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Home --> The Repository of Lost Legends

The Repository of Lost Legends

These legends aren't really lost — we've known where they were the whole time! We created The Repository of Lost Legends (TRoLL for short) for those of you who don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. If you have a taste for the unusual and arcane (and can suspend your disbelief just a little), sample some of these precious gems.


Ratings Key

        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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definition of our rating system.


Green bullet The Mississippi state legislature removed fractions and decimal points from the mathematics curriculum of public secondary schools.

Red bullet Television's Mister Ed was a horse.

Red bullet Mobile homes are so named because they can be moved from place to place.

Green bullet The design of the California state flag was the result of a mistake.

Red bullet The Kentucky Fried Chicken chain changed its name to KFC in order to eliminate the word "fried" from its title.

Green bullet The nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" originated as a coded message used for recruiting pirates.

Green bullet The derisive title of one of George Bernard Shaw's plays was changed after it wreaked havoc on theater attendance.

Green bullet When the Titanic hit an iceberg in the north Atlantic, the silent version of the film The Poseidon Adventure was being screened aboard ship.

Red bullet The town of Tarzana, CA was named after the famous ape man.

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