Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II died in September 2022, grainy old footage of two women throwing something at poor people went viral online.It was accompanied with the claim that this was the then young princess Elizabeth throwing food at poor hungry African children.The social media posts sharing the story were often accompanied with negative comments … More NOT Queen Elizabeth II throwing coins at the poor
This footage has gone viral online with the claim that it shows an 3 year old chimney sweep on the job: Millions of people saw the footage, shared it online an were upset by it, as they should be… if it was real… When I saw this I knew things were not as they seemed, … More NOT a 3 year old chimney sweep
The story goes that an Indian king or maharaja during his visit to London in the 1930s, was so angry about a snooty shop assistant at a Rolls Royce dealership who assumed this customer wasn’t rich enough to afford such a luxury car, that the maharaja bought ten of them on the spot, had them … More NOT a Rolls Royce used to clean streets in India
This photo has been going around the internet with the claim that it shows the real Pharaoh Ramses II’s mummified remains. It does not. When I first saw this picture shared I was not immediately suspicious, it looks like a mummy and it reminded me of photos I had seen of Ramesses II, so there … More NOT the real Pharaoh Ramesses II & Seti I
Finding and hunting Fake History can be quite tricky, but here are a few tips that can help you figure out if something shared online is true or not.This is a work in progress, I’ll add more, update it, change things, etc.In part based on suggestions and input from you. Quotations.When you spot a quote … More How to hunt fake history.
This picture is being shared online with the claim that these shoes are spy shoes from the Second World war, they were made back to front to fool the enemy. That’s not true. Just looking at them you can see that the story doesn’t quite fit.They’re civilian shoes, that means you’re supposed to wear them … More NOT WWII spy shoes.
The ‘world’s first’ stories have been shared online for years, they’re usually no more than just a picture with the claim that what it depicts is the first of it’s kind.They rarely add any more information, even the most basic bit of background is left out and the questions from followers are ignored.There are even … More NOT the world’s first camera
This photo has been going around the internet claiming to have been taken in an old abandoned medieval village in Scotland. It wasn’t. It is a gorgeous photo and a wonderful setting, it makes your imagination run wild, where exactly is it, would you be able to visit it, why was it abandoned… how has … More NOT an abandoned Scottish Medieval village
For some strange reason there are a lot of rather peculiar stories going around about famous historical figures having very odd bathing habits that generally involve them not bathing very much.I’m not sure why this is, I’ve dealt with the general myths about common people never bathing in the past (they did) but the stories … More The curious claims about Elizabeth I’s bathing habits
Every Christmas the same story goes around social media; Coca-Cola invented Santa or at least gave him a whole new look in the 1930s.They are the reason his suit is red, after all it’s the Coca-Cola colour. But this is nonsense.First a bit of history:Santa evolved from the medieval Father Christmas who was the mythical … More Coca-Cola did not create Santa