Many of us had to learn History only to get through our exams. We always thought it was boring and dry. But is History really that uninteresting? Of course not! If you are someone who has even the slightest affiliation towards the subject, you’d definitely have come through some myths that have been around for centuries. History is basically just the story of the past and as you know every time someone tells a story, they add a bit of their imagination and fascination to it. Sometimes these fascinations are so peculiar, they evolve and finally become a myth. So read on to find out about someone the most famous myths in History!
1.Napoleon Bonaparte – The little corporal
Napoleon complex is used to describe a short man or woman who is pompous, arrogant and tries to compensate for their short stature by having a “a larger than life” (not in a nice way) personality.
Napoleon Bonaparte was around 5 ft 6 inches or 1.68 meters tall. Even though this may be considered as a man being short in the present times, during 18th century France, it was the average height of men.
2. George Washington was chosen to be North America’s first president-
Of course, this theory has been falsified time and over again as it is proved that Electoral Collage made Washington the only Chief Executive to be unanimously elected.
3. Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse-
4. James Cook discovered Australia in 1770-
Whether or not Cook was the first person to discover Australia is still a disputed fact. Many say that it was actually William Dampier who first discovered Australia. But James Cook did come up with the concept of Terra Nullius which translates to “nobody’s land” after he reached Australia.
Also Dutchman Abel Tasman and Dirk Hartog had already visited Australia long before the arrival of Cook.
5. Cleopatra was tall-
6. Albert Einstein was bad at Math
Time to rethink everything we thought about him?
So there you have it. Some of the most famous historical myths dispelled. Still think History is boring? Probably not anymore. These are just a few of the myths, History is an intricate web of innumerable such myths and fiction. The more you read the more you’ll discover how concocted some versions of History is.