Weird History We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?  

Jacob Bryant
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List Rules Vote up the dead historical figures you'd want to be for 24 hours.

Asking people which dead historical figure they'd like to have dinner with has become a go-to icebreaker over the years, but what if you could actually be one of those people for 24 hours? Instead of asking them questions about their lives, you'd be able to experience it firsthand, literally walking a mile in their shoes. But who would you choose? A legendary musician? A prominent world leader? A criminal?

We asked our audience which dead historical figure they would want to be for 24 hours if given the chance. Be sure to vote up the people who you'd like to live as for 24 hours, and vote down the ones you'd pass on.

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more
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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more
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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as ...more
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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more
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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more
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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more
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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)
Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more
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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 39 (68 BC-29 BC)
Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history simply as "Cleopatra", was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. Cleopatra was a ...more
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more
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Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Genghis Khan, born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his demise. He came to power by uniting many of ...more
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Drusus Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 35 (12 BC-23)
Nero Claudius Drusus, later Drusus Julius Caesar, was the only child of Roman Emperor Tiberius and his first wife, Vipsania Agrippina. He was also a maternal cousin of the Emperor Caligula, a ...more
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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for ...more
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Hugh Hefner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
age 92
Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native was a former journalist for ...more
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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)
Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of ...more
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more
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Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 35 (1501-1536)
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Henry's marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution, made ...more
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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 32 (1963-1995)
Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta ...more
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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting, which came to prominence during the counterculture era. Though ...more
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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?
age 100
William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core ...more