Maybe the infamous Trojan Horse wasn’t real, but it could have inspired actual methods used during the Trojan War.
Tibetans attempt to summon supernatural powers to combat the extreme drought.
The author of the Harry Potter series threw herself a birthday party that featured a “lost manuscript” displayed in an unexpected way.
Most of the stories we remember hearing as young children avoid content that is gruesome or unsettling. But some writers feel that it’s healthier to share stories with a more frightening side.
Almost half a millennium ago in the New World, Spanish explorers heard tales of a land filled with gold and treasure. Soon, the myth of El Dorado was born. Read this article to learn the truth behind the myth. Did El Dorado really exist?
There’s definitely one of the tales of the Brothers Grimm that you’ve never heard, because it was developed using artificial intelligence after analyzing their works. Find out what that’s all about and why stories about princesses and shepherds still capture us.
Mark Twain’s tale about the young Prince Edward may be fiction, but Edward’s true story is even stranger. Crowned king at age 9, he faced the plotting and scheming of his power-hungry uncles.
Are the tales of King Arthur based in fact? TL;DR: Probably not, but they’re a lot of fun!
Learn about an Aztec legend by getting an up-close look at a terrifying statue.
Vampire stories began way before Dracula. Find out about the real-life afflictions that made people believe frightening tales.
Once upon a time, fairy tales weren’t for children. They weren’t even written down. Read this history to learn how much fairy tales—even the ones with which we’re most familiar—have changed over time. Be sure to follow the links to older versions of the tales, and find out for yourself!
Where do fairy tales and legends come from? At least one well-known tale is rooted in a real historic event.
The source of many bizarre tales, this area of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed a surprising number of ships and planes. But it’s not sea monsters or extraterrestrials causing the chaos.
What makes for a great story? Find out from the pros.
Just as many cultures have a version of the Cinderella story, similarities in myths and legends appear around the world.
What happens when someone born poor is raised in wealth, and vice versa? Read about how the lives of two Japanese men shed light on how we succeed, or don’t.
Some of the stories you loved best when you were younger probably concerned wishes. Why are wish tales so popular?
The legend of King Arthur, the hero who saved Britain, may not be true, but it has inspired people for more than 1,000 years. Read an article about what we know of Arthur tales, accompanied by a video summing up the most famous stories.
A geologist explores the intersection between his own field and myths around the world.
In this short video, the author of novels based in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythologies discusses why mythology and middle school are a perfect fit.