From the Wright Brothers to Thomas Edison to Penicillin, these are 7 Famous Lies You Learned in School.
They and many other western media outlets reported that a successful flight carrying a different cosmonaut had actually taken place on Friday the 7th, but that the pilot had suffered such severe injuries after landing off course that the Russians kept this secret, in pursuit of a more perfect story to go down in the history books.
Number 6: Thomas Edison’s Everything
Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman most famous for inventing the light-bulb. Hold on, that’s not right, let’s do that again. Thomas Edison was an American thief and businessman most famous for stealing the idea of the light-bulb like a big mean jerk. There we go, much better. The man who actually came up with the idea of an incandescent light using metal filaments was British chemist Humphry Davy in 1802.
Scottish pharmacologist Sir Alexander Fleming won a Nobel Prize in 1945 for his discovery of the antibiotic properties of a substance found within mould, but was this deserved?
Number 4: The First Telephone
Did you think Edison was the only guy who made a name for himself ripping off others ideas? Nope, that honour also extends to one Alexander Graham Bell, who plagiarised the idea of the telephone from Italian inventor Antonio Meucci. Meucci demonstrated a working telephone to New Yorkers in 1860, 16 years before Bell, but Meucci couldn’t afford the $250 patent fee. Having already shown his designs to the Western Union Telegraph Company, Meucci assumed his idea had been rejected, until he saw Alexander Graham Bell had patented them for himself without so much as a phone call to thank him. Meucci sued Bell but died before verdict was reached, and so whilst historians know of his work, history is likely to ignore the name Antonio Meucci, just like you ignore all those calls from mom every day, you awful people.
If there are any creationists watching the channel this is the part mommy and daddy warned you about watching, so feel free to switch to the video about how Jesus invented the Platypus one night when he was drunk.
In 1999 a research expedition to Mount Everest was undertaken with the goal of proving once and for all whether the world’s highest peak was conquered 29 years before history claims. In 1924 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine attempted to scale Everest in an attempt which would cost them their lives, but nobody knew whether they had been successful before succumbing to the harsh mountain environment.
Ohio’s Wright Brothers Orville and Wilbur are considered to be the inventors, builders and pilots of the world’s first successful airplane, having demonstrated their Kitty Hawk aircraft on December 17th 1903. But many people had already investigated the possibility of fixed-wing flight before the Wright brothers, including famous elephant murderer Thomas Edison, and whilst none were believed to be successful, some claim that Indian aeronautical scholar Shivkar Bapuji Talpade actually undertook the world’s first flight in 1895.
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