You're not gonna believe this, but they didn't have camera phones in olden and ancient times. Heck, their didn't even have those cumbersome big ol' joints with the huge curtains that photographers hid under while they pressed a button. You know, like the ones you see in movies with carnivals and stuff? Hey, speaking of movies, that's where we get a lot of our images of historical figures. Movies, black-and-white photos, paintings, whatever Disney decides history is…that's how we form our mental pictures.

Bummer of all bummers, your mental image of historical figures may not be up-to-date. All that stuff we mentioned can be a little misleading, as it turns out. History looks downright unfamiliar sometimes—even taking a time machine just to look around would mess with your head so much you might not recover. Here are 12 people from history we might not recognize if they walked up and introduce themselves.

St. Nick had a crooked nose From studying the remains of the man behind Santa Claus, researchers know jolly ol' St. Nick had a badly broken nose that healed asymmetrically. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

Malcom X had red hair The human rights activist had red hair when he was younger, which earned him the nickname Detroit Red. CRACKED.COM

Source: Stanford

Thomas Jefferson was a redhead Jefferson wore hair powder and owned wigs so it might not have been as obviious that the third president of the United States was a ginger. CRACKED.COM

Source: Monticello

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