You don’t need fiction when history provides you with tales as crazy as the ones we’ve collected for you. Read up while your jaw drops.
Historical Misperceptions Quiz
Sometimes our perception of the past just isn't accurate. Test your knowledge of historical misperceptions with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »
That Was Healthy, and Now It's Deadly: History's Worst Health Claims
Some of history's health claims were lifesavers, and some were life-takers. Test your knowledge of the worst ones with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Quiz: Real Headline or Onion Headline?
Can you separate real headlines from Onion headlines? Test your knowledge by taking this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »
10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Story
Some news stories are easy to spot as fakes, others are harder. See 10 ways to spot a fake news story to learn more. See more »
Was there a real John Henry?
The ballad and folktale of John Henry, the tireless railroad worker, is the stuff of American legend. But was John Henry a real person? Find out. See more »
Was there a real Paul Bunyan?
The story of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack, is one of the most enduring tall tales. But was Paul Bunyan based on a real person? Find out. See more »
Did Vikings really have horns on their helmets?
Viking helmets are often depicted as having horns protruding from either side. But did the Vikings really wear such things? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Did William Tell really shoot an apple off his son’s head?
Is the myth about William Tell shooting an apple of his son's head true? Learn about William Tell and if he shot an apple of his son's head. See more »
Did women really burn their bras in the ‘70s?
Did angry women burn their bras in the '70s as part of the women's liberation movement? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Does the Parthenon really follow the golden ratio?
The Parthenon was thought to have been built following a mathematical concept called the golden ratio. Is this true? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »
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