Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Myths.

http://www.writespirit.net/ad/greatest_historical_myths

Someone has compiled a list of top 20 myths. Feel free to add one more.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23390052-details/Chatroom+users+'egged+on+father+to+kill+himself+live+on+webcam'/article.do

Not the first idiot.
Permalink Send private email (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?
Permalink Practical Economist 
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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock#Things_named_after_John_Hancock
Permalink Send private email Studly Studlerson 
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?
Permalink Practical Economist 
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.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
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."

Actual quote:

>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?
Permalink Colm 
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.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 25th, 2007 1:39am
http://www.crisperanto.org/images/vge3biga.jpg
Permalink Practical Economist 
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.
Permalink John Haren 
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.
Permalink John Haren 
March 25th, 2007 3:42am
Actual quote:

The 20 Greatest Historical Myths
15. Van Gogh sliced off his ear
Permalink Send private email Studly Studlerson 
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.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 25th, 2007 2:59pm

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