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You don’t need fiction when history provides you with tales as crazy as the ones we’ve collected for you. Read up while your jaw drops.

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Who was the real Count Dracula?

Bram Stoker's Count Dracula was inspired by a 15th-century Romanian prince. If you thought Dracula was scary, you may not want to read any further.


Was there really a curse on King Tutankhamen's tomb?

King Tut's tomb is rumored to have a curse because of the tragedies that have happened since its opening. Learn about King Tut's tomb and the King Tut curse. See more »

How did 168 conquistadors take down the Incan empire?

The Incan empire was erased from existence by fewer than 200 men, but how was this possible? Find out how the Incan empire was brought down. See more »

Why is Mesopotamia called the cradle of civilization?

Mesopotamia was a region in the Middle East from which all of civilization developed. Learn about Mesopotamia and the birth of ancient civilization. See more »

Did Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned?

Nero, the Roman emperor, has a reputation for playing the fiddle while Rome burned, but did it really happen? Learn about the emperor Nero. See more »

Were the American colonists drugged during the Salem witchcraft trial?

The Salem witchcraft trials were some of the darkest events in all of American history. Learn about the Salem witchcraft trials. See more »

Did the ancient Greeks get their ideas from the Africans?

The ancient Greeks could have gotten all of their revolutionary ideas from civilizations in Africa. Learn about the ancient Greeks and ancient Greek ideas. See more »

Are there Nazi war criminals still at large?

Nazi war criminals were members of the Nazi party that escaped Germany after World War II. Learn about Nazi war criminals and where Nazi war criminals fled. See more »

Did Genghis Khan really kill 1,748,000 people in one hour?

Genghis Khan has more death attributed to him than any other person in history. Learn about Genghis Kahn and the siege Genghis Khan conducted on Nishapur. See more »

Who was America's first murderer?

America's first murderer was John Billington, who was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact. Learn about America's first murderer. See more »

Was an Irish monk the first European to reach America?

An Irish monk could have been the first person to discover the American continent, according to ancient texts. Learn more about the Irish monk discovery. See more »