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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

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Slaves Built the Pyramids

For millennia, the idea that slaves built Egypt's majestic pyramids has remained entrenched in our collective imagination. But in 2010, tombs of pyramid builders were discovered in the "backyard" of the Great Pyramids. The careful manner of their burial and proximity to the monuments indicates that they were paid for their work, and were respected for it too. Isn't it crazy how a 4,000-year-old lie can be cleared up by finding some mummies out back? History is weird.

Tags: history, lies, slideshows, presidents, governments, false

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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