Setareh Janda

Setareh Janda

Chicago, Illinois - United States

Full-time nerd, part-time writer. As a Ph.D. candidate in history, she has heard her share of crazy/morbid/titillating/unbelievable stories, and her research has taken her to three continents. She has worked for big corporations, small non-profits, and cozy colleges in four states. When not writing about scandals, badass historical figures, and forgotten history, she obsesses over movie trivia, books, travel, British television, royals, and musicals. Also a professional fangirl at Pop-Culturalist

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  1. 12 Fun Facts About Voltaire, The Jon Stewart of 18th Century France

    12 Fun Facts About Voltaire, The Jon Stewart of 18th Century France

    Voltaire was an intellectual superstar. True, this 18th-century French writer, philosopher, and rabble-rouser does not seem like an obvious candidate for ...
  2. Welcome to Oneida, The 1800s Free-Love Hippie Commune Nobody Knows About

    Welcome to Oneida, The 1800s Free-Love Hippie Commune Nobody Knows About

    If the Victorian era is remembered as a period of prudish morality, buttoned-up collars, and restrictive corsets, then the Oneida Community was an insane, ...
  3. 22 Insane Facts About Aleister Crowley, Perhaps The Most Unique Person Ever

    22 Insane Facts About Aleister Crowley, Perhaps The Most Unique Person Ever

    Aleister Crowley was one of the most bizarre, fascinating, and mysterious figures of the 20th century. Known in his own time as "the wickedest man in the ...
  4. 1871-1914: Remembering France's "Golden Age" of Prostitution

    1871-1914: Remembering France's "Golden Age" of Prostitution

    Paris's Belle Epoque was a time of elegant architecture, wide boulevards, and inviting cafes. It was also an era rich in French hedonism.
  5. The Insane Story of Alexadre Dumas, The Legendary Author Who Had 40 Mistresses

    The Insane Story of Alexadre Dumas, The Legendary Author Who Had 40 Mistresses

    Featuring shocking duels, unexpected births, and wild romance, Alexandre Dumas’s life is as thrilling and fascinating as the stories he wrote. Though he wrote a ...
  6. Heartbreaking Facts About Jack the Ripper's Victims

    Heartbreaking Facts About Jack the Ripper's Victims

    Jack the Ripper has gone down in history as one of the most notorious, chilling, and mysterious serial killers of all time. Between August and November 1888, ...
  7. Buckwild Facts About Mata Hari, The Exotic Dancer Who Became A WWI Spy

    Buckwild Facts About Mata Hari, The Exotic Dancer Who Became A WWI Spy

    Who was Mata Hari? Exotic dancer, courtesan, seductress, spy, and femme fatale: Mata Hari was many things to many different people. But she is perhaps best ...
  8. 14 Raunchy Stories About Giacomo Casanova, History's Most Notorious Playboy

    14 Raunchy Stories About Giacomo Casanova, History's Most Notorious Playboy

    Giacomo Casanova is remembered today for his many illicit affairs. After all, the word "Casanova" still denotes a cad who knows his way around women. But ...
  9. The Enduring Mystery of Rasputin, Imperial Russia's Secret Shadow Master

    The Enduring Mystery of Rasputin, Imperial Russia's Secret Shadow Master

    Grigori Rasputin is one of the most notorious names in Russian history - and his piercing eyes, creepy gaze, greasy hair, and bushy beard only add to the mystique ...
  10. 15 Bizarre Facts About George III, The Clinically-Insane King Who Lost America

    15 Bizarre Facts About George III, The Clinically-Insane King Who Lost America

    King George III was a whole lot more than just America’s final king. Known to history as “Mad King George,” this British monarch may have ruled over an empire, but ...
  11. +vote The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died

    The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died

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    The royal houses of Europe have had a bloody history. From battles to coups and assassinations, kings and queens have suffered deaths ranging from the serene to ...
  12. 11 Ways The Corrupt & Elite Ruling Class Led To The French Revolution

    11 Ways The Corrupt & Elite Ruling Class Led To The French Revolution

    Though Marie Antoinette may not have actually said, “Let them eat cake,” the French monarchy and aristocracy displayed an almost laughable disconnection from ...
  13. The Tragic Life Of Juana Maria, The Lone Woman Of San Nicolas Island

    The Tragic Life Of Juana Maria, The Lone Woman Of San Nicolas Island

    Anyone who grew up reading Scott O'Dell's classic Island of the Blue Dolphins was probably captivated by the main character. She is a young woman who ...
  14. Royal French Manners Were So Weird That You Could Pee Directly In Front Of The Queen

    Royal French Manners Were So Weird That You Could Pee Directly In Front Of The Queen

    Versailles etiquette was as complicated and ornate as the furniture and artwork filling the great chambers of the French royal palace. The smallest details of ...
  15. Gladiator Might Be One of The Most Historically Inaccurate Movies Ever

    Gladiator Might Be One of The Most Historically Inaccurate Movies Ever

    The writers and directors of Gladiator would seriously flunk a history class. Though the film is ridiculously fun and has held up pretty ...
  16. 15 Brutal Facts About Auto De Fe, The Inquisition's Public Torture Ceremony

    15 Brutal Facts About Auto De Fe, The Inquisition's Public Torture Ceremony

    What was the auto de fé? Beginning in Spain at the end of the 15th century, the auto de fé was a religious and civic spectacle. The phrase literally ...
  17. They Went On A Hunger Strike For Women's Rights - So The Government Imprisoned And Brutally Force-Fed Them To Silence Their Voices

    They Went On A Hunger Strike For Women's Rights - So The Government Imprisoned And Brutally Force-Fed Them To Silence Their Voices

    In the early 20th century, British women were demanding the right to vote in new ways. The gloves had come off, and they were willing to do whatever it took ...
  18. Heartbreaking Facts About Mary Todd Lincoln, America's Most Tragic First Lady

    Heartbreaking Facts About Mary Todd Lincoln, America's Most Tragic First Lady

    25 votes
    Mary Todd Lincoln does not command the same amount of love and affection that her famous husband, Abraham, does. In fact, she is perhaps one of the most ...
  19. +vote The 15 Most Annoyingly Catchy Songs in Disney Movies

    The 15 Most Annoyingly Catchy Songs in Disney Movies

    1,540 votes
    Admit it: the best part of a Disney movie is the music. Some of the greatest modern songwriters - Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Elton John, and the Sherman ...
  20. 12 Scandalous Facts About Wallis Simpson, the Woman Who Seduced a King

    12 Scandalous Facts About Wallis Simpson, the Woman Who Seduced a King

    Of all the scandalous women in history, Wallis Simpson is probably one of the most vilified, the most fascinating, and the most misunderstood. Since she first made ...
  21. The 10 Cruelest, Most Unfair Weddings In The History of Western Culture

    The 10 Cruelest, Most Unfair Weddings In The History of Western Culture

    Secret weddings in history are proof that not all proposals end with happily ever after. Throughout history, couples have had to marry either in secret or in a ...
  22. 12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander Hamilton

    12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander Hamilton

    95 votes
    Before 2015, it was common to hear that Alexander Hamilton was, by far, the most undervalued of all the American Founding Fathers. But with the explosive ...
  23. 11 Reasons Why Hernan Cortes Is One Of The All-Time Worst People In History

    11 Reasons Why Hernan Cortes Is One Of The All-Time Worst People In History

    History brims with crazy villains from the past: men and women who are remembered for the horrible things they did. Without doubt, Hernan Cortes, the notorious ...
  24. 15 Extremely Dark Things You'd Never Suspect Charles Dickens Actually Did

    15 Extremely Dark Things You'd Never Suspect Charles Dickens Actually Did

    Basically the star quarterback of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens worked diligently for every ounce of success he got. He rose from the ashes of his ...
  25. The Shocking Moment A Women's Rights Activist Sacrificed Her Life By Horse Stomping

    The Shocking Moment A Women's Rights Activist Sacrificed Her Life By Horse Stomping

    On June 4, 1913, Emily Davison stepped onto the track at Epsom Downs Racecourse as a horse came barreling around the bend. The horse and jockey crashed into ...

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