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.


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

Since people generally didn't live past the age of 30, our ancestors didn't have to contend as much with issues of aging, right? Not exactly.

Did George Washington really have wooden teeth?

George Washington is the subject of numerous myths, including a persistent one about the material used to make his dentures.

Did Einstein really fail math?

Einstein's genius supposedly had at least one glaring flaw -- that he failed math at some point in his educational career.

Did Benjamin Franklin really use a kite to discover electricity?

Ben Franklin flying a kite during a lightning storm makes for a great image, but skeptics question whether it really went down that way.

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

Since Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere has gotten the credit for warning colonists about the British attack in 1775, but is he worthy?

Did Johnny Appleseed really plant apples all over America?

Johnny Appleseed is as much a staple of American folklore as Paul Bunyan, but is the image of him selflessly planting orchards of delicious apples across the country true?

5 Myths About How Cars Used to Work

You've likely heard tales about the automobile all your life, including pearls of wisdom about maintenance and even best color choice. But not everything you think you know about cars is true.

10 Expressions That Came From the Ancient World

If you can see the writing on the wall and know that all roads lead to Rome, you're using some expressions that are more than 2,000 years old. Where did they come from and why have they survived?

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

With all of myths about the Pilgrims, the notion that a beer shortage led to the Mayflower's landing seems ludicrous at best. Read on for the truth.

10 False History 'Facts' Everyone Knows

If you think Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head or Napoleon was extremely short, you may need a history refresher. These 10 “facts” are really fiction.