Was William Tell real?

Though he doesn't look a day over 500, Swiss hero William Tell has just passed the 700th anniversary of standing up to the cruel vogt by not bowing to a hat on a pole. The rest is history.

While historians can't agree on the historical authenticity of William Tell, there is little doubt about his importance to the Swiss people, who still staunchly cherish their independence by refusing to join the EU or the UN.