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04-01-2021, 16:57   #1
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Commonly believed historical inaccuracies

I've often read that Padraig Pearse read the Proclamation "from the steps of the GPO." This always bugged me as I've walked past the building many times and there are no steps there. Images from 1916 show the same.

I know it's not important in the grand scheme of things but I thought it might be interesting to start a thread on similar inaccuracies.

Another example is when people quote Marx's statement that religion is "the opium of the people" to give the impression that religion kept people sedated&oppressed. The quote in context reveals a more sympathetic view of religion:

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world,
and the soul of soulless conditions.
It is the opium of the people."
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04-01-2021, 16:58   #2
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the british cut down our lovely woodlands to build their navy.
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the british cut down our lovely woodlands to build their navy.
Never heard this one.
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"Being born in a stable does not make one a horse". A quote falsely claimed to have been uttered by the Duke of Wellington
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Vikings wore horned helmets - a great deal has been achieved in dispelling this one but not there yet.
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Never heard this one.
It was regularly trotted out when I was at school.
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04-01-2021, 17:07   #7
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The whole moon landing fairy tale filmed by Stanley Kubrick
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That Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
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the british cut down our lovely woodlands to build their navy.
Wrong. They did it mainly for defence. When queen Elizabeth sent over a plantation the locals kept attacking and retreated to the forests. They decided if they could cut down the trees, they wouldnt have anywhere to hid and the British could finally catch them.
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"Being born in a stable does not make one a horse". A quote falsely claimed to have been uttered by the Duke of Wellington
A lot of such quotes were actually from O'Connell, "to hell or to Connaught " being another.
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That Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
--------> conspiracy theories
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At the Battle of Waterloo the Prussians turned up near the end when it had already been won.

In WW2 it took five Sherman tanks to kill a Panther or Tiger.
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If you look at old photo of gpo there's a step from street just in front of pillers he probably stood under pillers
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That the Irish Civil War was about the north of Ireland.
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04-01-2021, 17:51   #15
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Never heard this one.
Blindboy threw this line out on his podcast a few episodes back.

He's one of (maybe #1) the top streamed podcasts in the country, so...yea that line is still out there.
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