The Midnight Ruin of Paul Revere (with Chris Parnell) | Adam Ruins Everything

The Midnight Ruin of Paul Revere (with Chris Parnell) | Adam Ruins Everything

August 15, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


(whistling) – [Narrator] Put down your
smartphones and let me, your trusty uncorrectable narrator, guide you through my animated chronicle of fascinating historical facts. Let us being with the
founding of our nation, the American Revolution. It’s the story of honest,
faithful George Washington, who lead his band of patriots to victory. – Come, patriots, fight for liberty. – [Audience Member] For freedom! – [Audience Member] For liberty! – [Audience Member] And because
we hate tea for some reason. – Actually. – [Narrator] Patriots, like Paul Revere, whose midnight ride saved Boston. – The British are coming,
the British are coming! – Uh, that’s not– – [Paul Revere] The British are coming! – [Narrator] And the brave soldiers of the Continental Army who, united by a desire to be
free, overcame tyranny. – [Adam] Actually everything
you just said is wrong. – [Narrator] That’s it,
who do you think you are, interrupting my show? – Hi, I’m Adam. – [Narrator] Adam, who in the– Ah, you must be one of the Frenchmen. You don’t come in until later. – I’m not French. – [Narrator] You’re going
to tell me you’re not French with hair and clothes like that? – Nope, not French, but destroying misconceptions
is my raison d’etre. Many of the stories we
know about the Revolution aren’t really history, they’re myths. So I’m here to set the record straight. – [Narrator] Stop dog
earing the page, you jerk! You’re ruining it. – Sorry, ruining is kind of my thing. I’m Adam Conover, and this
is Reanimated History. (rapid music) (scream) (explosion) – [Narrator] Now that
the blond man is gone, allow me to regale you with the story of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. It was April 18th, 1775. Paul was sent to warn the militiamen of Lexington and Concord of an
impending British attack, but first he needed to know will they come by land or by sea? – That’s the signal. One if by land, two if by sea. Away to Lexington and Concord! Ya! The British are coming,
the British are coming! The British
– Revere rode through the night,
– are coming! – rallying militia with his cries. Dozens of patriot lives were saved, and it was all thanks
to one man, Paul Revere. – [Adam] What a stirring tale. Stirringly inaccurate. – [Narrator] (groans) Okay,
where are you this time? Are you the horse again? – Nuh uh, up here. First of all, Revere never
said, “The British are coming.” At this point, many people
in the colonies were British, so that would have been really confusing. – The British are coming,
the British are coming! (bang)
(horse whinnies) – I’m British and so are you! Are you saying we’re
coming or you’re coming? Stop yelling in the third
person and go to sleep. – They actually called the
British Army the regulars. – Oh, uh, I meant to say
the regulars are coming. – Regulars, why didn’t you say so? Bang, bang! – Second, Revere didn’t ride
around the streets yelling. That would have gotten him captured. This was more of a well
planned intelligence mission. – The regulars are com … Sorry, the regulars are coming. – Thank you, no need to yell. – But most importantly, Paul Revere never even
completed his midnight ride. – [Narrator] What? – Remember those famous signal
lanterns from the beginning? Revere didn’t even see them. They were actually for a
different Son of Liberty named Dr. Joseph Warren, and for the historic
ride, he decided to send– – William Dawes. – Huh? – [Narrator] Who on
earth is William Dawes? – [Adam] He was another Son of Liberty, and the first man to be
sent on the midnight ride. Revere didn’t set out until later, and they wound up warning the
militia of Lexington together. – The regulars are coming,
the regulars are coming. – [Adam] Then after leaving Lexington, they were both detained
by British soldiers and thrown in jail. Another rider named Samuel Prescott ended up warning Concord. In fact, by then lots of
other riders had already been dispatched to warn
the local militias. – [Narrator] But if all those
riders were warning the towns, that would mean Revere’s midnight ride wasn’t special at all! – Exactly. In fact, in the years that followed, most people forgot about
Revere’s midnight ride entirely. It wasn’t even mentioned in his obituary. (light piano music) (chimes)