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Jun032011

Sarah Palin Offers Her Own Version of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Perhaps this week's lesson in the annals of American history was necessary for Sarah Palin.

In Boston Thursday, visiting Paul Revere's house, she offered her own account of the Revolutionary War hero's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, Mass.:

"He who warned, uh, the...the British that they weren't gonna be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, um, by making sure that as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free...and we were gonna be armed."

Of course, Revere was in fact trying to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British army. And he didn't rely on bells. He was on a covert mission -- although the common folklore retelling of his famous Midnight ride had him yelling,"The British are coming! The British are coming!" for all to hear.

Had he used bells, or shouted, Palin's tour bus might have chugged through the northeast on the left side of the road.

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