Everyone has heard the story, seen the painting. Van Gogh was all butthurt over some chick, so he got loaded, choppped his ear off and mailed it to her. Yeah, that never happened. He did lose part of his ear however, that part is true. It was because he got in an argument with his roommate, and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, who took out a sword and chopped it off. Gauguin was a highly skilled fencer, so after he did his damage, the two made up the story to keep Gauguin out of jail.