are some of the most common and enduring historical inaccuracies. So, if you’re ready to set the record and your history teacher straight, let’s dive in and explore these 13 widely believed yet totally inaccurate historical facts.

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CRACKED Old people used to be rare. Contrary to popular belief, people in the past could live to be quite old. Archaeological evidence and records show that humans have been able to reach their 70s, 80s, and even 90s for the past 160,000 years.
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