Most think of Abraham Lincoln as a token of abolition during the Civil War, but the fact of the matter was that while Lincoln did feel that slavery was morally wrong, he also felt conflicted about it because it was sanctioned by the Constitution.
He also did not believe that blacks and whites should have the same political and social rights, including the right to vote, serving on juries, or interracial marriage.
It’s a common myth that diamonds are formed from coal, when in reality coal rarely plays any part in diamond formation. In fact, most diamonds that have been dated have been found to be older than earth’s land plants, which are the sources of coal.
Your biology teacher more than likely told you at one point that you are the direct descendant of chimpanzees. While we do belong to the primate family, we aren’t actually direct descendants of apes. Rather, humans and great apes share a common ancestor that lived between 6 and 8 million years ago.
4. The Pilgrims Came To America For Religious Freedom
Actually, the pilgrims went to the Netherlands first, and loved the religious freedom they felt there. They ended up leaving and coming to America, however, because they found it difficult to maintain their English identity and to make a decent living in the Netherlands.
Columbus was actually kind of a douchebag who got way too much credit. First of all, he never even set foot in America on his voyages. He arrived on several different islands in the Caribbean and was never even aware of the fact that he had landed on a new continent at all.
Not to mention, you know, that the Native Americans had already been in America for ages before he even got there.
Even some high school and college teachers still tell their students this one. The claim that glass is actually a liquid comes from the observation that window panes are often thicker at the bottom than they are on top, indicating that perhaps the glass had melted over time. But glass is actually neither a liquid or a solid...it’s an amorphous solid, meaning that it sits somewhere between being a liquid and solid.
7. The Founding Fathers Were All Devout Christians
Conservative lawmakers like to reference the fact that the United States is a “Christian” nation that was founded on Christian principles. While on the surface all of the Founding Fathers appeared to be Christians, their views were quite different from one another. Thomas Jefferson was said to have quite atheistic philosophical views, in fact.
Researchers are learning now that the pyramids probably weren’t built by slaves at all, but rather by average people who owed service, or bak, to a lord. Bak isn’t synonymous with slavery though, since everyone in society would take part in the act, including those of high social ranking.
It’s true that artists can sometimes be a little wacko, but as it turns out, not even Van Gogh was that wacko. Contrary to popular belief, Van Gogh did not go crazy, cut off his own ear and mail it to his girlfriend of the time.
Instead, he lost his ear when his friend Paul Gauguin accidentally sliced it off with a sword during a heated argument. Van Gogh made up a different story in order to protect Gauguin. That’s true loyalty right there!
10. You Need To Know Mental Math In The Real World
When you were in elementary school learning how to do math, your teacher probably told you that you wouldn’t have access to a calculator at all times as an adult, making it absolutely necessary that you know how to do equations in your head.
Joke’s on you, Ms. Schwab, my phone is also a calculator.
Remember when you were in the fourth grade and your teacher made the class learn cursive? They probably told you that you needed to know cursive because all adults everywhere supposedly use cursive on a regular basis while you groaned about having to learn it.
Now, when was the last time you actually wrote in cursive? Case in point.
The first Thanksgiving likely wasn’t even the first Thanksgiving at all, given that it wasn’t proclaimed an official holiday until during the Civil War.
In November of 1621, the Pilgrims had their first successful corn harvest, so they decided to hold a celebration and invited some of their Native American allies. The details of this celebration have been heavily debated, however, and many historians believe that the Pilgrims and the Native Americans were never as friendly toward each other as history books let on.