October means Halloween is coming—you know, the very witching hour of night when churchyards yawn and graves give up their dead and so on. But if you're still picking out your costume—and you're looking for something a little scarier than Sexy Donald Trump—you might need a refresher course, because it's surprising how much we don't know about some of our most iconic monsters. Luckily, Jeopardy! monster Ken Jennings has unchained his debunking abilities and is ready with the spooky scoop.
The Debunker: Was the Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Built from Corpses?
Yes, yes, we all know by now that "Frankenstein" is actually not the name of the monster in Mary Shelley's landmark 1818 horror novel (or any of the dozens of subsequent adaptations). Victor Frankenstein is the ethically challenged scientists who creates the monster; the creation itself is usually just called something generic like "creature" or "fiend." The confusion pre-dates the Boris Karloff movie by over a century, but it's still a little odd. I guess the monster does consider himself to be Frankenstein's son, in a sense, so you could argue that he would inherit his surname, but Shelley never uses that idea in the book. The title character of the book is meant to be the scientist, full stop.