11 Well Known "Facts" That Are Totally Wrong

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7. George Washington Carver Invented Peanut Butter

George Washington Carver Invented Peanut Butter
This one gets, like, half credit. Carver was notable for his scientific discoveries and many of them involved peanuts. But peanut butter existed long before Carver began his work. Carver did invent technologies that eased its creation, though.

8. Life Expectancy In the Middle Ages was 30

Life Expectancy In the Middle Ages was 30
What is this even supposed to mean?! People didn't hit 30 and suddenly keel over, gray-haired and wrinkly. MOST people didn't make it out of childhood in the Middle Ages, so their ages at death are factored into the average. If you did make it out of childhood alive, you could expect to live to around 64.

9. World War I Was the First World War

World War I Was the First World War
Not according to Winston Churchill, who referred to the Seven Years' War between England and France as World War I. He called the war between 1914-1918 The Great War until World War II. Which, to him I guess, was World War III?

10. Vincent Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear (and Sent It to a Lover)

Vincent Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear (and Sent It to a Lover)
Van Gogh didn't cut off his ENTIRE ear. And he probably didn't cut it off himself at all. A fellow painter sliced off the end of a lobe during a skirmish and Van Gogh sent THAT to his lover, who was a prostitute.

11. Einstein Was a Bad Student

Einstein Was a Bad Student
Au contraire! Einstein was an EXCELLENT student. Super, duper, extra smart! But he was also kind of a smart ass and frequently talked back to his teachers. Probably because he was smarter than them.

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