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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7 Finger-lickin' Legends About Colonel Sanders and KFC

Was Sanders a real colonel? Does KFC use real chicken or something else? Find out as we bust some myths about KFC and its founder.

Searching for the Lost Horizon of Shangri-La

A fictional paradise created by British author James Hilton in the 1933 novel "Lost Horizon," the mystical Tibetan paradise of Shangri-La remains largely mythical, despite the Chinese effort to make it a "real" place.

What's the Secret Behind the Number 666?

These three numbers are a favorite of horror movies dealing with the occult. But where did they come from, and what or whom do they really refer to?

No Need to Beware the Ides of March, Actually

March 15, the Ides of March, has become synonymous with betrayal, lost loyalty and unwelcome surprises. But should this day still make us wary?

Hades, Greek God of the Underworld, Had a Pretty Good Gig

In comparison to his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, Hades ended up with a mixed bag, ruling over both the dead and everything under the earth, including seeds, grains, gold and silver. But it's not as though the Greek god got the short straw.

What Happened to the Lost Colony at Roanoke?

When Gov. John White left Roanoke to gather supplies from England, he was astonished at what he found when he returned. The colonists were gone, their houses were gone and the only clue to their whereabouts was a tree carved with the word "CROATOAN."

How 'Scarface' Al Capone Became the Original Gangster

Al Capone was one of the most notorious gangsters in American history, ruling the streets of Chicago with an iron fist. So why did it take tax evasion to bring him down?

Cash for Teeth: The Legend of the Tooth Fairy

If you have kids, you may have noticed that the price for a lost tooth has skyrocketed. But do all you tooth fairies out there know where the idea of exchanging money for teeth came from?

How Hercules Totally Nailed His 12 Labors

Hercules was forced to repent for murdering his family by performing a series of 12 seemingly impossible tasks, or labors. Here's how he rocked every one of them.

7 Facts About Crafty Athena, Favorite Daughter of Zeus

Regarded as the goddess of wisdom and war, the patron of Athens is also considered the goddess of all things crafty and was the favorite of the Greek god Zeus.

Anubis Was Ancient Egypt's Jackal-headed Guard Dog of the Dead

Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the dead and protector of the gates to the underworld, was said to oversee every aspect of the process of dying and mummification.

The Ghost of Wild West Gunslinger Tom Horn Still Haunts Wyoming

Tom Horn had a wild reputation and even murdered a few people. But there's doubt as to whether he really shot young Willie Nickell, the crime for which he was hanged. In fact some say his ghost is looking for justice.

Meet Hell-Cat Maggie, the Mythical Dame of the Dead Rabbits Gang

Hell-Cat Maggie, Gallus Mag and Sadie the Goat sure have colorful names. They're alleged to be members of various 19th century New York gangs. But did any of them really exist?

Can a Country Buy Another Country?

Trump's recent inquiry into the possibility of the United States buying Greenland made us wonder if countries can actually buy and sell each other.

Why Can't We Find Jimmy Hoffa's Body?

Jimmy Hoffa mysteriously disappeared on July 30, 1975 and hasn't been seen since. We talked to one expert with an ingenious theory about what might have actually happened.

Where Was Babylon and Does It Still Exist?

The ancient city of Babylon was a byword for wickedness in the Bible. But what is the real story? And how did Saddam Hussein try to bring it back?

Project MKUltra: When the CIA Tested LSD on Unsuspecting Americans

A bad LSD trip can drive a person to suicide. So why would the CIA use American citizens as guinea pigs for its drug research?

7 Beautiful Facts About Aphrodite

You probably know that Aphrodite was the ancient Greek goddess of love. Here are seven other facts you may not know about this enduring symbol of passion.

Why Arkansas Is Never Pronounced 'Ar-Kansas'

Apparently, Kansas is the state whose name is mispronounced.

Who Is the Sandman?

Is he a jolly little man in jammies or a monster carrying a sack of eyeballs? European legend says the Sandman is probably both.

Quiz: How Did States Get Their Names?

What does 'Massachusetts' mean? Why are there two Dakotas when one would have been plenty? Find out what you really know about the names of America's states and where they originated with our quiz.

When Government Conspiracies Come True

Not all conspiracies are bogus. Some have managed to be real, and the work of the government.

Ridiculous History: When an X-wing Pilot Was Questioned After Kennedy's Assassination

After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the FBI left no stone unturned during its investigation. At one point, the investigation led to a most unlikely place.

The Mysterious Skeletons in Ben Franklin's Basement

Surely you know Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father of the United States. But could he also have been a grave robber, or even serial killer?

Was the Iroquois Great Law of Peace the Source for the U.S. Constitution?

A popular meme says that the U.S. Constitution notion of democracy really came from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace, except that the Native Americans' version was more inclusive. How true is this?