Draco (650 BC – 600 BC), an Athenian lawgiver, was smothered to death in 620 BC by gifts of cloaks and hats showered upon him by appreciative citizens. source
About 5,500 unexploded bombs left over from World War II are uncovered each year in Germany. source
In 1876 a handful of mobsters botched a morbid plan to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it ransom. The hapless grave robbers were arrested just a few days later. […]
Purple, the most expensive dye from Murex seashells, was reserved exclusively for Roman royalty. For anyone else to wear the color was treason. source
The first shopping mall was built by Roman Emperor Trajan in Rome. It consisted of over 150 outlets, selling everything from spices to clothing. source
The word decimate comes from the Roman practice of lining up prisoners — particularly those guilty of desertion — and killing every tenth person. source
In 1974, archeologists noted the deteriorization of the mummified remains of Rameses II, and he was flown to Paris for examination. He was issued an Egyptian passport, listing his occupation as “King […]
Robert Lincoln was once saved from possible serious injury or death by Edwin Booth, famous actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of his father. The incident took place on […]
A cheap and effective way to torture someone was with the use of rats. There were many variants, but the most common was to force a rat through a victim’s body (usually […]
Students of history know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. What is not commonly known is that Burr shot Hamilton in the groin.
On February 19, 1803, President Jefferson signed an act of Congress that approved Ohio’s boundaries and constitution. However, Congress had never passed a resolution formally admitting Ohio as the 17th state. The […]
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
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Nikola Tesla once “shook the poop out” of a constipated Mark Twain with an experiment. One famous legend surrounding the eccentric Tesla was that he had an earthquake machine in his Manhattan […]