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No Problem Too Large or Too Small, Reasonable Fees
Proprietor Hercules (Roman name), also known as Heracles (Greek name), also known as Herc (Nickname)

As the story goes .....

The famous myths about The 12 Labors of Hercules is a bunch of little stories that together tell the tale of how Hercules used clever tricks and great courage to rid the world of some really nasty critters, lived to tell about it. Here are the famous 12 Labors, if you would like to read them.

But that was not the end of the story.... In fact, it was only the beginning.

Hercules had a lot of fun solving the 12 Labors, but he wasn't paid for his work. Hercules thought and thought and came up with one of his very best ideas. He would open a detective agency - the Hercules Detective Agency - to help the Greek people solve their problems, especially problems the gods had thrust upon them. He would charge a small fee of food or blankets or something else that he needed. That would solve everything! Hercules was very pleased with himself for thinking of such a brilliant solution.

The first thing he did was to create a rather large sign. He hung it on the outside wall of his hut. The sign said: The Hercules Detective Agency, Founded to Help the Greek People, No Problem Too Large or Too Small, Reasonable Fees, Proprietor Hercules (Roman name), also known as Heracles (Greek name), also known as Herc (Nickname)

After admiring his sign for a considerable amount of time, Hercules began to realize that although his sign was very nice, it did not seem to be working. Hercules knew he was famous. Just about everyone in ancient Greece, both gods and mortals, knew he had solved the 12 Labors. But that was in the past. How to get the word out that he was open for business in the present? Once again, Hercules thought and thought, but this time no brilliant solution occurred to him. He was just about ready to give up for the night and go to sleep, hoping he might dream a solution, when there was a knock on the door of his hut.

"Herc! Open up! I need your help!" shouted a harmless looking individual with tousled hair and very worried eyes.

That's how the Hercules Detective Agency found its first client, case file: (1) The Misunderstood Minotaur.

Thanks to his success solving the 12 Labors, Hercules was known across the land as someone who could solve impossible problems. It was not long before many people began bringing their impossible problems to his door. The Hercules Detective Agency soon became nearly as famous as Hercules himself.