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. I will discuss the research … 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
This great photo of an old looking house has been shared all over the internet with the claim that it shows a house built in 1509 in the town of Argentan, France. Although it looks absolutely lovely, this building was not built in 1509 (which is sort of not Medieval) but in 1955 and most … More NOT an 16th century house in France
For a while a picture has been doing the rounds on the internet of a woman carrying a man in a basket on her back with the claim that it depicted “A Sikkimese woman carrying a British man on her back, West Bengal, India, circa 1900” or “A Bengali woman carrying her British ‘master’ during … More Not a French colonial administrator being carried
The Alcobaça Monastery has a rather narrow door in its former dining hall, according to social media posts this is the “anti gluttony door”.Monks who had to fetch their own food from the kitchen could only fit through the door if they weren’t eating too much as the passage is only 32cm (roughly 1 foot) … More NOT a monastery’s ’Anti-Gluttony door’
This picture has been shared online with the description that it shows Marlene Dietrich as she is being detained by police for wearing trousers in public during her arrival in Paris in 1933. That’s not the case. As I was researching this story I found this article on the ‘Ask Historians’ Reddit page.It is well … More NOT Marlene Dietrich being detained for wearing trousers