51 Favourite Facts You’ve Always Believed That Are Actually False Napoleon wasn't short? Bananas don't grow on trees? Here, the world's most contagious myths and misconceptions—debunked.By DAVID MCCANDLESS, RD.com (with additional reporting by Brandon Specktor) View as list 1 of 53›Photo: Shutterstock Napoleon Was Short A tall tale. At five six, he was slightly above average height for a Frenchman of the time. Here are 5 Historical “Facts” That Are Actually Complete Lies.