21 Historical Figures Everybody Gets Wrong

If you haven't figured it out by now, pretty much everything you've ever learned has been a bold faced lie. Why? We couldn't tell you, but we can correct you so you'll look like a smart person again.

So allow us to fix some misconceptions you likely have about some very famous figures.

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Everyone honors St. Patrick by wearing green. But St. Patrick's official color is blue. The earliest depictions of St. Patrick show him clothed entire

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21 Historical Figures Everybody Gets Wrong

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Picture Isaac Newton, and you see a guy with an apple falling on his head. That never happened. Newton never mentioned anything about an apple, and in

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Wild Bill Hickok is a legend of the American Old West. But Bill wasn't short for William. Wild Bill's legend parallels those of Wyatt Earp and Billy

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Rita Hayworth was the top pinup girl of the 1940s. She underwent a painful ethnic makeover. Rita was born Margarita Carmen Cansino. She was raised in

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The name Plato is synonomous with reason. But it actually means broad. Plato is the most famous student of Socrates, and his name has come to stand

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Abraham Lincoln was soft-spoken and dignified. And he was also a ridiculous badass. Lincoln was known to haul crates of stones weighing over 1,000 pou

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Leo Fender is a legend who perfected the electric guitar. But he couldn't play, and didn't like rock'n'roll. Despite the fact that his entire business

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John Wayne is Hollywood's most famous cowboy. But he absolutely hated riding horseback. Wayne had learned to ride when he was young, so by the time he

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Remember the heroic story of Pocahontas? That never happened, and that wasn't her name. Her true name was Matoaka, although she commonly went by Amonu

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John Lennon was a gentle, peace-loving hippie. But he was also abusive to women and his kid. John admitted in a Playboy interview that when he was you

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Jimmy Carter is known as a president and humanitarian. But he's also laughed in the face of nuclear fallout. When President Carter was a Navy Lieutena

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Iron Eyes Cody was the tortured face of Native American sadness. But he was Sicilian. Children of the '70s and'8Os probably remember the series of PSA

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Che Guevara is seen as a revolutionary hero. He was actually kind of a racist. Che sauntered into Africa after the assassination of Congolese independ

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Elvis Presley was the ultimate '50s ladies' man. But Elvis was more into teens and pajama parties. Elvis sure loved the ladies, but he had one very sp

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Mrs. O'Leary is remembered for causing the Great Chicago Fire. FN But she was innocent. And SO was her cow. Despite all the campfire songs to the cont

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People love the story that Einstein flunked math. Unsurprisingly, it isn't true. The idea that Albert Einstein did badly in school is thought to have

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Remember the story of George Washington chopping the cherry tree? It's completely made up. According to the story, when Washington was six years old h

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One of history's worst-kept secrets: J. Edgar Hoover was a transvestite. Which is unfortunate, because it isn't true. FBI Director John Edgar Hoover's

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Napoleon is always depicted as being short. He was actually slightly above average height. Historians agree that Napoleon Bonaparte was almost 5'7, w