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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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?

By Diana Brown

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

U.S. pilots at the time called them foo fighters, but were these UFOs weapons of war being developed by the Nazis? Many still say yes.

By Diana Brown

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Conspiracy theorists claim the Smithsonian Institution holds the truth behind the ancient people that once thrived in the Grand Canyon — and they weren't Native Americans.

By Diana Brown

The ancient Greeks have been warning us about the rise and fall of technology as far back as Talos, everyone's favorite mythological man of bronze.

By Robert Lamb

Thousands of pages related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are now public information. Will they finally dispel years of conspiracies?

By Diana Brown

Did British Navy diver Lionel Crabb conspire with the Soviets or did they kill him for spying?

By Diana Brown

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The Bermuda Triangle's Eastern counterpoint — the Dragon's Triangle — is located in the Philippine Sea and has supposedly been swallowing up ships for centuries.

By Diana Brown

There's no question the Titanic sank, but could it have been intentional?

By Diana Brown

Scientists and treasure hunters have searched for the fabled Nazi Gold Train for decades, but efforts have stepped up recently, thanks to new technology. A new group of searchers think they have a unique angle.

By Dave Roos

A small area of West Yellowstone National Park has no residents, which opens it up to a strange loophole: lawlessness.

By Diana Brown

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End-of-days predictions have come and gone for, well, centuries. So, will the Sept. 23, 2017 prophecy be the first to come true?

By Sarah Gleim

Were Japanese fishermen visited by a beautiful Russian spy in 1803 — or was it an alien?

By Diana Brown

Why do we call it a grandfather clock — instead of maybe grandmother clock?

By Mark Mancini

His mysterious vanishing sparked tons of speculation and one of the biggest missing person cases in U.S. history.

By Kate Kershner

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The biblical flood myth has captivated millions, some so much that they go out looking to prove it actually happened, or build their own replica arks.

By Laurie L. Dove

What's the relationship between Guinness beer and the Guinness Book of World Records? How did it start?

By Laurie L. Dove

A crumbling brick fortress in New York state proves that it's not so easy to keep up with the Joneses after all.

By Laurie L. Dove

Bathrooms have been a social battleground in the U.S., from the civil rights' movement of the 1960s to the contemporary struggles for equality. What's the big deal?

By Laurie L. Dove

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Some stories are easy to spot as fakes: "Lindsay Lohan Gives Birth to Two-headed Monster!" Others are harder: "The President Suffered a Heart Attack!" So how can you tell the fake news from the real?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

The ballad and folktale of John Henry, the tireless railroad worker, is the stuff of American legend. An amazing story of the human spirit and work ethic, yes, but was John Henry a real person?

By Debra Ronca

The story of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack, is one of the most enduring tall tales in North America. Most of us assume that the character is a fictional creation, but was he actually based on a real person?

By Debra Ronca & Melanie Radzicki McManus

You can immediately recognize Viking warriors by their helmets, with impressive horns protruding from either side. Doesn't seem very practical, though.

By Laurie L. Dove

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William Tell is associated with the Lone Ranger thanks to the music of Rossini's opera, but he's also a legendary figure in Swiss history.

By Laurie L. Dove

The women's liberation movement conjures up an image that endures today: angry women burning their bras. So how often did undergarments get set aflame?

By Laurie L. Dove