Death By Cuddling

Regicide is the term used to describe to killing of a monarch. History records kings and queens who have been poisoned, stabbed, shot, beheaded, and blown up. The animal kingdom boasts a kinder way to remove the sovereign: death by cuddling. When the queen of a bee colony becomes too old or unproductive, the worker... Continue Reading →


Lincoln’s Dog Followed Him Even in Death

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew the value of a faithful friend. Maybe that's why he acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog in 1855 when he lived in Springfield, Illinois. The future President named the dog Fido, and they quickly became inseparable. Their connection would unite them in life -- and in death.  Fido accompanied Lincoln everywhere in... Continue Reading →

Just as Popular in Death

  Eva Duarte Peron, the wife of one-time leader of Argentina Juan Peron, was immensely popular as the nation's First Lady. Her life inspired the musical play and motion picture Evita. Upon her death, her popularity only increased, and her body went on a long and sometimes-mysterious journey, including a period of time where Eva's... Continue Reading →

The Dangers of Long Hair on a Hair-Raising Ride

Roller coasters are supposed to be scary, but they aren't supposed to actually be dangerous. In August 2003 Doug McKay was working at the Island County Fair at Whidbey Island, Washington. His job was to spray lubricant on the roller coaster's tracks. Unfortunately, his long hair got caught in one of the coaster's cars as... Continue Reading →

Defending His Client to the Extreme

Attorney Clement Vallandigham (former US Congressman from Ohio and famously deported to the South by President Lincoln during the Civil War) was defending Thomas McGehan, who was accused of shooting a man to death during a fight in a saloon. Vallandigham argued that his client was innocent and that the victim had accidentally shot himself.... Continue Reading →

Don’t Kill the Messenger — Especially if He Comes from Genghis Khan

Haven't heard of the Khwarezmian Empire? You can thank the unbelievably bad decisions of its leader, Shad Ala Ad-Din Muhammad II (1169-1220). The Khwarezmian Empire stretched from the Sea of Oman to the Oxus River and encompassed what sociologists refer to as “Greater Iran,” incorporating parts of modern-day China, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Genghis Khan... Continue Reading →

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