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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

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The Trojan Horse

Much like the Cherry Tree anecdote, the Trojan Horse legend is a lie about another lie. A regular Fib Newton! So the story goes, the Greeks offered the Trojans a victory prize for the protecting their city so well: a giant, wooden horse. Unfortunately, they didn't mention that the gift was a scheme for breaking into the town walls by subterfuge rather than force. Though the Trojan War is a real historical event, this particular flourish is mythological. It's also a reminder that the phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" is way off base. The Trojans definitely should have given their gift horse a once over.

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

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Becky Ferreira

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