Top 10 Hidden Truths About Historical Artifacts and Inventions

Top 10 Hidden Truths About Historical Artifacts and Inventions

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When it comes to history, while there’s still some mystery to our past, we tend to think we’ve got things pretty well figured out. Many people are convinced of the origins and truths behind many famous artifacts and inventions, even though the history of them is much more complicated and bizarre than most people realize. Just like someday people will likely stumble upon the remains of a floppy disk and wonder if it was a plate, many of the things that happened through the past have become distorted through the lens of history. For some of these, the truth is still out there to be found, and it’s only been confused by modern retellings and myths.

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4. The Holy Grail Originated From Ancient Celtic Legends And Not The Bible
3. Modern Birthstone Legends Are Likely Little More Than A Marketing Ploy
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1. The History Of Cars Goes Back Much Further Than Most People Realize

Source/Further reading:

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http://mentalfloss.com/article/31056/why-did-people-wear-powdered-wigs
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aams/hd_aams.htm
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http://jalopnik.com/5816040/who-invented-the-worlds-very-first-car
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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Die_Gartenlaube_%281862%29_b_677.jpg
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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b2/Instruments_of_torture_used_in_the_Marshalsea_prison%2C_1729.JPG
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2389/2287432738_82fc8892a8_b.jpg
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