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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.


Did Paul Revere really yell 'The British Are Coming'?

 Did Paul Revere really yell 'The British Are Coming'?

Paul Revere has been a lauded figured in American History, but how much of his story is true? Learn more about Paul Revere at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Johnny Appleseed really plant apples all over America?

 Did Johnny Appleseed really plant apples all over America?

Johnny Appleseed is a staple of American folklore. Learn if johnny Appleseed really planted apples all over America at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Myths About How Cars Used to Work

 5 Myths About How Cars Used to Work

Not everything you know about how cars work, especially about how older cars work, is necessarily true. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Expressions That Came From the Ancient World

 10 Expressions That Came From the Ancient World

Some sayings and phrases come and go, but some have been around since the ancient world. Learn more about ancient expressions at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did settlers really land at Plymouth Rock because they were out of beer?

 Did settlers really land at Plymouth Rock because they were out of beer?

Did settlers really land at Plymouth Rock because they were out of beer? Find out whether that is truth or myth at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 False History 'Facts' Everyone Knows

 10 False History 'Facts' Everyone Knows

Lots of great stories from history we learned in school are just plain wrong. Here are 10 false history facts from HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination

 10 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination

Sixty-one percent of Americans think Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. Here are 10 conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination. See more »

10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

 10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

Even famous antiques can turn out to be fakes or forgeries. Find out about 10 examples of antiques that turned out to be fake. See more »

10 Real Events That Seem Like Hoaxes

 10 Real Events That Seem Like Hoaxes

Which real events sound like hoaxes? Find out more about real events that seem like hoaxes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 of History's Most Torrid Love Affairs

 10 of History's Most Torrid Love Affairs

History's most torrid love affairs rival those portrayed in fiction. Learn about 10 of history's most torrid love affairs. See more »