America: Facts vs. Fiction
Snake oil wasn't always a scam.Chinese immigrants who came to the United States brought with them actual snake oil to help with the pains and inflammation brought on by strenuous railroad construction.
The Truth About Snake Oil and Snake Oil Salesmen
Incredibly enough the mayor of New York City, Fernando Wood, suggested in 1861 that New York City secede and declare itself a free city because of its lucrative ties to the cotton industry.
That Time NYC Wanted to Secede From the US
There's much about the events leading up to and the Boston Tea Party itself that is misunderstood.
Boston Tea Party Misconceptions
If all other manners of conflict resolution are exhausted a duel is the last resort.
Dueling is the Last Resort
Many know the research conducted around the first atomic bombs as the "Manhattan Project," but was it really based in New York City?
Separating Facts from Fiction Around the Manhattan Project
Did you know that NASA went out of its way to embrace the unlucky number thirteen?
Unlucky Number 13 and Apollo XIII
The two-day weekend wasn't always the case. What caused the 20th century weekend we've all come to know and love?
The Origins of the Weekend
In 1932 Rear Admiral Harry Yarnell mounted a simulated attack on Pearl Harbor utilizing carrier-based airplanes to expose how vulnerable it was to a carrier-borne attack. The Japanese took notice.
The Pearl Harbor Attack of 1932
In the fourth century A.D. Christmas supplanted the Roman Saturnalia festival, but the tradition of wild celebrations continued.
Christmas Used to Be Like One Big Frat Party
Before it was a federal penitentiary Alcatraz housed a military prison, and it was a lot easier to escape. Learn more about Alcatraz including how some prisoners made it off The Rock.
Several Prisoners Did Escape From Alcatraz
There are many myths surrounding the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic, in particular with regards to the ship's captain, Edward Smith.
The Myths Around Captain Smith and the Titanic
From the War of 1812 to the renovation of 1948, the White House underwent several dramatic changes, but can you separate its facts versus fiction?
The Truths About the White House
Many myths and confusion surround the history and our understanding of slaves' flight from the South.
The Many Myths of Slaves and the Underground Railroads
The United States Bullion Depository, or the more commonly-referred to Fort Knox, is filled with as many misconceptions as it is gold.
The Myths Surrounding and Inside Fort Knox
It wasn't John Glenn's reentry into the Earth's atmosphere in Friendship 7 that caused the most concern for his Earth-orbiting mission but liftoff in the surprisingly fragile Atlas rocket.
John Glenn's Atlas Rocket Had A 40% Chance Of Exploding On Launch
Many myths endure about Pocahontas, mainly because of the tales told by her contemporary, colonist John Smith.
The Truth About Pocahontas