Cheryl Adams Richkoff

Cheryl Adams Richkoff

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 Lifelong life of the mind. Adventuress. I was once shipwrecked, spent two years as a newspaper editor, was a student stunt pilot in Australia, lived “down under” in Australia and New Zealand for more than two years, and explored Russia and its history and culture for two decades. I am perpetually and happily buried in books and research.

I was a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Jamestowne Fellowship, hold two master’s degrees (English lit and MLIS) and candidacy in a third (History). I am a fourteenth-generation Virginian and love all things 17th century Virginia. Actually, I love all history, all mysteries, all curiosities.

I am busily writing about all the above. Adventurous, racy, and thought-provoking, if you go for those sorts of things.

Eclectic. Curious. Still in possession of a lengthy bucket list.

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  1. 10 Facts About Exotic Animals In Captivity You Might Just Wish You Didn't Know

    10 Facts About Exotic Animals In Captivity You Might Just Wish You Didn't Know

    Many people have happy memories of visiting zoos, going on animal safaris, visiting aquariums or wildlife centers, and enjoying circuses.
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    Did Stalin Really Force Soviet Scientists To Create A Human-Chimpanzee Hybrid?

    Technological and scientific advances rose rapidly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prompting a worldwide interest in all the new – and ...
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    The Unsolved Case of the Mysterious 'Tri-Racial' Dark Skinned Europeans

    You might not know the history of the Melungeons, but their strange, fascinating tale is well worth learning. Who were the Melungeons? These both dark and ...
  4. Who Are The Reptilians, And What Do They Want With The Human Race?

    Who Are The Reptilians, And What Do They Want With The Human Race?

    Who are the lizard people? Are they real? And are lizard people in charge of the world? Reptilian conspiracy theories are more popular than you might think, ...
  5. The Characters In Winnie The Pooh All Represent Mental Illnesses

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    Inside The Secret Italian Island Where Black Plague Sufferers Were Taken To Die

    Known as one of the most illegal places one could (but really shouldn't) visit, Poveglia Island sits just off the coast of northern Italy near ...
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    When you plan your next dream trip, make sure you take warning from the many tales of people who vanished on vacation. Instead of removing themselves from work and ...
  8. The Strange Case Of Lindy Chamberlain, Who Did Three Years' Hard Time After A Dingo Ate Her Baby

    The Strange Case Of Lindy Chamberlain, Who Did Three Years' Hard Time After A Dingo Ate Her Baby

    You've likely heard the phrase, "A dingo ate my baby!" Since the film A Cry In The Dark was released in 1988, it's been referenced in dozens of sitcoms ...
  9. Deeply Upsetting Facts About The WDBJ News Crew Murders

    Deeply Upsetting Facts About The WDBJ News Crew Murders

    It was another one of those historically surreal "how can this be happening here" kind of moments. The bucolic landscape surrounding ...
  10. Everything You Need To Know About Getting Makeup Permanently Tattooed On Your Face

    Everything You Need To Know About Getting Makeup Permanently Tattooed On Your Face

    Beauty standards are fickle things. Once upon a time, women sought perfectly unblemished skin; it was a sign of prosperity. Today, though, the world of beauty ...
  11. Here's Everything You've Been Too Afraid To Ask About Mail Order Brides

    Here's Everything You've Been Too Afraid To Ask About Mail Order Brides

    The phrase "mail-order bride" conjures images of black-and-white photographs of stern couples marrying for convenience. The practice has its ...
  12. +vote The Most Unbelievable Attractions At The Creation Museum

    The Most Unbelievable Attractions At The Creation Museum

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    Located in rural Kentucky is a most interesting and controversial museum called the Creation Museum. It was founded by Young Earth supporter and Evangelical ...
  13. +vote Shhhhhhhh! Super Scary Haunted Libraries From Around The World

    Shhhhhhhh! Super Scary Haunted Libraries From Around The World

    217 votes
    All libraries are mysterious places. Nooks and crannies filled with ancient and obscure books abound. Hidden alcoves provide cozy places to disappear into a ...
  14. Facts About The Kentucky Cannibal That'll Keep You Up At Night

    Facts About The Kentucky Cannibal That'll Keep You Up At Night

    The name "Kentucky Cannibal" sounds like it might refer to a deranged cousin of Jeffrey Dahmer, or perhaps be a perverse association to fried ...
  15. Facts About The Blue Fugates, A Family With Blue Skin Thanks To Inbreeding

    Facts About The Blue Fugates, A Family With Blue Skin Thanks To Inbreeding

    People come in all colors - to an extent. You wouldn't expect to see a human with naturally blue skin. But that's the case for the Blue Fugates. Who are the Blue ...
  16. A Rundown Of Every Major Place In The Game Of Thrones Universe

    A Rundown Of Every Major Place In The Game Of Thrones Universe

    Fans of the HBO series Game Of Thrones enjoy the epic sweep the story offers, and love coming up with crazy theories about their favorite characters. But there are ...
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    17 People Describe What It's Like Being Related To A Porn Star

    So what's it like to see a relative in porn? Have no fear, for the echo chamber of Reddit is here to tell you some awkward family stories about porn.
  18. Ways The Duck Dynasty Family Is Lying About Their Whole Identity

    Ways The Duck Dynasty Family Is Lying About Their Whole Identity

    Fans of A&E's Duck Dynasty think it's one of the best reality TV shows ever, thanks in large part to the antics of the Roberston family.
  19. +vote 10 Of The Grossest Egg Sacs You'll Find In Nature

    10 Of The Grossest Egg Sacs You'll Find In Nature

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    Egg sacs. The very phrase connotes a certain grossness. But they're an important aspect of reproduction for a number of species; animal egg sacs ensure ...
  20. The Crazy Story Of Carl Tanzler And His Messed Up Relationship With A Corpse

    The Crazy Story Of Carl Tanzler And His Messed Up Relationship With A Corpse

    There are stories of everlasting love, the sort of bond that transcends space, time, and even life itself. And then there's the story of Carl Tanzler's corpse ...
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    The producers of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (aired 2003-2012) knew they had a winner in the very premise of their show. A construction crew, led by the ...
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    You've heard the term "sugar daddy," but do you know what it really means? "Sugaring" is a paid arrangement between two consenting adults ...
  23. +vote The Spookiest Ghost Stories And Legends From The Vatican

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    The Vatican houses some of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world, filled with priceless artifacts tied to deeply held beliefs. But its echoing ...
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    The small town of Appomattox, Virginia is a quiet place. It is mostly known as the site of the surrendering of the South in the American Civil War in 1865. Nearly ...
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