misinformation

fish, as Christian symbol.

Although it might seem to have, the fish as a symbol for Christ and, by extension, for Christians or Christianity, has nothing to do with the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  The fish symbol, found in the catacombs and many other ancient monuments, started as a Greek rebus.  The letters in the Greek word for “fish” form the first letters of the Greek words “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”

forks.

Perhaps encouraged by the memorable film performance of the late Charles Laughton as a finger-licking Henry VIII, the belief that forks were unknown until quite recently is widespread.  This is not so; there is a reference to a “silvir forke” for table use in the Oxford English Dictionary.  The quotation is dated 1463, almost thirty years before Henry VIII was born.

leathernecks.

This term for members of the United States Marine Corps did not originate recently, nor does it have any reference either to the sunburn that might conceivably result from duty on the shores of Tripoli, or the kind of stiff military bearing often associated with the Marine Corps.  It was, in fact, first applied to the light infantry, who were the elite of George Washington’s army and wore dashing leather helmets with horsehair crests.

Mount Ararat.

Noah’s ark did not come to rest on Mount Ararat.  it came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  There is no reference to a single mountain called Ararat in the Bible.  See Genesis 8:4

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