Melissa Sartore

Melissa Sartore

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I'm a history nerd with a PhD in Medieval History.  I'm also a animal-loving, yarn-playing, movie-and-TV-watching girl trapped in a history teacher's body.  When I'm lucky, I get to wrap all of those things into one.  Or at least some of them.  I also eat mustard on pretty much everything.     

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  1. +vote These Slang Terms From The Civil War-Era South Are Actually Pretty Funny

    These Slang Terms From The Civil War-Era South Are Actually Pretty Funny

    447 votes
    The regional dialect of the South is nothing if not unique, and much of it dates back to before the mid-19th century. Antebellum and Civil War ...
  2. The Real-Life Photos That Inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose Are Way Scarier Than The Actual Movie

    The Real-Life Photos That Inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose Are Way Scarier Than The Actual Movie

    In 1975, Anneliese Michel was exhibiting some undeniably bizarre and frightening behavior, and her mother was at her wits' end. So, Mrs.
  3. The Disturbing Consequences Of When We Used To Put Radium Into Common Products

    The Disturbing Consequences Of When We Used To Put Radium Into Common Products

    During the first part of the 20th century, radium was used in products ranging from paint to makeup and spa treatments to chocolate to toys. Radium was sold ...
  4. These English Factory Laborers Were Forced To Work With Toxic Chemicals Until Their Faces Became Deformed

    These English Factory Laborers Were Forced To Work With Toxic Chemicals Until Their Faces Became Deformed

    During the late 19th century, the East End of London was home to several factories that produced matches. Men, women, and children worked long hours for very ...
  5. That Time The Nazis Took Over A Brothel & Used Prostitutes As Spies

    That Time The Nazis Took Over A Brothel & Used Prostitutes As Spies

    By now everyone knows about Nazi werewolves, but what about Nazi prostitutes? Salon Kitty was a luxurious brothel located at 11 Giesebrechtstrasse ...
  6. What Sex Was Like For Nomads Traveling The Silk Road

    What Sex Was Like For Nomads Traveling The Silk Road

    The Silk Road was a network of markets and trading posts throughout Asia and the Indian Ocean Basin that extended from the eastern Mediterranean to the ...
  7. Unsettling Photos of Innocent Children Born Into KKK Families

    Unsettling Photos of Innocent Children Born Into KKK Families

    Though most people recognize the blight of the KKK upon culture, photos of KKK kids explicitly depicts the organization's relentless push towards indoctrinating ...
  8. Brutal Pictures From The Battle Of Verdun

    Brutal Pictures From The Battle Of Verdun

    The Battle of Verdun was the longest fight of all the battles of World War One, lasting from February through December in 1916. It was also the largest battle of ...
  9. What Sex Was Like During The Great Depression

    What Sex Was Like During The Great Depression

    Coming on the heels of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression brought on an entirely new – and markedly worse – decade, heralding an end to the excesses ...
  10. +vote 15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed

    15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed

    264 votes
    Odd and outdated laws are nothing new in the United States and around the world. But when it comes to legal restrictions on food, even the most jaded of lawyers ...
  11. How One Of The Most Powerful Families In History Destroyed Itself Through Inbreeding

    How One Of The Most Powerful Families In History Destroyed Itself Through Inbreeding

    The chaos of the Habsburg family tree brought down the dynasty and is one of the most famous cases of royal inbreeding throughout history.
  12. What Everyday Life Was Like For Aztecs

    What Everyday Life Was Like For Aztecs

    The Aztec civilization was built upon a complex combination of Olmec and Mayan traditions, but during the 14th, 15th, and early-16th centuries, the ...
  13. Women In The 16th Century Could Sue Their Husbands For Erectile Dysfunction

    Women In The 16th Century Could Sue Their Husbands For Erectile Dysfunction

    Sex, marriage, and impotence are the sorts of private matters not usually heard in public discourse. But in the 14th century, erectile dysfunction was ...
  14. +vote Dank Chaucer Slang You'll Be Using To Disparage Franciscans In No Time

    Dank Chaucer Slang You'll Be Using To Disparage Franciscans In No Time

    128 votes
    Geoffrey Chaucer had a way with words. The 14th-century jack-of-all-intellectual-trades was an author, poet, philosopher, and bureaucrat, and he documented the ...
  15. Details About The Blood Eagle, One Of History's Most Nightmarish Torture Methods

    Details About The Blood Eagle, One Of History's Most Nightmarish Torture Methods

    The Blood Eagle is one of the most graphic, cruel, and slow torture methods ever described, and it's associated with the Vikings. According to 12th- ...
  16. All Of Henry VIII's Closest Associates And How He Had Them Killed

    All Of Henry VIII's Closest Associates And How He Had Them Killed

    When you think of Henry VIII executions, his wives immediately come to mind. Out of his six spouses, he had two beheaded. But the tragic fates of those ...
  17. How To Learn Different Political Systems Through Memes

    How To Learn Different Political Systems Through Memes

    While the workings of political systems often lies outside of people's interests or understanding, the same cannot be said of memes. So, to help you better ...
  18. How The Dark Ages Were Actually Rich In Culture And Crucial To Modern Society

    How The Dark Ages Were Actually Rich In Culture And Crucial To Modern Society

    Every amateur historian knows the term "Dark Ages." It conjures up images of political upheaval, filthy living conditions, and widespread ignorance. But ...
  19. How Exactly Did Anne Sullivan Teach Helen Keller To Communicate?

    How Exactly Did Anne Sullivan Teach Helen Keller To Communicate?

    The relationship between Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller went beyond pupil and teacher. It was based in Sullivan's ability to open up the world for Keller. Deaf, ...
  20. 10 Presidential Siblings Who Were Absolute Idiots

    10 Presidential Siblings Who Were Absolute Idiots

    A lot of families have them - the black sheep, the underdog, the bad apple - whatever you want to call them, sometimes brothers and sisters cause problems for ...
  21. 30 Really Weird Pieces of Medieval Sex Art

    30 Really Weird Pieces of Medieval Sex Art

    A lack of access to photography and video technology never stood in the way of citizens in the Middle Ages and their quest to create medieval erotic art that ...
  22. The Surprisingly Sad, Strange Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    The Surprisingly Sad, Strange Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    Sir Isaac Newton is considered to be one of greatest thinkers that ever lived. The father of modern physics studied alchemy, optics, gravity, and numerous ...
  23. 13 Horrifying Things Most People Don't Know About Plague Doctors

    13 Horrifying Things Most People Don't Know About Plague Doctors

    Treating the bubonic plague became a medical specialty during the first widespread outbreak of the disease in the 14th century. The Black Plague, as it is ...
  24. People Used To Lash Themselves To Beg God To Spare Them From The Black Plague

    People Used To Lash Themselves To Beg God To Spare Them From The Black Plague

    Flagellants were men and women who practiced physical forms of self-punishment in order to purge themselves and the world of sin. People have been ...
  25. Every U.S. President & Every Medical Problem They've Ever Had

    Every U.S. President & Every Medical Problem They've Ever Had

    The health of US Presidents is a well-kept secret, especially while they’re in office. The public is on a need-to-know basis, and, generally speaking, the ...

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