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It’s easier than ever to become a celebrity nowadays (as clichéd as that is to point out). You don’t even need to exist. Amid a new profusion of virtual influencers, CGI it-girls, holographic pop stars, and AI personalities, we’re seeing a brand new wave of digital stardom coalescing before our eyes. Still, despite being fake,…

A patriarchal world hasn’t been enough to stop women from rising to positions of power and influence. In earlier epochs, that journey was made much more difficult, with the rigidness of monarchy and the class system. Still, some women used their cunning, intellect, and even their powers of seduction to gain influence and power. Here…

Assassination is so ingrained in American culture that it’s practically a national pastime. Every single president since Lyndon Johnson has been the target of an assassination attempt; with plenty more before LBJ also finding themselves on the wrong end of a bullet. That’s before you take into account the lower-ranking politicians attacked, the civil rights…

If the #MeToo movement has taught us anything, it’s that perverts are everywhere. The pages of history are no exception. Below are 10 historically notable perverts, who run the gamut from “midly kinky” to “extreme sexual predator.” There is always difficulty in applying modern standards to actions of the past, but these 10 men all…

During their heyday (roughly from the 16th to 19th centuries), highwaymen were considered a special type of criminal, known for their good manners, noble bearing, and, in some cases at least, their scrupulous moral values. Some of the best known operated in Britain, France, and other European countries, as well as their overseas territories. And,…

Celebrities are a big thing in the world, especially in the United States, and enjoy a status almost akin to a sort of royalty. This has led many people to lend to celebrities a false sense of authority, and soon they start considering their favorite entertainer an expert on a subject that the entertainer is,…

When Charles Darwin studied the process of evolution in the 1800s, he realized that animals have a selective breeding process he called “natural selection.” Animals who were born with a predisposition to survive longer in their environment were the ones to survive and mate with one another, passing on their DNA. Because of this process,…

Prior to the 1950s, cultural norms (supported by the medical establishment) reinforced the notion that pregnant women were quasi-invalids, in a fragile state of health that required avoidance of fatigue, overexertion, and much physical or mental activity beyond “light housework.” As the science has advanced, with a few exceptions, it supports the idea that most…

The narrative we’re usually fed is that people achieve fame and fortune through passionately pursuing the future of their dreams. That might be true in the majority of cases. But the world of celebrities is filled with eccentrics and oddly-charmed people, so perhaps in some way it makes sense that the people who go farthest…

In most cases, once someone becomes a celebrity their past endeavors and successes become irrelevant. They just become a celebrity, and are known for the roles they play in the entertainment industry. It turns out, many celebrities were intelligent enough to have chosen other career paths or transitioned to acting after already have successful careers.…

When we think of France, we tend to first imagine the romantic, the gastronomically exclusive, the luxurious, or the destination for classy European travel. When we imagine the atrocious and the wicked, our minds may initially jump to Henry VIII, Nazi Germany, or North American serial killers. Yet it is France where some of the…

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