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Supernatural & Paranormal
627.3k views22 Insane Facts About Aleister Crowley, Perhaps The Most Unique Person EverAleister Crowley was one of the most bizarre, fascinating, and mysterious figures of the 20th century. Known in his own time as "t...
People Trivia
125.8k views17 Things You Didn't Know About Harriet TubmanThe biography of Harriet Tubman reads less like a stodgy figure from the past and more like a modern action hero. Far from just be...
Ancient History
68.1k viewsHypatia: The Story Of The Greek Philosopher Skinned Alive With SeashellsKnowledge can be a wonderful thing. But in the case of the ancient philosopher and mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, it also le...
Explainer
519.3k viewsHeartbreaking Facts About Joseph Merrick, The Elephant ManJoseph Merrick was born on August 5, 1862 in Leicester, England. When he was about five years old, he began developing signs of an...
Weird
400.2k viewsKaspar Hauser Spent His Childhood Locked In An Empty Room, And The Tale Got Weirder Once He EscapedFor years, there have been reports of wild children raised in extraordinary circumstances, including a boy named Kaspar Hauser of ...
Explainer
3.4m views21 Weird Facts About King TutMore than almost any other ancient ruler, facts about King Tut, the boy who led an empire and was buried in a tomb stuffed with go...
Whoa Facts
224.6k viewsThe Pansexual Adventures of Lord Byron, The Harry Styles of The 19th CenturyNobody from the 19th century partied harder than one of the best poets of the romantic era, Lord George Gordon Byron. But, exactly...
World History
377.7k views13 Facts That Prove Marie Antoinette Remains An Extremely Controversial FigureMarie Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France, is remembered for two things: losing her head and uttering the callous phrase, “L...
Whoa Facts
239.6k views14 Incredible Facts About American Showman P.T. BarnumWho was P.T. Barnum? Phineas Taylor Barnum was the brilliant and bizarre mind behind a number of famous hoaxes and the Barnum & Ba...
Feminism
870.4k views12 Unusual Facts You Never Knew About Queen VictoriaJust as the Victorian era is incorrectly portrayed as a period of demureness, misconceptions about the British monarchy – specific...
Death
340k viewsThe Heroic Life And Tragic Death Of Alan TuringAlan Turing was one of the world’s greatest geniuses. He basically invented the modern computer and was instrumental in helping en...
USA
171.5k views12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander HamiltonBefore 2015, it was common to hear that Alexander Hamilton was, by far, the most undervalued of all the American Founding Fathers....
History
1k voters13 Things We Learned About Alexander The Great That Made Us Say 'Whoa'Alexander the Great's impact upon history can scarcely be overstated. The King of Macedon spent the majority of his short life cam...
Lifestyle
81k viewsIncredible Facts About The Daring Life Of Amelia EarhartWho was Amelia Earhart? She was a pioneer in flight, an author, a fashion designer, and so much more. Earhart was born in Kansas i...
People Trivia
43.4k views14 Weird Facts About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Guy Who Created Sherlock HolmesYou probably know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the famous author who created the beloved character Sherlock Holmes. But really, who w...
Whoa Facts
446.2k views14 Weird Facts About The Remarkably Strange Life of Chess Champion Bobby FischerBobby Fischer epitomized the notion that there is a very thin line between genius and insanity. Because Fischer refused interviews...
History
151.1k viewsThe Real-Life Bonnie Prince Charlie Was Far More Vile And Disgusting Than 'Outlander' Portrays HimOutlander is a ridiculously entertaining fantasy-adventure that masquerades as a period drama. But is the show Outlander historica...
Pirates
220.1k viewsCaptain Morgan Was Real – And Way Cooler Than The Generic Booze Named After HimWhen you hear the name "Captain Morgan," images of bros posing with a handle of spiced rum with one foot danging precariously in t...
Death
25.5k viewsOrphaned At 10, Caravaggio Became One of Italy's Most Famous Artists - But His Art Got Him KilledYou've seen Caravaggio's stunning paintings, but do you know the story behind the images? Caravaggio was a violent and tragic figu...
Interesting
28.1k viewsHow Did A French Military Commander Become King of Sweden And King of Norway?Charles XIV John of Sweden's reign was not much different than that of other kings. He sat on the throne during a time of relative...