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History vs. Myth

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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Who was the real Count Dracula?

Bram Stoker's Count Dracula was inspired by a 15th-century Romanian prince. If you thought Dracula was scary, you may not want to read any further.


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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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? Find out whether that is truth or myth at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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 »