(100 + 85)/2
March 24th, 2007 3:30am
A lot of those are pretty weak as myths.
"Van Gogh never cut off his ear! That is a myth! In fact, he cut of most of his ear, but not the whole thing."
Yeah, ok, so wow, he wasn't crazy after all. Just part of the ear, no big deal man.
"Shakespeare didn't write Hamlet. Hamlet was based on another story that was written long before."
And that makes Shakespeare not write Hamlet how exactly?
March 24th, 2007 1:36pm
Everyone "knows" that Washington was the first of the (so far) 43 Presidents of the US. However, this isn't strictly the case. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress (or the 'United States in Congress Assembled') chose Peyton Randolph as the first President. Under Randolph, one of their first moves was to create the Continental Army (in defence against Britain), appointing General Washington as its commander. Randolph was succeeded in 1781 by John Hancock, who presided over independence from Great Britain (see myth #6). After Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown, Hancock sent him a note of congratulations. Washington's reply was addressed to "The President of the United States". Eight years later, as a revered war hero, Washington himself became America's first popularly elected President - but strictly speaking, the FIFTEENTH President!
John Hancock & Peyton Randolph were presidents of the Second Continental Congress and the Congress of the Confederation. Peyton Randolph shouldn't be considered at all because - according to his own myth #6, the United States wasn't an independent state until 1783, hell it wasn't even a country, they were just "united States" - as it's written in the Declaration of Independence.
For 14 bonus points, I'll take Things Named after John Hancock for a thousand, Alex.
March 24th, 2007 1:53pm
I thought Washington was the 3rd President.
I think he is still the first American President to grow Marijuana commercially though, right?
March 24th, 2007 2:00pm
------"I think he is still the first American President to grow Marijuana commercially though, right?"-------
But he didn't inhale.
March 24th, 2007 8:31pm
"Practical" Economist quote:
>"Van Gogh never cut off his ear! That is a myth! In fact,
>he cut of most of his ear, but not the whole thing."
>Also, he didn't slice off his entire ear, just a
>portion of his left lobe.
Did you start out this stupid or did you have to study hard in those Economics 101 classes to become one?
March 24th, 2007 11:07pm
Colm, I do believe you have a brain disorder. Did Van Gogh cut off his ear? Fuck yes, he did! Saying that that is a 'myth' because 'oh well, it wasn't the ENTIRE ear' is complete idiocy. Since you buy into that 'no ear' theory, you are surely an idiot.
March 25th, 2007 1:39am
March 25th, 2007 1:43am
"Gandhi was just one of several independence leaders."
Yeah. And the only one anyone's ever heard of, outside of India.
March 25th, 2007 3:40am
"Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but there is no evidence whatsoever, biblical or otherwise, that He was actually born on that day."
Or, for that matter, that he was born at all. Talk about "myths" -- there's a doozy.
March 25th, 2007 3:42am
The 20 Greatest Historical Myths
15. Van Gogh sliced off his ear
March 25th, 2007 8:05am
-------"Yeah. And the only one anyone's ever heard of, outside of India."------
It's not at all clear if that is important. And there are a lot of Indians anyway.
Gandhi was the figurehead but Nehru was also important; Bose joined the Japanese and set up an army in Malaysia to invade that didn't get anywhere. He's still revered by right-wing extremists, but marginalized himself and had little influence after the war started.
It's also worth mentioning that the first head of the All India
Congress Party was an American.
March 25th, 2007 2:59pm