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Historical Misconceptions

The Sam O’Nella Academy has some good ones to bring up at your next family dinner!


Animated Adam Conover explains why we revere Paul Revere – and who else we should thank for his famous midnight ride on CollegeHumor‘s Adam Ruins Everything Presents: ReAnimated History.


Animated Adam Ruins Everything from CollegeHumor paints with all the colors of the truth to illustrate the real story of Pocahontas on ReAnimated History:

National Geographic explores China’s Great Wall, one of the world’s great feats of engineering and an enduring monument to the strength of an ancient civilization.

YouTuber engineerguy wrote a book called Fatal Flight, which brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship—a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated fifty, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room. The British expected R.101 to spearhead a fleet of imperial airships that would dominate the skies as British naval ships, a century earlier, had ruled the seas. The dream ended when, on its demonstration flight to India, R.101 crashed in France, tragically killing nearly all aboard.

This video shows the borders and populations of each country in Europe, for every year since 400 BC. Vassal states and colonies are not included in the count of a country’s population.

The Tale of Michael Malloy

Sam O’Nella Academy tells the story of the most resilient drunk to ever grace a bar.

Manhattan’s skyscrapers were raised in part by Mohawk Indians, who were renowned for their strength and fearlessness in the face of dizzying heights, in an era before OSHA.

The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, by photographer S. Mereani.

Hiroo Onoda is a Japanese citizen that originally worked at a Chinese trading company. When he was 20 years old, he was called to join the Japanese army. He promptly quit his job and headed off to training in Japan. At a certain point in his training, he was chosen to be trained at Nakano School as an Imperial Army Intelligence Officer. In this specialized military intelligence training, he was specifically taught methods of gathering intelligence and how to conduct guerrilla warfare. He was being groomed to go in behind enemy lines and be left with small pockets of soldiers to make life miserable for Japan’s enemies and gather intelligence in the process.

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