26 Side By Side Comparisons That Fix Your Image Of History

Through Hollywood, jingoism, school, word of mouth, and bad use of Google, we like to think we have this whole history thing down pat. Of course, anyone who takes a second look at that list will realize that in fact, no, we don't know shit about history at all.

Lucky for you, debunking historical myths is a Cracked speciality.

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Entry by frenchfood

JUNE 1940. WE WILL FIGHT THEM ON THIE BEACHES.. BUT IN REALITY. CHUROHILL'S SPBBOH WAS THBORAMOUS GAVRNIN PARLIAMRNT AUDIO? AND NBHTHRR BROADOAST NOR

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Entry by Hestutomo

Myth: In most Reality: There were female depictions in pop gladiators too. Some of them culture, gladiators are appear to have been wealthy male. uppe

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Those They surrendered without a fight cowardy and let the Nazis French! overrun their country! In actuality, France fought bitterly against the Nazi

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Entry by gicusudoru

ldeal W2-Wehrmacht Actual WW2 Wehrmacht GRACKEDlcO

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In 1517, Martin Luther defiantly nailed his 95 Theses to a church's door in Wittenberg. Except that he didn't. That particular story didn't start roll

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Entry by Hestutomo

In most pop culture depictions of medieval writing, people are shown using decorous feathery quills. Now imagine writing with this fluffy thing: ..wou

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Myth 'Vomitorium' is a designated place for ancient Romans to vomit everything they'd feasted on to stay in shape or to make room to eat more. Reality

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Entry by Nerfherder247

The modern, romanticized version CRACKED of Pocahontas looks something like American an elegant Native Princess... .But this is what the typical Powha

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Entry by Hestutomo

Gaius Julius, I'm the heir to great as you my and are the Emperor powerful uncle.Iwill now you shall be called use his name on my title! Julius Caesar

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Entry by PookieJones

RACKEDCOM THE WAY WE PICTURE IT8 Richard III was an evil hunchback who walked with a limp. HOWEVER8 Shakespeare's portrait was exaggerated. The king h

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Entry by 404notfound

To the left is what most of Us recognize as a portrait of Napoleon, leading his troops across the Alps on horseback. This was painted by Jacques-Louis

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Entry by Daikataro

CRACKEDCON BUT LATER MAN'S THERE IS NO MERCY FOR FREEDOM WAS 4 SLAVE OF THE STATE!G TAKEN AWAY FOR TO WORK-- AND LET THESE THE '6000 OF PYRAMIDS BE A

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Myth During the Salem witch trials, anyone convicted of being a witch was burned at the stake. Reality of the 20 accused of witchcraft in Salem, none

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Myth Reality The Polish were trying to The Polish tried to charge disperse German infantries at German tanks during between those German tanks. the ba

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CRACKEDCON 300 Spartans (perhaps somewhat more covered than this) defended the pass of the Thermopylac against the advancing Persian army, There were

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Entry by PookieJones

CRACKEDCON Cleopatra was Queeno Egypt. but she wasnt EgyPianbndantofthe Ptolemaicfamily. the Macedoniand Greekswho ruled Egypt during the Hellenistic

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Entry by Hestutomo

CRACKED COM MYTH The contents of the Alexandria Library were destroyed when invaders sacked and burned the city REALITY BUDGE Although fires and riots

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Entry by Hestutomo

The signing of the Magna Carta by King John was one of the biggest landmarks in the history of human rights, as immortalized in this 1864 painting dep

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Entry by mkad

The common understanding is that But whenever America went to during WWll, suddenly, women war the women picked up the showed that they could do the w

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Entry by Randallw

People have an image of Romans always walking around wearing togas. In reality they were cumbersome, and heavy and not very popular. The average Roman

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Entry by Sagar Parikh

26 Side By Side Comparisons That Fix Your Image Of History

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Entry by gicusudoru

Slaves in ancient Rome weren't necessarily physical labourers or gladiators. There also were teachers, doctors and accountants.

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

You probably think most women in the 18th century were housewives, whose primary concern was putting jam between two slices of bread. And this is what

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Entry by monkeylamp

We may picture agriculture in the But the steam tractor came 1800s as quaint and low tech, a into use in the mid 1800s farmer has his horses alone in

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Entry by Giovenna

When posing for a photo, Victorians weren't always prim and poper... CRACKED.COM They can be silly too

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Entry by milito

WHILE MANY PRISONERS WERE FREED FROM THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WHAT THE HISTORY BOOKS RARELY MENTION IS THAT NOT alL OF THEM

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