Top 10 Biggest Lies in History
This top 10 list explores the 10 biggest lies ever told in history. We explore the truth behind Einstein mathematical competence, Clinton’s intra-marital affairs, Newton’s apple incident and that’s just a few of the many lies we’ve all been fed in school and in life.
10. Hilary Clinton & The Balkan Conflict
It can’t be easy for somebody who resembles Miss Piggy and has the bedside manner of an axe murderer to tell the truth, but just like her husband, Hilary Clinton only really tells the truth on the world stage. Recounting how during the Balkan conflict she had traveled to Dubrovnik Airport which was under siege, Clinton talked about dodging the snipers and incoming fire as she landed and had to run for her life. However, she was not fully honest. In actuality she was met by a brass band and a lady with some flowers.
9. Einstein Flunked Math
Motivational speakers and teachers alike love to tell this story and inspiring underachievers with the story of a German kid (Albert Einstein) who was just like you! Despite his sincerest efforts he could never manage to do well on his math exams and struggled desperately with physics, whilst working as a lowly patent clerk.
As it turns out, Einstein was a mathematical prodigy, and before he turned 12, he was already better at mathematics and physics than most people. Einstein was in fact so smart that he believed school was holding him back, and his parents purchased advanced textbooks for him to receive more advanced education. Not only did he pass math with ease, it’s almost possible to conceive that he was actually teaching the class by the end of semester. The whole motivational story was based a lie!
8. The Trojan War
This may have been the most forgiving lie on this top 10 list. When the Trojan Paris absconded with Helen, wife of the Spartan king, war ensued. The war was already 10 years long when the Trojans believed that had beaten the Greeks. Little did they know, the Greeks had a last minute trick up their sleeves and this time it was real good.
A genies move, the Greeks managed to built a giant wooden horse with a hollow belly for army men to hide in. After the Greeks convinced their enemies that this structure was no more than a peace offering, the Trojans pleasurably accepted it and brought the horse inside their fortified city. That night, as the Trojans slept, Greeks snuck out of the hollow belly. Then, they proceeded to decisively defeat and kills the Trojans in what is now known as the epic Trojan War.
Unquestionably, this was one of the biggest and most successful tricks known to history and has defined world history books to this day. Homer mentions the occurrence in “The Iliad,” and Virgil extrapolates the story in “The Aeneid.” Evidence suggests that the city of Troy itself existed, giving some validity to Homer’s books and stories, and scholars have long been investigating how historically accurate Homer’s stories were. One theory behind the Trojan horse came from scholar Michael Wood, who argued that it was merely a battering ram in the shape of a horse that broke into the city of Trojan.
Lying is not a new thing for United States Presidents. Back in 1972 Nixon thought it would be a good idea to sponsor a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in a place now known as Watergate. Unfortunately for Nixon the Police managed to put the pieces of the puzzle together and despite Nixon publicly stating that he had no involvement, with a ton of evidence and a conviction looming, he bit the bullet and became the only American President to resign.
6. Anna Anderson
Anastasia was born on 18 June 1901 in Peterhof. When she was born, there were already three other girls in the family, and Czar Nicholas was desperate to have a son an heir to his throne. The girl was named after the Montenegrin Princess Anastasia, Alexandra’s close friend.
Anastasia was an vibrant child and was always considered a favorite in the family. Still, the Czar’s children were never overindulged – Anastasiashared a room with her elder sister Maria. The two girls were referred to as the “The Little Pair.” Apart from sharing a room, they often wore the same type of dresses and spent much of their day together. Their older sisters Olga and Tatiana also shared a room and were referred to as “The Big Pair.” The four girls sometimes signed letters using the nickname, OTMA, which was derived from the first letters of each of their first names. The walls of the girls’ chambers were grey, the ceiling was decorated with pictures of butterflies and the furnishings were plain if not Spartan.
Her supposed survival was one illustrious mystery of the 20th century. Rumors that one of Czar Nicholas’ daughters had managed to escape and stay alive emerged almost immediately after the family had been murdered. Attempts have been made to make use of Anastasia’s name, which led to the appearance of pver 20 fake Anastasias in all parts of the country.
One of the most well-known self-appointed Anastasias was a woman named Anna Anderson. This woman claimed that a soldier managed to save her by removing her wounder body out of the basement. She did her best to prove she was the heiress of Romanov era. Till her dying day, Andersen defended the theory of her descent and even wrote a book, which she named“Me, Anastasia.” Today DNA tests have proved that Anna Anderson had nothing in common with Anastasia Romanova.
Rumors about Anastasia’s miraculous escape never died and it was reported that many homes, trains and hotels were searched for Nicholas’s youngest daughter, but of course to no avail.
In a statement years later, Duke Dmitry Romanov, Czar Nicholas’ great-great-grandson, recalled there were more than twenty fake Anastasias. He wrote in his memoirs: “I would be immensely happy if one of them was the real Anastasia and we could be sure she had managed to survive, but unfortunately all these women lied.”
5. Lewinsky Affair
On January 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton stood up at the microphone, wagged his finger, and issued a stern denial that he would later regret during his impeachment trial.
“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” Clinton famously declared.
Clinton was accused of fostering an extramarital affair with a White House intern, an accusation the President denied repeatedly before finally owning up to the indiscretion approximately half a year after his arch declaration of innocence.
Clinton’s denial and then subsequently confirmed the affair that turned into a scandal, which led to his impeachment trial and nearly wrecked his second term in office. But who are we to judge how a President lives his life? 30% of Americans cheat once in their life anyways. What is done in the bedroom between the President and his “lover” should not be scrutinized by the public.
4. William Lyon Mackenzie King Speech aboutAdolph Hitler
Adolf Hitler was aided in his rise to power by his tremendous diplomatic skills and ability to convey sincerity. From 1933, when he became chancellor of Germany until the outbreak of war in 1939, Hitler was able to convince world leaders of Germany’s right to rearm and to expand the Aryan boundaries, Kleindeutsch vs. Grossdeutsch debate. Canada’s own Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King was particularly impressed with the German dictator when they met for two hours in Berlin, Germany, on June 29, 1937.
In his diary, King praised Hitler more than once: “I spoke… of what I had seen of the constructive work of his regime, and said that I hoped that that would continue… That it was bound to be followed in other countries to the great advantage of mankind.” . He also felt compelled to tell Hitler “how all of our ministers and I, myself, had been prejudiced against him on what we thought were narrow views and nationalistic and imperialistic policies, but that we had all come to feel quite differently and believed policies toward European countries would be wisely administered in his hand.”
Undoubtedly, King left Germany feeling satisfied and optimistic that war could still be averted. His insight into Hitler was noted as difficult to swallow. Yet there was no denying the fact that in 1937 Hitler was hailed as a charismatic, if dangerous, visionary, somewhat as Mackenzie King portrayed him.
Hitler used his charm to manipulate PM King into thinking he could do no harm. Could King have had an ulterior motive, especially since he was one of the architects of the “None is too Many” clause? There is always that speculation.
3. Munich Agreement (1938)
2. Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme – $50 billion Scam
Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC operated as a securities broker/dealer in the United States and internationally. It provided executions for broker-dealers, banks, and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1960 and was headquartered in New York, New York. As of December 15, 2008, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was in liquidation.
On December 10, 2008, Bernie Madoff’s sons reported him to authorities, stating that their father had confessed to operating massive Ponzi scheme.The following day, FBI agents arrested Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously conducted investigations into Madoff’s business practices, but did not uncover any illegal activity, nevertheless massive fraud.
In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his penny business into a massive Ponzi scheme that scammed thousands of people and investors of their savings. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began in the early 1970s,and those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate in the first place. The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, totaled approximately 65 billion. The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion. On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, which is the maximum sentenced allowed in the United States.
1. Newton and the Apple
Most of us have believed that the apple was to blame for Newton’s most famous gravity laws, but that’s not all true. One day while taking a nap under a farm tree, the apple fell on his head; he rose, went home, scribbled a few things on paper and came out with a formula. A BIG FAT LIE! In fact there was no apples or trees when Newton was alive. This is just a children’s faulty tale sort off hallucination that has no truth to it a all. A big lie we have been hearing since our school days. Why on earth would he have derived the law from the encounter with this particular apple, leaves fall to the ground as well, a volatile puke flows downwards as well, and you never try to do our business UPWARDS, unless you do?
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