18 Historical Moments (That Get Pictured Wrong)

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Thanks to movies and history books, we've all got pictures in our mind of how famous historical places, people, and things looked. And more often than you'd think, that mental image is completely wrong. Sometimes the past was way more - or way less - impressive than people realize.

For example...


1967 1969 1967 If you immediately think of tie- -dye when You think of the hippie scene of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the '60s, think again. T

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The Victorians saw Christmas as a time to have a laugh. Their Christmas card art included stuff like a child stuck in a teapot, mice riding lobsters,

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CRACKEDcO Napoleon wasn't really that short, He was about 5'6. That was about the average 6 180 height of men 170 at the time.. 1GO 5 10 110 130 120

If you're picturing Easter Island statues as disembodied heads, you're picturing them wrong. They're ull-body sculptures, just mostly buried in the hi


CRACKEDCONT If planing a trip to Egypt, don't expect your views of the Pyramids of Giza to be like this. Giza is a modern city and the Great Pyramids

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JURASSIC PARK'S VELOCIRAPTORS ARE MISSING THEIR FEATHERS. The real Velociraptor was the size of a turkey, with fully-feathered wings. Crichton's famou

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Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, a representation of Paradise and a symbol of love. However, the nearby banks of the Yamuna River a


Viking$ did not wear horned helmetse Carl Emil Doepler is the main culprit behind this notion. He included horned helmets as part of his costume desig

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One in four cowboys were African-American. In the aftermath of the Civil War, being a cowboy was one of the most popular professions among former slav

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When you experience art through computer screens and printed reproductions, you often get a false sense of the visual scale that is part of the histor

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Gladiator fights weren't a gory free-for-all, but had strict rules and referees. One gladiator's tombstone inscription complains that a bad referee ca

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SURGERY during the CIVIL WAR was not as painful as typically depicted. In fact, 95%of surgical procedures involved anesthesia by the use of chloroform

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The iconic Migrant Mother photo isn't a lucky snapshot: Dorothea Lange carefully composed the image for the greatest impact on the viewer.

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CRACKED COM Because of black and white photography, Victorian & Edwardian clothing is most often thought of and depicted as black, white, grey, and br

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NDAO Samurai used guns and were proud of it. When firearms were introduced to Japan, many samurai and their men started using guns to replace bows as

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Cowboys of the Wild West typically wore Bowler style hats. Stetson style cowboy hats were only popularized at the end of the 19th century. ORACKEDOON

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Cave didn't men really live in caves. Rather, there's evidence that prehistoric humans spent most of the year hunting in the wilds, hunkering in cav

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IND Pirates' loot was mostly stuff like food and fabric, which they almost never stashed in buried chests. Burying that loot would ruin it, and anyway