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Independence Day Myths Debunked

There are so many myths surrounding our Founding Fathers and Independence Day. We chose four to debunk this 4th of July.
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Independence Day Myths Debunked

Newsy Debunks: 4 Myths about Independence Day & our Founding Fathers. 

#1. Our first president George Washington did not have wooden teeth. 

It's no secret Old George had dental issues...

...but he didn't fix them with tree bark. 

He did use lead, ivory and even gold in his dentures. (Video via George Washington's Mount Vernon

Flavor Flav would be proud. 

#2. The turkey was not a close second for the national bird. 

Benjamin Franklin was a fan of the turkey, but it wasn't seriously considered. 

But that wasn't the weirdest idea. 

John Adams wanted Hercules on the Seal

#3. The Declaration of Independence is not written on hemp. 

Pot supporters use this myth in their legalization fight.  

It's actually written on parchment

#4. Everything did not go down on July 4. 

The declaration was only adopted July 4th..

Independence was declared two days before

Most didn't sign it until August 2. 

So this famous painting — probably never happened