Setareh Janda

Setareh Janda

Chicago, Illinois - United States

Full-time nerd, part-time writer. As a Ph.D. candidate in history, she has heard her share of crazy/morbid/titillating/unbelievable stories, and her research has taken her to three continents. She has worked for big corporations, small non-profits, and cozy colleges in four states. When not writing about scandals, badass historical figures, and forgotten history, she obsesses over movie trivia, books, travel, British television, royals, and musicals. Also a professional fangirl at Pop-Culturalist

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  1. +vote The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died

    The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died

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    The royal houses of Europe have had a bloody history. From battles to coups and assassinations, kings and queens have suffered deaths ranging from the serene to ...
  2. They Went On A Hunger Strike For Women's Rights - So The Government Imprisoned And Brutally Force-Fed Them To Silence Their Voices

    They Went On A Hunger Strike For Women's Rights - So The Government Imprisoned And Brutally Force-Fed Them To Silence Their Voices

    In the early 20th century, British women were demanding the right to vote in new ways. The gloves had come off, and they were willing to do whatever it took ...
  3. Heartbreaking Facts About Jack the Ripper's Victims

    Heartbreaking Facts About Jack the Ripper's Victims

    Jack the Ripper has gone down in history as one of the most notorious, chilling, and mysterious serial killers of all time. Between August and November 1888, ...
  4. +vote The 15 Most Annoyingly Catchy Songs in Disney Movies

    The 15 Most Annoyingly Catchy Songs in Disney Movies

    1,513 votes
    Admit it: the best part of a Disney movie is the music. Some of the greatest modern songwriters - Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Elton John, and the Sherman ...
  5. 14 Raunchy Stories About Giacomo Casanova, History's Most Notorious Playboy

    14 Raunchy Stories About Giacomo Casanova, History's Most Notorious Playboy

    Giacomo Casanova is remembered today for his many illicit affairs. After all, the word "Casanova" still denotes a cad who knows his way around women. But ...
  6. Heartbreaking Facts About Mary Todd Lincoln, America's Most Tragic First Lady

    Heartbreaking Facts About Mary Todd Lincoln, America's Most Tragic First Lady

    25 votes
    Mary Todd Lincoln does not command the same amount of love and affection that her famous husband, Abraham, does. In fact, she is perhaps one of the most ...
  7. 11 Ways The Corrupt & Elite Ruling Class Led To The French Revolution

    11 Ways The Corrupt & Elite Ruling Class Led To The French Revolution

    Though Marie Antoinette may not have actually said, “Let them eat cake,” the French monarchy and aristocracy displayed an almost laughable disconnection from ...
  8. Gladiator Might Be One of The Most Historically Inaccurate Movies Ever

    Gladiator Might Be One of The Most Historically Inaccurate Movies Ever

    The writers and directors of Gladiator would seriously flunk a history class. Though the film is ridiculously fun and has held up pretty ...
  9. The Enduring Mystery of Rasputin, Imperial Russia's Secret Shadow Master

    The Enduring Mystery of Rasputin, Imperial Russia's Secret Shadow Master

    Grigori Rasputin is one of the most notorious names in Russian history - and his piercing eyes, creepy gaze, greasy hair, and bushy beard only add to the mystique ...
  10. 15 Extremely Dark Things You'd Never Suspect Charles Dickens Actually Did

    15 Extremely Dark Things You'd Never Suspect Charles Dickens Actually Did

    Basically the star quarterback of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens worked diligently for every ounce of success he got. He rose from the ashes of his ...
  11. The Insane Story of Alexadre Dumas, The Legendary Author Who Had 40 Mistresses

    The Insane Story of Alexadre Dumas, The Legendary Author Who Had 40 Mistresses

    Featuring shocking duels, unexpected births, and wild romance, Alexandre Dumas’s life is as thrilling and fascinating as the stories he wrote. Though he wrote a ...
  12. 1871-1914: Remembering France's "Golden Age" of Prostitution

    1871-1914: Remembering France's "Golden Age" of Prostitution

    Paris's Belle Epoque was a time of elegant architecture, wide boulevards, and inviting cafes. It was also an era rich in French hedonism.
  13. 16 Scandalous Women in History Who Seduced Their Way to Power

    16 Scandalous Women in History Who Seduced Their Way to Power

    History often remembers women who seduced their way to power as bad girls. These intriguing women disregarded the rules of respectable behavior, benefited ...
  14. Chilling Facts About Burke and Hare, History's Most Notorious Bodysnatchers

    Chilling Facts About Burke and Hare, History's Most Notorious Bodysnatchers

    William Burke and William Hare were two of the most notorious murderers and grave robbers in history. In an era when stealing corpses from graves was big ...
  15. The 15 Bloodiest, Most Violent Family Feuds In History

    The 15 Bloodiest, Most Violent Family Feuds In History

    22 votes
    Forget the Montagues and Capulets; history is littered with real-life family disputes that led to violence. These bloodline battles were waged both ...
  16. The 10 Cruelest, Most Unfair Weddings In The History of Western Culture

    The 10 Cruelest, Most Unfair Weddings In The History of Western Culture

    Secret weddings in history are proof that not all proposals end with happily ever after. Throughout history, couples have had to marry either in secret or in a ...
  17. 14 Tragic Facts About Mary, Queen of Scots, The Most Unlucky Queen In History

    14 Tragic Facts About Mary, Queen of Scots, The Most Unlucky Queen In History

    Mary, Queen of Scots (AKA Mary Stuart) is one of history’s most disastrous queens. From the time she became an infant monarch to her tragic demise, Mary ...
  18. Buckwild Facts About Mata Hari, The Exotic Dancer Who Became A WWI Spy

    Buckwild Facts About Mata Hari, The Exotic Dancer Who Became A WWI Spy

    Who was Mata Hari? Exotic dancer, courtesan, seductress, spy, and femme fatale: Mata Hari was many things to many different people. But she is perhaps best ...
  19. Meet Lee Atwater, The GOP Operative Who Basically Created Modern Dirty Politics

    Meet Lee Atwater, The GOP Operative Who Basically Created Modern Dirty Politics

    Born Harvey LeRoy Atwater, "Lee" Atwater was one of the most controversial – and influential – figures in American political history.
  20. 22 Insane Facts About Aleister Crowley, Perhaps The Most Unique Person Ever

    22 Insane Facts About Aleister Crowley, Perhaps The Most Unique Person Ever

    Aleister Crowley was one of the most bizarre, fascinating, and mysterious figures of the 20th century. Known in his own time as "the wickedest man in the ...
  21. 12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander Hamilton

    12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander Hamilton

    95 votes
    Before 2015, it was common to hear that Alexander Hamilton was, by far, the most undervalued of all the American Founding Fathers. But with the explosive ...
  22. 13 Facts About Grace O'Malley, The Most Badass Lady Pirate You've Never Heard Of

    13 Facts About Grace O'Malley, The Most Badass Lady Pirate You've Never Heard Of

    Contrary to popular belief, not all pirates hobbled on peg-legs with talking parrots perched on their shoulders, patches covering their eyes, and broad West ...
  23. 12 Fun Facts About Voltaire, The Jon Stewart of 18th Century France

    12 Fun Facts About Voltaire, The Jon Stewart of 18th Century France

    Voltaire was an intellectual superstar. True, this 18th-century French writer, philosopher, and rabble-rouser does not seem like an obvious candidate for ...
  24. 16 Grisly Facts About Vlad The Impaler And His Brutal War Tactics

    16 Grisly Facts About Vlad The Impaler And His Brutal War Tactics

    Vlad the Impaler: even his name sounds downright sinister. As one of the most reviled figures in history, he is remembered as a bloodthirsty tyrant. His love of ...
  25. 13 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Lincoln's Assassination

    13 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Lincoln's Assassination

    On April 14, 1865, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln sent off shock waves throughout a United States that was crawling out of four years of civil war. Murdered ...

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