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Scary Historical Facts You Didn’t Learn in School

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These Stories Are Best Left in the Past.

History belongs to those with the power to write about it.

Like the little white lies you may tell family or friends about your day-to-day life, history can become infinitely warped–from slight variations to gross lies–just by the slightest change of even the most minor details.

Any historical event, even the most major battle or the most publicized scandal, is only witnessed by a small minority of people. As their stories become muddled or poorly recounted, the history that gets passed down grows further and further from the truth. Most of us depend on textbooks or online sources to learn these supposed “facts” about history, but, as the saying attributed to Winston Churchill goes, “History is written by the victors.”

As it turns out, people in power are very interested in keeping some truths out of the history books, and it isn’t until we explore non-traditional sources or personal accounts that we discover some of American history’s most disturbing and upsetting facts.

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These are the stories they didn’t teach you in school…

Poison and Prohibition

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What’s the best way to stop someone from drinking alcohol aside from destroying it all? By making it undrinkable, of course. As part of a comprehensive plan to truly stop bootlegging during Prohibition, the FBI poisoned alcohol with impurities like methane and formaldehyde. Bottoms up!

Blame Cuba

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One of the scariest examples of how the US Government was willing to harm its own citizens in order to justify invading a foreign country, Operation Northwoods was a plan that entailed government-sanctified domestic terrorism that would sway the American public into supporting a war with Cuba. Drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the plan was thankfully rejected by President Kennedy, who also removed General Lyman Lemnitzer, who wrote the plan, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This same man, however, would go on to become Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from 1963 to 1969.