Cleo Egnal

Cleo Egnal

22 yrs

Cleo Egnal holds a B.A in Written Arts from Bard College and is weirdly knowledgeable about anything vaguely British and historical.  She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is just trying to figure out post-grad life.  She also really likes dogs.

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  1. Watch: Man Who Saved Children From Holocaust Gets Surprised By All of Them On Live TV

    Watch: Man Who Saved Children From Holocaust Gets Surprised By All of Them On Live TV

    As a short Nicholas Winton documentary shows, amidst the misery and horror of the Holocaust, thousands of lives were saved from the Nazi camps by ...
  2. How One Black Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

    How One Black Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

    Daryl Davis is somewhat of a controversial figure in the activist community: a black man who convinces members of the KKK to quit, just by talking to ...
  3. Heartwarming Photo Shows Vietnam Vet Reuniting With His Family - But There's No Happy Ending Here

    Heartwarming Photo Shows Vietnam Vet Reuniting With His Family - But There's No Happy Ending Here

    On March 13, 1973, photographer Slava 'Sal' Veder captured the moment that Vietnam war veteran and prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert Stirm was reunited with his ...
  4. This Historical Instrument That Made Music By Torturing Kittens Thankfully Never Took Off

    This Historical Instrument That Made Music By Torturing Kittens Thankfully Never Took Off

    "Cat piano" sounds like the headline of an adorable video of cats running amuck on piano keys. Unfortunately, the reality is much more grim, and ...
  5. 1968: Irish Guy Buries Himself Alive On A Whim And Somehow Survives For 61 Days

    1968: Irish Guy Buries Himself Alive On A Whim And Somehow Survives For 61 Days

    Everyone wants to be famous, right? Well, maybe not, and most people would definitely not bury themselves alive for over two months to achieve stardom... but ...
  6. This 18th-Century Sexologist Designed A Bed For "Optimal F*cking"

    This 18th-Century Sexologist Designed A Bed For "Optimal F*cking"

    He was known as "the doctor of love." James Graham made a name for himself (quite literally) by working wonders for the sex lives of numerous people ...
  7. A Previously Eradicated Stomach Parasite Just Came Roaring Back To America

    A Previously Eradicated Stomach Parasite Just Came Roaring Back To America

    It begins with an itch in your foot; it ends with anemia, cognitive dysfunction, and stunted growth in children. Hookworm is a disease mostly associated with ...
  8. Turns Out Jaywalking Is A Fake Crime Designed By The Car Industry To Make More People Drive

    Turns Out Jaywalking Is A Fake Crime Designed By The Car Industry To Make More People Drive

    The history of jaywalking as a crime is a bit more complicated and a lot more nefarious than you might think. At the turn of the 20th century, pedestrians ruled ...
  9. This WWII Prisoner Of War Was Crucified For 63 Straight Hours - And Survived

    This WWII Prisoner Of War Was Crucified For 63 Straight Hours - And Survived

    On September 3, 1938, Australian Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the country's involvement in the Second World War, and from 1942 until the end ...
  10. The CIA-Funded Genocide Behind The Most Eye-Opening Documentary Ever Made

    The CIA-Funded Genocide Behind The Most Eye-Opening Documentary Ever Made

    On October 1, 1965, six Indonesian generals were killed by a group of junior officers in an attempt to forestall a supposedly CIA-backed coup that was meant to ...
  11. How The Don Draper of Colombia Convinced Violent Communist Rebels To Stop Fighting

    How The Don Draper of Colombia Convinced Violent Communist Rebels To Stop Fighting

    Jose Miguel Sokoloff, an advertising executive, used the powerful force of advertising to literally stop war.  The Colombian government had been in an ...
  12. How The Lead Singer Of The Beach Boys Became A Slave To His Psychotic Therapist

    How The Lead Singer Of The Beach Boys Became A Slave To His Psychotic Therapist

    For nearly 20 years, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was under the supposed care of a supposed doctor named Eugene Landy. In reality, Landy manipulated ...
  13. 15 Harrowing Photos of Soldiers In Complete Shell Shock

    15 Harrowing Photos of Soldiers In Complete Shell Shock

    World War I was something unlike anything the world had ever seen – and in the aftermath of that war, soldiers suffered from an intense form of PTSD ...
  14. The Only Prisoners To Ever Escape Alcatraz Made Shockingly Lifelike Decoys To Fool The Guards

    The Only Prisoners To Ever Escape Alcatraz Made Shockingly Lifelike Decoys To Fool The Guards

    Alcatraz Island is home to one of the most famous prisons in history. Alcatraz prison was a maximum-security – supposedly inescapable – fortress that ...
  15. This Surgeon Proved Anti-Vaxxers Were Wrong Over 200 Years Ago... You Dumbass

    This Surgeon Proved Anti-Vaxxers Were Wrong Over 200 Years Ago... You Dumbass

    Vaccination is a hot-button issue – and that's not a new thing. By the 18th century, smallpox was a disease that had been ravaging Europe for ...
  16. The Untold Side of China During World War II Is More Horrifying Than You Can Even Imagine

    The Untold Side of China During World War II Is More Horrifying Than You Can Even Imagine

    Nothing is known of the baby in the untitled photograph, often called "Bloody Saturday", that depicts a child crying in the ruins of a bombed Shanghai ...
  17. The Horrifying Story Of The Man Who Rotted Internally From Radiation Poisoning

    The Horrifying Story Of The Man Who Rotted Internally From Radiation Poisoning

    Eben Byers was an amateur golfer, an alumnus of Yale, and a notorious ladies man, but he is most famous for literally rotting from the inside out after ...
  18. These Polish Doctors "Infected" Jews With A Fake Virus To Save Them From Nazi Death Camps

    These Polish Doctors "Infected" Jews With A Fake Virus To Save Them From Nazi Death Camps

    On September 1, 1939, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland, and Poland under Nazi rule was full of unimaginable suffering. Two men, ...
  19. The Most Embarrassing Failure In NASA History Killed Everyone On Board

    The Most Embarrassing Failure In NASA History Killed Everyone On Board

    On January 27, 1967, a routine launch pad test for the first piloted Apollo mission went horribly wrong. Apollo 1 was supposed to be the first in the series of ...
  20. These Photos Taken By The First-Ever War Photographer Are The Earliest Pictures of Corpses On The Battlefield

    These Photos Taken By The First-Ever War Photographer Are The Earliest Pictures of Corpses On The Battlefield

    Felice Beato was an Italian-British photographer who began his career taking the first-ever photographs of battle during the Crimean War. Beato is renowned not ...
  21. The Morbid History of Keeping Skulls as Modern Warfare Trophies

    The Morbid History of Keeping Skulls as Modern Warfare Trophies

    The act of collecting human skulls as war trophies has been around as long as wars have been being fought, which basically equates to forever on a human timescale.
  22. This Image of A Slave Father Looking At His Daughter's Severed Hand And Foot Has Haunted Generations

    This Image of A Slave Father Looking At His Daughter's Severed Hand And Foot Has Haunted Generations

    The history of the Congo Free State is one of devastating genocide, ruthless colonialism, and massive greed, all on the part of one man. Leopold II served as ...
  23. Watch The Shocking Video of American POW In Vietnam Blinking A Desperate Warning Message In Morse Code On TV

    Watch The Shocking Video of American POW In Vietnam Blinking A Desperate Warning Message In Morse Code On TV

    Jeremiah Denton was a commander in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War when he was shot down and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. Denton endured ...
  24. Europe Used To Be So Filthy That Rat Hunters Were A Legitimate Job

    Europe Used To Be So Filthy That Rat Hunters Were A Legitimate Job

    What do Queen Victoria, the Pied Piper, and a children’s book have in common? Rats, of course – more specifically, the art of catching them. The history ...
  25. Uh Oh... The Theory That Humans Originated In Africa Is Rapidly Falling Apart

    Uh Oh... The Theory That Humans Originated In Africa Is Rapidly Falling Apart

    It is commonly accepted that humanity's ancestors evolved in – and migrated out of – east Africa from a region that has been dubbed the "cradle ...

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