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10 Historical Misconceptions

Some untrue historical events have been passed down for so many years that they have become truths. See our list of 10 historical misconceptions, including Sir Walter Raleigh's Cloak and Lady Godiva's Naked Ride.

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  • 10 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination

    10 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination

    Sixty-one percent of Americans think others beside Lee Harvey Oswald were involved in JFK's murder, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. While this is the lowest percentage in nearly 50 years, it's still very high. What are the leading conspiracy theories? See more »

  • 10 False History Facts Everyone Knows

    10 False History Facts Everyone Knows

    If you think Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head or Napoleon was extremely short, you may need a history refresher. These 10 “facts” are really fiction. See more »

  • 10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

    10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

    We use the term "suckers" lightly -- even experts have been fooled by some of the faux antiques on this list. How can a painting, sculpture or sacred document carry a false identity for so long, and what happens when the ruse is revealed? See more »

  • 10 Historically Inaccurate Movies

    10 Historically Inaccurate Movies

    These films look like blooper reels when you compare them to history books. From anachronisms to flat-out lies, creative license reigns in this list. See more »

  • 10 of History's Most Torrid Love Affairs

    10 of History's Most Torrid Love Affairs

    Scarlett and Rhett's relationship drama may seem fit only for fiction, but plenty of real-life couples could go toe-to-toe with them as far as torrid affairs go. Here are 10 historical duos that fit the bill. See more »

  • 10 of the Biggest Lies in History

    10 of the Biggest Lies in History

    You don't look fat in those pants. I didn't copy off his paper. She's a natural blonde. I am not a crook. Lots of us lie, but what are the biggest fibs ever told? See more »

  • 10 Real Events That Seem Like Hoaxes

    10 Real Events That Seem Like Hoaxes

    Did you hear the one about Elvis meeting President Nixon to help the youth stay off drugs? Or 50 Cent performing at a bat mitzvah? These may sound like urban legends, but this time the events are all true. See more »

  • Are there Nazi war criminals still at large?

    Are there Nazi war criminals still at large?

    A few Nazi leaders escaped justice after World War II. Who are they, and how are people trying to bring them to justice more than 50 years later? See more »

  • Could Jack the Ripper have been an artist?

    Could Jack the Ripper have been an artist?

    So much for artists being sensitive -- one Impressionist painter has been fingered as Jack the Ripper. But do the brutalized nudes on his canvases hint at actual murders? See more »

  • Could Noah's ark really have happened?

    Could Noah's ark really have happened?

    Several ancient texts cite the story of Noah, a man who built a giant vessel, filled it with animals and endured a flood. Did this event play out in history? See more »

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