Lost Legend

Lost Legend

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.

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California flag
Bearing the Flag
  • 1 June 2003
History: The hidden story of how the design of the California state flag was based...
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Mr. Ed
Mister Ed was a Zebra
  • 8 July 2000
Was Mister Ed a horse?
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fraction equations on blackboard
Mississippi Fractions
  • 13 August 1999
Did Mississippi schools remove fractions and decimals from their math curriculum?
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Why Did ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ Change Their Name to ‘KFC’?
  • 27 January 2000
Did KFC change its name from 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' to eliminate the word 'fried'?
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mobile home park
Mobile Home Origin
  • 26 May 2004
Are mobile homes so named because they can be moved from place to place?
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Illustration of the Titanic
1911 Poseidon Adventure
  • 12 September 1999
Was the film 'The Poseidon Adventure' being shown aboard the Titanic when it hit the...
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Illustration for nursery rhyme "Sing a Song for Sixpence"
Pirates and Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • 25 April 1999
The nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ originated as a coded message used to...
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Closeup of a Tarzan of the Apes poster
Tarzan and Tarzana
  • 19 August 1998
Was the community of Tarzana, California, named after Tarzan?
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George Bernard Shaw
Closed For Remodeling
  • 20 July 1999
Was the derisive title of one of George Bernard Shaw's plays changed after it wreaked...
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