Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Misconceptions we want to believe

Some Highlights:
1)George Washington was the first president of the United States
The Truth:
He was the first president of the independent United States,
but was actually the 17th head of the locally governing body of the nation.
The Continental Congress,
a convention of delegates from the 13 colonies governed the U.S. during the American Revolution.
The 1st president of the Continental Congress was Peyton Randolph

The most famous was "king of the autograph" John Hancock

who served twice as the 4th & the 13th.
The last sitting of the Continental Congress took place 2 days before the 1st session of the U.S. Congress,
one month before the inauguration of George Washington.

2)America became independent of July 4th, 1776
The Truth:
The Americans & British didn't sign a peace treaty until 7 years later,
if the date of the signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace was the actual holiday,
the date would be September 3rd, 1783

3)Nazis made soap from the fat of dead Jews during the Holocaust
The Truth:
Nazis stamped bars of soap with the letters RIF,
many mistakenly thought this was German for "Pure Jewish Fat",
but actually meant "Reich Industry Fat".
Bars of soap were tested, and no human DNA was found.