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Bill Nuvo
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A very interesting video. There is some foul language in the video, so if you are offend by that please don't view it.

Debunks many stories like Christopher Columbus' reason for sailing, the Paul Revere ride, and more.
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Wow! He debunks the idea that Christopher Columbus was sailing to prove the world was round?!? To a COLLEGE Class?!?

I had a teacher who also debunked this myth - in the 4th grade! Ever since then, I'd always understood that Columbus was trying to find a route a new way of getting to the Orient's wealth from Europe. You could go overland, but you'd have to deal with the Arabs. You could sail down through the Red Sea and around India, but you'd have to deal with the Turks before you got near the Red Sea. You could go around Africa, except that your major navigational aid, the pole star, disappears as soon as you hit the equator.

If you want a great, and realistic, look at how history happened, may I suggest the James Burke documentaries?

If you're particularly interested in Columbus, check out the episode, Point of View:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

(Just for fun, when he asks about pop culture in the beginning, I'd love to say, "Knox, from Batman" Smile )
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Thanks Scott.

I have found many people are unaware of the influence of pop culture on history. I knew about CC, but had no idea about Paul Revere (being Canadian, what I knew about it was from pop culture like Disney cartoons).

I truly posted the link just for a humourous look at the legends which some feel are myths.

Maybe this should go in the Friend of a Friend section
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The video is certainly fun: I showed it to two of my classes today, and they liked it too.

I didn't know most of the stuff, but that doesn't embarrass me. Most of it isn't important. I very much liked the "Yankie Doodle" story.

But the best part was he "show and tell". That put a BIG smile on my face. Smile
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History always takes a lot of looking into. Cherry tree?
I learned a lot about the Whitman massacre when I went there that wasn't in any history books. Be careful though, sometimes the truth really makes people mad.
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It surely affects our art too. Look at the demo videos... they used to be home video. Now with all the graphic and post production.. for the very same trick and double the price.. who says magic dosn't need package?
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Robert Wuhl is great. I loved him in Hollywood Knights...
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