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Stuff and Nonsense: Myths That Should by Now Be History - Jenny La Fleur
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Stuff and Nonsense: Myths That Should by Now Be History
Here is a great article from Williamsburg on Museum Myths... very interesting read.

http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Winter08/stuff.cfm

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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: April 13th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC) (link)
I heard a whole bunch of those myths while on a tour of Williamsburg. I was super annoyed at the tour guide.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 13th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I got one in the Governers Palace one time - very annoying. The small houses and historic sites are the worst though... they can be SO bad!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 13th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC) (link)
I've heard a few there too--it's so frustrating! They know the stuff, but it somehow doesn't filter out!
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: April 13th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Ohh...the one about the pineapple actually makes me sad. Though I will say that NONE of these compare to the "fact" I heard a few weekends ago at Mitchie Tavern near Montecello: According to a docent in their clothing shop, 18th century people didn't like/were afraid to cut fabric, so that's why all their clothing is made from squares.
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: April 13th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm shocked at the melting makeup myth :o
mandie_rw From: mandie_rw Date: April 13th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Great article; very interesting! I hate hearing those kinds of myths and others like them from people who should really know better. But it's difficult to say, "Um, no, you're wrong!" to someone like a tour guide! The horror stories about corsets drive me mad, though. Yeah, sure, we all know about Scarlett O'Hara's seventeen-inch waist or whatever... *eyeroll*
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: April 13th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Interesting read! I've never heard any of the myths before, but the "death by flaming petticoat" one cracked me up. If it had really been a leading cause of death, would women have been so dumb as to not make narrower skirts/not stand so close to the fire/shorten the petticoats? :D
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