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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.

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What happened to the two other men on Paul Revere's ride?

Did you know that two other men accompanied Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride? Find out who these men were and which one actually made it to Concord.


The Hunt for Noah's Ark Is Ongoing, Probably Futile, Always Intriguing

What's behind the Noah myth? Could we ever find an ark? Did a great flood happen? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Ridiculous History: How an Irish Beer Became the Authority on World Records

What is the relationship between Guinness beer and Guinness World Records? Learn more about world record history in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

There Was an Actual Jones Family Behind 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'

Wyndclyffe, a once-formidable New York mansion spawned the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." Learn the fate of Wyndclyffe at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Gender-specific Bathrooms Are a Relatively Recent Invention

What's the history of gender-specific bathrooms? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. 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 »