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Aleister Crowley
733.4k 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...
Harriet Tubman
126.4k 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...
Whoa Facts
69.3k 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
521.9k 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...
Explainer
401k 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 ...
Tutankhamun
3.6m 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
225.9k 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...
Marie Antoinette
385.3k 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...
P. T. Barnum
241.5k 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...
Queen Victoria
874.3k 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...
Alan Turing
342.5k 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...
Alexander Hamilton
174.6k 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....
Alexander the Great
1.1k 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...
Amelia Earhart
81.2k 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...
Arthur Conan Doyle
44.2k 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...
Bobby Fischer
460.4k 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...
Charles Edward Stuart
151.8k 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...
Captain Morgan
221.3k 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...
Caravaggio
28.4k 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
29.7k 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...