Ben Carson 'fabricated' his admission to West Point military academy

Ben Carson thinks the pyramids were built to store grain, and that might not be the only historical fact he's having trouble with.

The Republican frontrunner and groundbreaking neuroscientist has described 'violent' episodes during his teenage years before he reformed and went on to Yale.

Carson has often cited the moment he was offered a scholarship to the prestigious West Point military academy as the turning point in his life, but on Friday, it emerged that he was not offered a scholarship to the military school, and in fact the school has no record he ever applied.

In an interview with The New York Times after doubts on his claim were cast, Carson said:

I don’t remember all the specific details. Because I had done so extraordinarily well you know I was told that someone like me – they could get a scholarship to West Point. But I made it clear I was going to pursue a career in medicine.

A separate investigation by CNN has also disputed Carson's claims about his troubled teenagerhood.

Carson wrote in his 1990 autobiography that he had a "pathological temper” as a young adult.

CNN report that during a September forum at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Carson said of an incident at school, in which he claimed to attempt to stab a friend:

I was trying to kill somebody.

The news network reached out to nine former classmates, all of whom were unable to verify any incidents.

An article on CNN reads:

One former classmate told the network: 'I don’t know nothing about that… it would have been all over the whole school.' Another classmate told CNN, 'I personally do not have knowledge of those incidents… I wondered, ‘When did that happen?'

A former friend of Carson said if he was as big a hothead as he described, it wouldn’t be a secret. "He got through his day trying not to be noticed… I remember him having a pocket saver. He had thick glasses. He was skinny and unremarkable.'

Meanwhile, Carson has also made headlines for standing by his belief that the pyramids were used to store grain rather than dead pharaohs.

Carson’s commencement speech espousing these views was recently unearthed by Buzzfeed, who published Carson’s 1998 commencement speech to Andrews University:

My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don't think it'd just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.

When asked about the comment in an interview this week with CBS News, Carson reiterated:

It's still my belief, yes.

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