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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.

Were there binoculars aboard the Titanic?

 Were there binoculars aboard the Titanic?

Were binoculars on the Titanic? If so, why weren't they used to avoid the iceberg? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Were witches really burned at the stake in Salem?

 Were witches really burned at the stake in Salem?

Did the Salem witches really get burned at the stake? Explore the history and myths behind the Salem witch trials. See more »

Did the Druids really build Stonehenge?

 Did the Druids really build Stonehenge?

Stonehenge was a major project, which probably involved many groups including the Druids. Learn more about Stonehenge at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did the Spanish Flu pandemic really start in Spain?

 Did the Spanish Flu pandemic really start in Spain?

More people died during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic than during World War I. Learn if Spain was to blame for the Spanish Flu at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Mussolini really keep the trains running on time?

 Did Mussolini really keep the trains running on time?

Mussolini's dictatorship was brutal, but supposedly efficient. Did he care about train times? Learn more about Mussolini's trains at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Romans really purge their bellies in vomitoria?

 Did Romans really purge their bellies in vomitoria?

The ancient Romans were so decadent that it's said they'd vomit mid-feast just to eat more. Learn more about vomitoria at HowwStuffWorks. See more »

Did people in the past really only live to be 30?

 Did people in the past really only live to be 30?

Back in the day people generally didn't live past the age of 30, or so we've been told. Learn the truth about our ancestors at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did George Washington really have wooden teeth?

 Did George Washington really have wooden teeth?

George Washington was a powerful man with few weaknesses, were his teeth one of them? Learn more about Washington's wooden teeth at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Einstein really fail math?

 Did Einstein really fail math?

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists to ever live, but was he always such a wiz? Learn more about Einstein's 'genius' at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Benjamin Franklin really use a kite to discover electricity?

 Did Benjamin Franklin really use a kite to discover electricity?

Did Benjamin Franklin really discover electricity in the midst of a thunderstorm? Learn more about Ben Franklin's kite experiment at HowStuffWorks. See more »