One of the Old West's greatest heroes, Buffalo Bill Cody, had a knack for foregoing. His new vulnerabilities as a guardsman as well as wild boar hunter have been chronicled in books, magazine articles, and other publications.  He even staged and recreated his escapes, launching his Wild West show in the 1800’s.

We bet you didn’t know that camels were originally planned for settling the western part of the U.S. It turns out that while the camels were effective at transportation all across the desert – one gathering even traveled 1,200 miles from Texas to just a Los Angeles observation post – the Civil War disrupted the experiment, and many of the animals were sold at auction off, eventually ended up in circus acts, mines, and rail building, while others escaped and roamed free.

Although some movie generalizations are accurate, the real Old West is differentiated throughout many ways from what you'd expect, with camels, cannibalism, and more famous people than it would be possible to count.

There’s more mind bending examples below:

The kind of quick-draw duel you see in + Westerns almost never happened. The extremely famous one involving Bill Hickok is so famous because of its rarity - it's not at all a representative example of what people would do. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


The little pocket-in-a-pocket in jeans is actually a relic of the Old West. The tiny pocket was put there so cowboys could safely keep their pocket watch in (it probably helped when they were on horseback). NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Tumbleweeds are actually an invasive species that came from Russia. Russian immigrants apparently brought it by accident to South Dakota in the 1870s on contaminated flax seeds, and it spread from there. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Sitting Bull played himself in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show for a while. The job was easy (he just had to ride around the arena once a week) and the pay was good, but he got tired of it pretty soon anyway. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


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