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Video: 5 Historical Misconceptions—Columbus Was Smart

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In a video for his YouTube channel, essayist CGP Grey describes 5 historic misconceptions—one being that Christopher Columbus was actually kind of a smart guy. He did believe the world was round, but he wasn’t the first to believe that.

“The biggest misconception is that everyone else thought the world was flat but Columbus was the only guy smart enough to know that it’s round,” CGP Grey says in the video. “It makes a daring story, but knowledge of a spherical earth goes back to at least 5,000 BC—that’s 6,500 years before Columbus set sail.”

Other misconceptions covered by CGP Grey include Vikings and their horned helmets, Lady Godiva’s naked ride, Napoleon’s height, and the Vomitorium.