Were You Fooled By The Misconceptions About These Classic Stories?

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Truly great stories never die or go out of style. Though these tales have been loved for countless generations, details generally get lost along the way. 

Mental Floss has made a collection of 10 common misconceptions about beloved popular stories, in order to put us all back on the same page and enjoy their true and original versions.


1. Cinderella's slippers may have originally been made out of squirrel fur, not glass.

Cinderella was passed down orally for generations, but the modern telling we're most familiar with wasn't written down until the 1600s. Due to two similar sounding words in the French language, it is possible that it was written down incorrectly, and Cinderella's iconic glass slippers were actually supposed to be made out of fur. Is making shoes out of fur really more impractical than making them out of glass?

2. Several stories commonly attributed to the Grimm Brothers weren't their original ideas.

Much like with Cinderella, The Grimm Brothers didn't invent a lot of the fairy tales for which they are best known. What they are famous for is actually writing them down and having them popularized, which is still a feat in itself.

3. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson weren't middle aged.

In the novels, Sherlock and Dr. Watson were roughly in their 60s, meaning that the Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. eye candy that we know and love today aren't representative of the true story.

4. Sherlock wouldn't have been in love with Irene Adler.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explained that Sherlock was incapable of romance. Though Irene Adler was quite a woman, she wouldn't have caught Sherlock's attention in the same way that she has in modern tellings.

5. Juliet was lamenting Romeo's family, not wondering where he was.

Alone on a balcony, Shakespeare's Juliet says, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" But she isn't just wondering where he is (spoiler: he's hiding in the bushes right next to her). Instead, her next line explains that she's upset that he is who he is, because their family feuds prohibit them being together. "Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I'll no longer be a Capulet."

6. The Frankenstein we think about isn't at all like the one written by Mary Shelley.

Frankenstein (or, more appropriately, Frankenstein's monster) is usually shown with green skin and bolts coming out of his neck. Shelley envisioned the creature as having translucent skin, allowing a clear view of  monster's body parts moving around.

7. Daylight wouldn't have killed Dracula.

As any True Blood fan can tell you, Vampires don't like sunlight. It's often assumed that Dracula had the same reaction to UV rays, but Dracula was able to go out in daylight just fine in Bram Stoker's novel.

8. The original Dracula looked a lot different than what we know today.

Dracula is typically portrayed with jet black hair neatly slicked back, but the original description of everyone's favorite vampire had him sporting long white hair. 

9. King Arthur (and the knights of his round table) may or may not have existed.

The reality of King Arthur has been debated for centuries. While there are some historical references pointing to King Arthur being a real person, some argue about how legitimate these actually are.

10. The Trojan War, if it occurred at all, wasn't like what we think.

While the story of the Trojan Horse and the epic battles of the Trojan War have been told for centuries, the events themselves are more mythology than history. Sure, there are probably threads of true events woven in the tales, but there's no evidence things went down how most of us believe.

Check out the full explanations from Mental Floss:

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