Speaking of American history and “The Five,” Andrea Tantaros fell victim to a variant of Muphry’s Law on Wednesday. Muphry’s Law (according to Wikipedia) states that “If you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.” Complain that no one knows history, and — you know what happens next.

“Too many people have their feet in their mouths these days,” you announce, biting down on your toe.

Unlike other countries, where they “actually know their history, and they study their history, and they study ours and what we’re doing here” in America, “If you ask most people, they don’t even know why we left England. They don’t even know why some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea. Most people don’t know that.”

To paraphrases Politifact’s ruling on this, most people do not know that because it did not happen.

As PunditFact points out, there was no guy in Boston who tried to secretly raise the tax on tea. But other than that, this is completely correct.

There were people, in England, who tried to raise the tax on tea. There were people in Boston who tried, secretly, to do other things. There were guys in Boston who got their heads blown off. But when you put the information together in one sentence, it ceases to be accurate. Oops.

(Sorry, “The Five!” Thank you for all that you do!)

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