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.
'Acoustic Kitty': The CIA's Not-so-purrfect Plan to Make a Cat a Spy
The World's Shortest War Lasted Just 38 Minutes
The Byford Dolphin Accident: How 5 Deep-Sea Divers Met Grisly Deaths
England's Eccentric 'Camberley Kate' Never Turned Away a Stray
Queen Elizabeth II Steered the British Monarchy Into the 21st Century
Meet the Conman Who Sold the Brooklyn Bridge — Many Times Over
Emergence of Hunger Stones Signals Worst European Drought in 500 Years
What Kind of King Will Charles III Be?
In 19th-century Paris, the Morgue Was the Best Show in Town
Reign of Terror: The Forgotten Story of the Osage Tribe Murders
New York City's Iconic Dakota Helped Gild the Gilded Age
America's Black Holocaust Museum Reopens After 14-Year Closure
Who Were the Real Women Warriors of Dahomey?
The Order of Assassins Was Very Real and Very Deadly
How Did Ancient Aztecs Use the Haunting Aztec Death Whistle?
The French Resistance Took Many Forms During WWII
Inside Unit 731, Japan's Gruesome WWII Human Experiment Program
Incredible History: When WWII POWs Held an Olympics in a Nazi Camp
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Ben Franklin flying a kite during a lightning storm makes for a great image, but skeptics question whether it really went down that way.
Since Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere has gotten the credit for warning colonists about the British attack in 1775, but is he worthy?
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?
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.
Sixty-one percent of Americans think others beside Lee Harvey Oswald were involved in JFK's murder, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. While this is the lowest percentage in nearly 50 years, it's still very high. What are the leading conspiracy theories?
We use the term "suckers" lightly -- even experts have been fooled by some of the faux antiques on this list. How can a painting, sculpture or sacred document carry a false identity for so long, and what happens when the ruse is revealed?
The United States is the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So why were some West Coasters forcibly relocated after the attack on Pearl Harbor?
By Jane McGrath
Classic American lore would have us believe that Betsy Ross made the first U.S. flag, but some historians dismiss this as just a tale. So, who's right? If not Betsy, then who made the first flag?