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Well, it appears that Fairy tales are not that interesting to you. I would encourage you to look up a few of the originals, specifically: Cinderella. Also known as “Lo Cto de li Cte” 1636. (Can't speak Italian on Victoria Advocate. The Star represents a "un" and the Italian means "A tale of Tales" or something of the sort) Her real name is Zezolla short for Lucrezuccia. Cinder –cat or “Gatto Cerentola”. Her glass slipper was actually made of cork and stood about a foot tall. Her stepsister actually cut off toes and heals to fit into it. (Zacks, 1997) Goldilocks, a grouchy old homeless lady who breaks into a flat with 3 bachelors in it. Over time the bachelors in the story became bears who end up chucking her onto the steeple of St. Paul’s church. (Zacks, 1997) Little Red Riding Hood, who is slightly more naïve and sexual that I ever wanted her to be. (Zacks, 1997) Snow White, who is has the evil queen attend her wedding only to dance at the reception in hot metal shoes to her death. (Zacks, 1997) Good times! How about misquotes? Popular sayings that you thought famous people said throughout history. Lets start with Marie-Antoinette who never said “Let them eat cake.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his book “Confessions” (1781) writes of an incident more than 10 years before Marie-Antoinette was even born. This saying was attached to Marie-Antoinette most likely by the mob to get her to the chopping block a little faster. Nothing like a good mob! Who is Horace Greeley? I should probably know this but I don’t. He apparently didn’t say, “Go west, young man, go west.” In fact he got so tired of hearing it that he had the original article by John L. Soule in the Terre Haute Express (1851) reprinted but it obviously wasn’t important enough for anyone to read. See what happens when we try and print the truth. “Elementary, my dear Watson,” was a Hollywood line and never appeared in any of Sir A. Conan Doyle’s dialogue from Sherlock Holmes. You can credit Basil Rathbone for the deception. And now for the shocker. I have to say when I read this, every history teacher I ever had dropped a notch then promptly raised a notch because I realized that it’s not the teacher that gets to choose the books. Then I started to wonder who does choose the books? Who decides what books get used and what curriculum is used or what stories we tell children? All that from what I am about to crush you with. Are you ready? George Washington never said, “I cannot tell a lie.” GASP! Of course he could, he’s a politician! That phrase and the whole cherry tree story is a fabrication of Anglican minister “Parson” Weems. Wait! A minister who lies? Shocked and appalled! Not really… Why not teach of histories failures so we don’t make the same mistakes twice? I know, genius, right? Instead let’s take history and paint this immaculate picture that no one can learn from. Don’t get me wrong, we should highlight the good things people do but we should also study the failures so we don’t allow history to repeat itself. Future blog: Dirty Money! It turns out most of the richest families in America, cheated and swindled people, to include tax payers to make their fortunes. What? You’re not surprised? Me neither but I am entertained.

Zacks, R. (1997). An Underground education. New York: Doubleday.