Eve ate an apple

Nowhere in history is it mentioned that Eve ate an apple. In the biblical tale of Adam and Eve, Eve is known only to have eaten a “fruit” but the notion that it was an apple is only a myth. Eve may have eaten any other fruit but an apple—because it is nowhere specifically mentioned.

Columbus proved the earth was round

Columbus did not prove that the earth was round because he did not believe in it himself. He thought that the earth was pear-shaped. And when he set sail, it was to prove that Asia was closer than what people thought at the time, which, too, was wrong.

America became independent on 4th July, 1776

On 4th July, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by the founding fathers of America. But the war continued for another seven years and independence was finally achieved on 3rd September, 1783.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned

Another popular myth is that the mad Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burnt in the Great Fire in 64 A.D. It would have been impossible because the violin would have been invented almost 1600 years later. According to historians, he may have been unaware of the fire, and may have played a different instrument like a lute or a lyre.

Magellan circumnavigated the world

As popular belief goes, Magellan circumnavigated the world and was killed by natives in the Philippines. But the truth is different: Magellan only reached halfway round the world and then his second-in-command, Juan Sebastian Elcano completed the circumnavigation.

Napoleon was a little corporal

The title “little corporal” did not refer to Napoleon’s height. The original title was “Le Petit Corporal” which translates as “little corporal.” But Napoleon was 5 feet 7 inches tall and the title only refers to his low rank at the start of his military career.

Van Gogh sliced his ear off

Van Gogh is known mainly as the artist who starved most of his life and was able to sell only one painting in his life. Also, the story that he sliced his ear off and then committed suicide after a fight with Gauguin is quite well known. But the truth might be different. Van Gogh was not starving most of his life because apart from being an artist, he was also an art dealer. And he may only have sliced off a part of his lobe, not his entire ear.

The Sewer Alligator

Another popular myth is about alligators in the sewage systems of New York City. Rumours about alligators coming out of sewage systems all over the city and the police going underground to hunt them down still do the round today.

The Good Samaritan

A man has a flat tyre and is helped by a motorist who stops by and lends a helping hand to him. The man asks for his address and promises to send him a reward. Some weeks later, the motorist receives a check for $10000 along with a thank you note. The story about the Good Samaritan is nothing but a myth.


The many urban legends that surround the popular soft drink Cola have come to be known as Cokelore. The most popular legend is about the combination of drinking of the soft drink and the successive eating of a candy which together combine and create disastrous effects to your health. All such stories have been proven to be false.

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