Genevieve Carlton

Genevieve Carlton

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Genevieve Carlton loves pizza. She has a PhD in History and collects strange, mysterious, and hilarious stories from the past. One time, she fell into the River of No Return, but she returned. Genevieve writes historical fiction under the pen name Sylvia Prince, and her latest book, Salem Mean Girls, retells the Salem witch trials in the style of the movie Mean Girls.

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  1. To This Day, No One Knows How Edgar Allan Poe Died

    To This Day, No One Knows How Edgar Allan Poe Died

    Edgar Allan Poe, famous for “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” was a master of mystery and horror. Poe’s life was full of strange facts, like being ...
  2. The Bizarre Tale Of The Confederates Who Seceded From The Confederacy To Protect Black People

    The Bizarre Tale Of The Confederates Who Seceded From The Confederacy To Protect Black People

    Not everyone in the South wanted to secede from the Union. One band of rebels against the Rebels declared themselves “Southern Yankees.” They were led by Newton ...
  3. The Caul: History's Strangest Protective Charm

    The Caul: History's Strangest Protective Charm

    Labor and delivery is already pretty horrifying, but for centuries mothers rejoiced if their baby was “born with a veil.” The caul, a piece of amniotic sac ...
  4. This Museum Has 111 Eerily Preserved 'Screaming Mummies'

    This Museum Has 111 Eerily Preserved 'Screaming Mummies'

    A small town in Mexico is home to what are called the screaming mummies, a collection of eerily preserved bodies that are all less than 200 years old. Mummies ...
  5. The 1972 "Gun Rights Bible" That Single-Handedly Transformed America's Relationship With Firearms

    The 1972 "Gun Rights Bible" That Single-Handedly Transformed America's Relationship With Firearms

    One book published in 1972 transformed how Americans think about guns – and gave powerful ammunition to the NRA. Jeff Cooper’s Principles of Personal ...
  6. This Doctor Actually Tried To Resurrect George Washington From The Dead With Lamb's Blood

    This Doctor Actually Tried To Resurrect George Washington From The Dead With Lamb's Blood

    When George Washington died on December 14, 1799, the nation mourned the loss of its first President and the heroic general of the American Revolution, ...
  7. All The Ways The King James Version Of The Bible Really Messed Up God's Word

    All The Ways The King James Version Of The Bible Really Messed Up God's Word

    The King James Bible was first published in 1611, and it quickly became the standard English translation of the Bible. But there are a number of King James Version ...
  8. What It Was Like To Be A Body Collector During The Bubonic Plague

    What It Was Like To Be A Body Collector During The Bubonic Plague

    Buboes, black spots, and bloody froth: it was all in a day’s work for Black Death body collectors. The plague, which may have killed as many as 200 million people ...
  9. How One Man's Map Singlehandedly Stopped An Epidemic And Saved Millions Of Lives

    How One Man's Map Singlehandedly Stopped An Epidemic And Saved Millions Of Lives

    Maps have the power to change minds, as the 1861 map that convinced Lincoln to end slavery proves. Maps also have the power to save lives. One such map, the John ...
  10. The Map That Helped Convince Lincoln Slavery Had To End

    The Map That Helped Convince Lincoln Slavery Had To End

    One image did more to end slavery in the United States than any other. It was the map Lincoln used to see slavery, and it changed the way Lincoln thought about the ...
  11. Queen Victoria's Wet Nurse Ended Up Murdering All of Her Children

    Queen Victoria's Wet Nurse Ended Up Murdering All of Her Children

    In 1854, Mary Ann Brough committed a gruesome crime. In the middle of the night, she sliced the throats of her six children before turning the razor on herself.
  12. Nobody Knows Where This 16th Century Statue Of A Man Eating Babies Came From

    Nobody Knows Where This 16th Century Statue Of A Man Eating Babies Came From

    A strange child eating statue stands in the center of the scenic Alpine city of Bern, Switzerland. Set between quaint sandstone buildings and the picturesque River ...
  13. +vote 15 Completely Bonkers Ways People Used To Try To Control The Gender Of Their Baby

    15 Completely Bonkers Ways People Used To Try To Control The Gender Of Their Baby

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    For thousands of years, men and women have wanted to control the sex of their babies. Just like there were weird ways to test for pregnancy, there were all kinds ...
  14. Sally Hansen Was A Real Person And She Rocked

    Sally Hansen Was A Real Person And She Rocked

    When it comes to nail polish brands, one can be found on almost every shelf: Sally Hansen. But for years, no one knew if Sally Hansen was a real person, or if the ...
  15. That Time The French Royal Court Dressed Up Like Bigfoot And Caught Fire

    That Time The French Royal Court Dressed Up Like Bigfoot And Caught Fire

    The French Royal Court is known for throwing some pretty crazy parties. Their extravagance may have even fanned the flames of the French Revolution. But in 1393, a ...
  16. The Cross-Dressing Prostitute Who Got Caught Secretly Having Sex With Dozens Of Nuns - And Priests

    The Cross-Dressing Prostitute Who Got Caught Secretly Having Sex With Dozens Of Nuns - And Priests

    Meet John Rykener, a medieval prostitute who dressed as a woman and had sex with nuns and priests. In a 14th-century document that was only discovered in ...
  17. The Beef Between Thomas Jefferson And Alexander Hamilton Goes Deeper Than You Thought

    The Beef Between Thomas Jefferson And Alexander Hamilton Goes Deeper Than You Thought

    The first—and perhaps the most important—political rivalry in U.S. history was between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. The two Founding Fathers ...
  18. +vote Check Out These Letterhead Designs Famous People Used Throughout History

    Check Out These Letterhead Designs Famous People Used Throughout History

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    We’ve all seen letterheads before—the text and design at the top of a letter—but we rarely stop to think about it. This roundup of famous people’s letterhead gives ...
  19. People In The Middle Ages Hated Cats So Much That They Ritualistically Tortured Them

    People In The Middle Ages Hated Cats So Much That They Ritualistically Tortured Them

    Cat lovers, be warned. The history of cats in the Middle Ages is gruesome. Medieval theories about cats claimed that they were cruel creatures that were in ...
  20. The Violent, 20-Year-Old Maniac Who Became Pope Three Separate Times

    The Violent, 20-Year-Old Maniac Who Became Pope Three Separate Times

    Popes are supposed to serve for life, but, historically speaking, it hasn't always worked out that way. In the case of the 11th-century Pope ...
  21. Researchers Just Discovered The Early Hominid Responsible For Gifting The Human Race With Herpes

    Researchers Just Discovered The Early Hominid Responsible For Gifting The Human Race With Herpes

    The science is in: humans got genital herpes from Nutcracker Man. Nutcracker Man, or Paranthropus boisei, was an early hominid with herpes who flourished over a ...
  22. 17 Plaster Face Molds Of Famous Historical Figures That Were Made Moments After They Died

    17 Plaster Face Molds Of Famous Historical Figures That Were Made Moments After They Died

    Death masks are an eerie glimpse into the final moments of life. These detailed sculptures of prominent historical figures were made immediately after death to ...
  23. The Ancient Mental Illness That Made Thousands of People Paranoid They Would Turn Into Glass

    The Ancient Mental Illness That Made Thousands of People Paranoid They Would Turn Into Glass

    In the long history of strange mental disorders, glass delusion ranks as one of the most baffling. It appeared for the first time around 1400, and people suffering ...
  24. In 1921, A Mob Destroyed America's Richest Black Neighborhood And Killed 300 Innocent People

    In 1921, A Mob Destroyed America's Richest Black Neighborhood And Killed 300 Innocent People

    The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot was the deadliest massacre on American soil since the Civil War –but it is rarely mentioned in history books. Over a two-day ...
  25. +vote These Renaissance Sea Monsters Are Really Weird

    These Renaissance Sea Monsters Are Really Weird

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    In the sixteenth century, everyone told stories about Renaissance sea monsters, the terrifying creatures that attacked sailors. In 1539, a Swede named Olaus ...

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