Folk tales and similar stories have existed for millenia in all corners of the globe.
They are an ideal way to generate story ideas, or just for a quick, fun read, since most are quite short. Below are two lengthy lists of tales and stories. Enjoy!
List of folk tales, myths, and legends from retired Univ. of Pittsburgh professor D. L. Ashliman: D.L. Ashliman
List from Story Lovers World