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Top 10: Fake facts debunked

Our selection of the greatest myths in history shows you can’t believe everything you hear

NAPOLEON WASN’T SHORT

During the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France, the British media repeatedly ridiculed French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for being short. This belief even coined the Napoleon complex – the idea that some people adopt aggressive means of gaining power to make up for their short stature.

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The British sold Napoleon short

Napoleon was actually believed to be 5’ 7” – average height of a man in the early 19th century. However, due to the diference between French and British inches, he was originally said to be 5’ 2”. He didn’t help matters by always surrounding himself with bodyguards who were taller than him.

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