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July 15, 2013

Weekly podcast: History’s Myths

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear some of history’s persistent myths debunked.

Read more about myths in Stuff and Nonsense, from the journal Colonial Williamsburg.

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Post a comment: What historical myths have you heard?


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  1. I always heard that “sleep tight” meant having a tight suspension of ropes under a tick mattress. I’ve since learned it just means sleep well!

  2. It’s a myth that Betsy Ross invented the American flag.

    • I’ve heard that it’s possible that she didn’t, but we have no evidence that she did not sew the first flag. Sometimes I feel it is best to let the harmless myths alone, as they become part of America’s heritage and tradition.

  3. One myth that is to often spread is that people were much shorter in the centuries before us.