Monthly Archives: August 2008

Did the Great Chicago Fire really start with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow?


In all of history, no cow is more infamous than Mrs. O’Leary’s. The farm animals was accused of kicking over a lantern and starting the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8, 1871. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn whether … Continue reading

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How King Arthur Worked


Thanks to his enduring presence in western culture, the name King Arthur conjures up a very specific image. Take a look at our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surround King Arthur.

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Did the ancient Greeks get their ideas from the Africans?


Known today as Egypt, Kemet is one of the longest-lived cultures in the world. The great Greek scholars studied at the Kemetic temple-universities, and based their learning on the Kemetic system. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more.

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How the Great Train Robbery Worked


On the night of August 8, 1963, a gang of thieves stole bank notes worth the equivalent of $50 million. Take a look at our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the great train robbery.

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Who was the real Count Dracula?


Vlad Tepes, a 15th-century Wallachian prince, was the notoriously blood-thirsty basis for Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror character. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about Vlad Tepes.

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How the Donner Party Worked


While stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains, members of the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism in an effort to survive the harsh winter of 1846. Learn more about the fact and fiction of the Donner Party legend in our HowStuffWorks … Continue reading

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How the Berlin Wall Worked


The Berlin Wall divided a country and a city, but it had a purpose. Learn more about its history and how JFK and Barack Obama fit into the picture in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

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