Weird History Famous People from History You Had No Idea Were Hot  

Mike Rothschild
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Who knew there were so many hot historical figures from the last few hundred years? Attractive historical figures can be found in every profession and every culture. But with the advent of photography, people got to see just how sexy a brooding novelist or scientist or inventor could be. Many of the men and women who are best remembered as old actually used to be incredibly hot - and we have photographic proof.

Everyone knows Joseph Stalin as the mustachoied dictator with a pock-marked face and yellow teeth. But in his younger days, bank robbing revolutionary Stalin cut a handsome figure. Inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were dashing young men before they fought the War of the Currents against each other. Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte probably could have made a few "hottest women in history" lists. And Lewis Powell, a young man who happened to be a member of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, might have been the most handsome man of the 19th Century.

Here are 20 famous people throughout history that you probably had no idea were also gorgeous.

Hermann Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People from History You Had No Idea Were Hot
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Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. This test was reportedly designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that "project" onto the stimuli. In the test, individuals are shown 10 inkblots—one at a time—and asked to report what objects or figures they see in each of them. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 38 (1884-1922)

Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Zurich District, Zürich, Canton of Zurich

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Young Hunter S. Thompson


Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People from History You Had No Idea Were Hot
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Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middle-class family, Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting a robbery. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism. He traveled frequently, including stints in California, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, before settling in Aspen, Colorado, in the early 1960s. Thompson became internationally known with the publication of Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. For his research on the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 68 (1937-2005)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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#36 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#84 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#3 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

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Young Joseph Stalin


Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People from History You Had No Idea Were Hot
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Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed general secretary of the party's Central Committee in 1922. He subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin's criticisms and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward. Under Stalin's rule, the concept of "Socialism in One ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (1878-1953)

Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

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#68 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#42 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#1 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

#84 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

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Lewis Powell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People from History You Had No Idea Were Hot
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Lewis Thornton Powell was one of the conspirators in league with John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. He failed in his attempt to assassinate Secretary of State William H. Seward on the same night. Powell was a Confederate soldier of distinction, who had been wounded at Gettysburg, and then served in Mosby’s Rangers, before working with the Confederate Secret Service in Maryland. Here he met Booth, who recruited him into an unsuccessful plot to kidnap Lincoln. But on April 14th 1865, Booth resolved to assassinate Lincoln, Seward and Vice-President Johnson. Powell was given the task of killing Seward, with the help of David Herold, who would guide him to Seward’s home and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 21 (1844-1865)

Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America

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