Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Interesting misconceptions: Part 1

This post is a little different from the previous posts. Some might come up with "conspiracy" theories for the reason behind such a post. But the reason is simple; this is the first post of the New Year 2010 hence I'd like it to be a little different.
All of us have heard about Napolean Bonaparte, the French general who seized control of France as the First Consul in 1799. We've heard about his military conquests, his one working arm and his fear of cats. All these are TRUE. But the one thing that is wrongly attributed to Napolean is his height. Many historians assert that Napolean was short heighted; around 4 feet tall. They justify their claim by referring to his title 'the little corporal'. This is not true. Infact Napolean stood 1.7m tall at a time when the average height of men in France was 1.68m. The title of little corporal was pinned on Napolean not because of his short height but because even as a young military officer he was vicious and fearless. Due to his fearless behavior Napolean earned his title.
I'd like to add more misconceptions through further posts so stay tuned (I so feel like mythbusters right now) ;).