History vs. Myth
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.
5 Scandals the British Royal Family Wishes We'd Forget
The Radium Girls' Dark Story Still Glows With Death and Deceit
The White House Has a Spooktacular Haunted History
England's Eccentric 'Camberley Kate' Never Turned Away a Stray
Queen Elizabeth II Steered the British Monarchy Into the 21st Century
Meet the Conman Who Sold the Brooklyn Bridge — Many Times Over
Emergence of Hunger Stones Signals Worst European Drought in 500 Years
What Kind of King Will Charles III Be?
In 19th-century Paris, the Morgue Was the Best Show in Town
Why in the World Do U.S. Presidents Pardon Turkeys?
A Short History of Skid Row
Crystal Flutes and Human Hair: 8 Random Items Found in the Library of Congress
Why North Sentinel Island Is Barred to All Visitors
Who Were the Real Women Warriors of Dahomey?
The Order of Assassins Was Very Real and Very Deadly
The French Resistance Took Many Forms During WWII
Inside Unit 731, Japan's Gruesome WWII Human Experiment Program
Incredible History: When WWII POWs Held an Olympics in a Nazi Camp
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You may have heard your parents say, "I know what's best for you." In the 14th century, some Christian parents thought sacrificing their children to slavery was a benevolent measure.
By Jane McGrath
Shipwrecks have been known to increase bank accounts. But only one has been known to double the size of an entire country. What happened to El Cazador?
A band of men assaulted the pope to force him out. When that failed, the pope sought asylum from the king. How did that form the Holy Roman Empire?
At a Harvard commencement, Sec. of State George Marshall gave a short speech about economic recovery, which morphed into a big program called the Marshall Plan. What was it about?
You've heard the fairy tale about the pied piper and how he lures away Hamelin's rats -- and the town's children when the mayor won't pay up. It it true? One thing's for sure: You won't be reading this article to your children as a bedtime story.
By Jane McGrath
If there's one time of day that holds special significance for older Argentineans, it's probably 8:25 p.m. At that minute, on July 26, 1952, Eva Peron died of cancer at age 33. But the popular first lady wouldn't be buried for more than 20 years.
Most people can recount a rough outline of Joan of Arc's story: A young French girl hears voices, leads troops into battle and is burned at the stake as a heretic. But she was put to death for committing a rather unusual crime.
Thanks to smoky-eyed Cleopatra, the notion of liberated women in ancient Egypt isn't that hard to accept. Even the delicate features of Nefertiti's bust exude an air of authority and confidence. But was feminism alive and well along the Nile?
World War II ended in 1945, but some soldiers in the dense jungles of Pacific islands didn't get the memo. What did it take to get them to stop fighting?
By Josh Clark
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the most fashionable Europeans gazed upon wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosity. But Peter the Great's collection didn't appeal to those with weak stomachs.
By Josh Clark