11 Common Myths About Historical Figures


The more famous a person gets the more likely it is that people will make things up about them, almost to the point of ridicule sometimes. It was Napoleon Bonaparte actually, who said that history is just a set of lies that people have agreed upon. This being said, it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise that some completely outrageous rumors do sometimes find their way into the history books despite being entirely false to begin with. Let us then take a look at some of the most well-known myths about prominent historical figures, myths that needless to say, were proven time and time again to be untrue.

10Nicolaus Copernicus and the Invention of Bread and Butter

According to an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nicolaus Copernicus, the famed Polish astronomer of medieval times, is to be thanked for introducing the practice of spreading butter over bread. The story goes that back in 1521 during a raid on a Polish castle, Nicolas instructed the servants to apply a layer of cream over the loaves of bread to reveal dirt and other contaminants on the bread’s surface. It is alleged that after his passing, Adolf Buttenadt, a colleague and friend to Copernicus, continued encouraging the practice. The practice was thus called buttenadting, which later evolved to buttering. However, this story lacks merit as Adolf Buttenadt lived in 1900s.