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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

Christopher Columbus: The Lie Magnet

There are so many misconceptions about Columbus floating around that it's difficult to know where to start. He did not "discover" the New World—that honor goes to the Norse explorer Leif Ericson (and of course, Ericson was preceded by Native Americans by about 20,000 years). He never set foot in the United States, and he knew that the Earth is round. He was also more of a supervillain than a hero, and told some pretty huge lies of his own during his adventures. An important man in history? No doubt. An honest guy? No way.

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