Melissa Sartore

Melissa Sartore

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I'm a history nerd with a PhD in Medieval History.  I'm also a animal-loving, yarn-playing, movie-and-TV-watching girl trapped in a history teacher's body.  When I'm lucky, I get to wrap all of those things into one.  Or at least some of them.  I also eat mustard on pretty much everything.     

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  1. +vote 24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters

    24 Ridiculously Over The Top World War II-Era STD Prevention Posters

    356 votes
    Venereal disease during World War II was an enemy the US military used propaganda to battle. Posters (and videos) warned of things like the enemy in your pants, ...
  2. These Cops Arrested All Of The City's Drug Dealers In One Fell Swoop In The Most Genius And Hilarious Way Possible

    These Cops Arrested All Of The City's Drug Dealers In One Fell Swoop In The Most Genius And Hilarious Way Possible

    In Owosso, Michigan, in 1990, cops managed to pull off quite the event – a wedding. What? This wasn't your typical wedding. The whole thing was a hoax ...
  3. +vote These Slang Terms From The Civil War-Era South Are Actually Pretty Funny

    These Slang Terms From The Civil War-Era South Are Actually Pretty Funny

    484 votes
    The regional dialect of the South is nothing if not unique, and much of it dates back to before the mid-19th century. Antebellum and Civil War ...
  4. +vote Dank Chaucer Slang You'll Be Using To Disparage Franciscans In No Time

    Dank Chaucer Slang You'll Be Using To Disparage Franciscans In No Time

    134 votes
    Geoffrey Chaucer had a way with words. The 14th-century jack-of-all-intellectual-trades was an author, poet, philosopher, and bureaucrat, and he documented the ...
  5. This Genius Punk Stole The Most Valuable Substance on Earth From NASA... Then Had Sex On Top Of It

    This Genius Punk Stole The Most Valuable Substance on Earth From NASA... Then Had Sex On Top Of It

    Astronauts have exciting and often intriguing careers; it's no wonder regular folks are so interested in the doings of these space travelers. In that vein, meet ...
  6. How LBJ Ushered In Our Current Era Of Dirty Politics And Attack Ads

    How LBJ Ushered In Our Current Era Of Dirty Politics And Attack Ads

    In 1964, at the height of the Cold War, Lyndon B. Johnson found himself running for re-election to the presidency against Republican candidate Barry ...
  7. The Other 9/11: An Atrocity In Chile That Led To 40,000 People Tortured & Killed

    The Other 9/11: An Atrocity In Chile That Led To 40,000 People Tortured & Killed

    On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet carried out a coup d'etat against the democratic government in Chile, led by Salvador Allende.
  8. +vote 15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed

    15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed

    276 votes
    Odd and outdated laws are nothing new in the United States and around the world. But when it comes to legal restrictions on food, even the most jaded of lawyers ...
  9. Al Capone's Brain Was Rotted By Syphilis To The Point Where He Was "Functionally A 12-Year-Old"

    Al Capone's Brain Was Rotted By Syphilis To The Point Where He Was "Functionally A 12-Year-Old"

    Notorious gangster and criminal Al Capone lived an exciting and fascinating life; his death, on the other hand, was a bit tragic. How did Al Capone die? ...
  10. All The Many Ways Martin Luther Was Out Of His Ever-Loving Mind

    All The Many Ways Martin Luther Was Out Of His Ever-Loving Mind

    When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany, in 1517, he opened a big chasm in the already-fracturing ...
  11. People Used To Lash Themselves To Beg God To Spare Them From The Black Plague

    People Used To Lash Themselves To Beg God To Spare Them From The Black Plague

    Flagellants were men and women who practiced physical forms of self-punishment in order to purge themselves and the world of sin. People have been ...
  12. Sorry, Everyone: Turns Out Even Wonder Bread Has A Racist Past

    Sorry, Everyone: Turns Out Even Wonder Bread Has A Racist Past

    Until the mid-19th century, your average loaf of bread was grainy, heavy, and dark. With innovations like mechanical slicers and refined flour, however, bread ...
  13. Nixon Was A Pathetic Drunk Mess In The Days Before His Resignation

    Nixon Was A Pathetic Drunk Mess In The Days Before His Resignation

    Richard Milhous Nixon's presidency was full of excitement, intrigue, grievously bad judgment, and booze – which is why so many drunk Richard Nixon ...
  14. +vote 18 Utterly Ridiculous North Korean Propaganda Posters (And What They Say)

    18 Utterly Ridiculous North Korean Propaganda Posters (And What They Say)

    219 votes
    Since going communist in 1948 – when the two Koreas were created – the leaders of North Korea have used propaganda to help maintain the power, control, and ...
  15. Her Husband Beat Her, So She Tried To Stop Domestic Violence... With A Hatchet

    Her Husband Beat Her, So She Tried To Stop Domestic Violence... With A Hatchet

    Carrie Nation and her hatchet-wielding actions during the Temperance Movement took aim at drunkenness and all of the social ills it caused. Alcohol caused domestic ...
  16. When LBJ's Assistant Got Outed As Being Gay, It Almost Cost Him The 1964 Election

    When LBJ's Assistant Got Outed As Being Gay, It Almost Cost Him The 1964 Election

    The presidential campaign of 1964 pitted incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson against Arizona senator Barry Goldwater in a contest that made headlines of all kinds.
  17. When The Host Of Candid Camera’s Plane Got Hijacked, Everyone Thought It Was A Joke... But It Wasn't

    When The Host Of Candid Camera’s Plane Got Hijacked, Everyone Thought It Was A Joke... But It Wasn't

    The passengers on Eastern Airlines Flight 7 from Newark to Miami couldn't believe their luck. They were part of a classic Candid Camera stunt. Or so they ...
  18. Don't Forget: Putin Literally Gassed 130 Innocent Russian Civilians To Death On Live TV

    Don't Forget: Putin Literally Gassed 130 Innocent Russian Civilians To Death On Live TV

    On October 23, 2002, militant Chechen separatists took over the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, Russia. For three days, they held some 800 hostages, ...
  19. +vote Here Are All The Things That Thomas Edison Didn't Actually Invent, But Took The Credit For Anyway

    Here Are All The Things That Thomas Edison Didn't Actually Invent, But Took The Credit For Anyway

    25 votes
    Thomas Edison was one of the greatest inventors of all time - or was he? Most people think Edison was the inventor of the light bulb, but that doesn't seem to ...
  20. The Disturbing Consequences Of When We Used To Put Radium Into Common Products

    The Disturbing Consequences Of When We Used To Put Radium Into Common Products

    During the first part of the 20th century, radium was used in products ranging from paint to makeup and spa treatments to chocolate to toys. Radium was sold ...
  21. Why Are These 16th-Century Cats Wearing Jetpacks?

    Why Are These 16th-Century Cats Wearing Jetpacks?

    Franz Helm's 16th-century military manual, Buch von den probierten Künsten, includes some crazy illustrations of the strategies he lays out ...
  22. Hundreds Of Baby Corpses Were Just Discovered Under A Scottish Orphanage

    Hundreds Of Baby Corpses Were Just Discovered Under A Scottish Orphanage

    The discovery of 400 bodies in a mass grave near the Smyllum Park Orphanage in Scotland has resulted in some grisly revelations. The bodies were babies and ...
  23. All About The "Other Black Plague" That Caused You To Sweat To Death Near-Instantly

    All About The "Other Black Plague" That Caused You To Sweat To Death Near-Instantly

    From 1485 through the latter part of the 16th century, a new plague – English "sweating sickness" – ravaged England and Europe, killing ...
  24. Every Single Human Attraction From P.T. Barnum's Freak Show

    Every Single Human Attraction From P.T. Barnum's Freak Show

    P.T. Barnum started promoting the human novelties he called "freaks" in his traveling show in 1835 and he opened his larger freak show at the ...
  25. In Terms of Sheer Influence, Genghis Khan Had The Most Successful Love Life In Human History

    In Terms of Sheer Influence, Genghis Khan Had The Most Successful Love Life In Human History

    Genghis Khan's sex life was as extensive as his Mongolian empire. The Mongol leader took full advantage of his position and left a vast genetic legacy. As the ...

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