Biography History

The Incredible True Story of the Birdman of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California is legendary for its time as the site of one of the most infamous prisons in history.

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Biography History Mystery

The Humorous Tale of Saint Expeditus

I previously wrote about Saint Guinefort, a dog who became an unofficial local saint after a folk tale emerged surrounding his heroic deeds.

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History Mystery

Locusta: Who was Emperor Nero’s Poisoner?

History is often a matter of storytelling. Though we try to remain objective, it is inevitable that heroes and villains begin to form

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History Mystery

Franklin: The U.S. State That Never Was

In 1784, less than a decade after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and only a short few years after the conclusion

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History Travel

The Salton Sea: How a Desert Resort Became an Abandoned Wasteland

In 1905, a dry lake bed in Southern California called the “Salton Sink” was filled with water once more as the Colorado River

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History Mystery

The Dog Who Became a Saint

St. Francis of Assisi is often associated with animals. His philosophy of respect and stewardship over nature has cemented him in history as

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Artifact Mystery

The Four Golden Hats: Mysterious Bronze Age Artifacts are More Than They Appear to Be

In 1835 in the town of Schifferstadt in Southwest Germany, a treasure from the Bronze Age was unearthed. Buried in an upright position

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Biography History Mystery

Louis XVII: The Lost Dauphin

In 1789, Louis XVI of France lost his grip upon the monarchy which he had inherited. Famine, indecisive decision-making, and unsuccessful policy reforms

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Biography History Mystery

Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy: The Richest Pirate in History

The “Prince of Pirates,” the “Robin Hood of the Sea,” “Black Bellamy;” Samuel Bellamy’s short career as a pirate captain was dramatic enough

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Biography History Mystery

Who is Joanna the Mad? The Fascinating Life of Spain’s Forgotten Queen

“Joanna the Mad” is a name that is positioned at a focal branch of both the Habsburg family tree and that of the

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