10 False History 'Facts' Everyone Knows

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Meet Hell-Cat Maggie, the Mythical Dame of the Dead Rabbits Gang

Meet Hell-Cat Maggie, the Mythical Dame of the Dead Rabbits Gang

HowStuffWorks learns about some very colorful alleged members of the 1860s gangs including Hell-Cat Maggie of the Dead Rabbits.

Author's Note: 10 False History Facts Everyone Knows

I'm not going to embarrass myself by admitting how many of these false facts I believed to be true before researching this article, but I'll give you a hint: it starts with an "n" and rhymes with "fine." In my defense, a few of these falsehoods still have their defenders, like the arguments over the true cause of the Civil War, or the controversy over van Gogh's ear. The upside of feeling tragically dense, of course, is the ability to turn around and act like an obnoxious know-it-all to friends and family. Just ask my wife and children!

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