But it turns out a priest outside Chicago might actually have a case. The BBC reports scientists at the University of Oxford conducted the first-ever radiocarbon dating of a bone supposedly belonging to St. Nicholas and discovered that, if nothing else, it's the right age.
The real St. Nick—who Smithsonian explains was a wealthy bishop known for leaving coins in the shoes of the poor—is believed to have died in 343 AD in what is now Turkey. The bone tested by Oxford scientists—a partial pelvis in the possession of the relic-collecting Rev. Dennis O'Neill—dated to the 4th century.