20 Surprising Theories That Offer An Alternative Take On History

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Even when you think you know everything there is to know about history, there’s always another side to the story. After all, the past is largely only available to us through the recorded accounts of those alive at the time, and those documents may not always be as truthful as we might at first assume. It’s no wonder, then, that so many mind-blowing alternative historical theories have arisen. Prepare to have your world rocked.

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20. The Titanic didn’t really sink

In fact, so the theory goes, it was actually the Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, which sank in 1912. According to Robin Gardiner, the Olympic had been damaged in 1911, so in order to recoup some insurance money on it, the ship’s owners swapped it with the Titanic and planned for it to sink – but slowly enough that lifeboats could rescue everyone aboard. Instead, 1,500 people died when the ship struck an iceberg.

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19. Or if it did, it was on purpose

Another theory surrounding the sinking of the Titanic – and there are many – posits that financier J.P. Morgan had the ship sunk intentionally, in order to purge those opposed to the Federal Reserve Bank’s creation. Indeed, at least three notable men hostile to the idea died on the Titanic, and Morgan himself canceled his booking at the last minute.

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