15 Things You Were Taught in School That Are Total Lies So you think all along that you could learn every nitty gritty of facts from school? Well think again as there are 15 commonly taught stories which are actually baseless so you have been mislead into believing them this whole time. That the great Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear Many of us were told that the prominent artist sliced off his own ear due to his battle with his mental illness but history might not be pretty accurate with this. There are new findings now which claims that Paul Gauguin, who is another artist was the one responsible for it during a sword duel with Van Gogh. The two artists, maybe consumed by shame had made a pact never to speak about the incident which might be the reason why news of what exactly happened didn’t come to the surface after Van Gogh went to his grave.