Why did Vlad the Impaler impale people?

Before the Geneva Convention there was medieval warfare and it was often barbaric and brutal. Vlad III Dracula (Dracula meaning “son of Dracul” or “son of the dragon”), otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler, or Vlad Ţepeş (Tze-Pesh, Romanian for “Impaler”), would torture and kill his enemies by impaling them on sharpened poles and setting […]

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Did Benjamin Franklin have syphilis?

So, you heard or read a rumor that Benjamin Franklin had syphilis and want to know if it’s true. You’ve come to the right place. Contrary to any rumor flying around that states the opposite, Benjamin Franklin did not have syphilis or any other venereal disease. The rumor sometimes states that Benjamin Franklin not only […]

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Was Princess Diana a psychopath?

With the popular series The Crown bringing up the past and reviving curiosity surrounding Diana’s life and death, questions have emerged regarding Diana’s mental condition. One common inquiry asks if Diana was a psychopath. No, Princess Diana was not a psychopath. But why is this asked by so many? People and their “words” Oftentimes people […]

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Why did Chernobyl workers wear white?

Cover-alls are an essential part of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) of any nuclear power plant (NPP) worker. The color, however, is not. Workers at Chernobyl would wear white cover-alls, white mouth guards, white shoe covers, and white cloth caps because it’s the color of choice for NPP workers in the Soviet Union, now Russia […]

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Did Ragnar Lothbrok meet King Alfred the Great?

Ever since the show Vikings had a scene where Ragnar Lothbrok meets with Alfred the Great, there has been speculation as to whether this was historically accurate. Did Ragnar have the chance to meet a young Alfred in real life? To answer the question, no, Alfred the Great did not meet Ragnar Lothbrok. Here’s why: […]

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Did Genghis Khan Write a Book?

So much has been written about Genghis Khan and mostly what is found, is written by other people. But did Genghis Khan, himself, ever write a book or anything about his conquests? Sadly no, it seems as though Khan may have had trusted scholars at the time record some of his memoirs and military victories […]

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Did Joan of Arc Die a Virgin?

Evidence seems to suggest that Joan of Arc did die a virgin. Though the answer to this question cannot be a definitive yes, Joan of Arc’s virginity seems to be verified by some key points surrounding her life and sainthood. She Became France’s National Saint One of the prerequisites of sainthood is virginity. It took […]

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Did Marco Polo Ride a Llama?

Marco! Polo! You no doubt remember screaming his name across the pool at some point, but more importantly, did the explorer ride a llama? We are pretty certain the answer is no. How can we be sure that no llama joined him on his journey? Simply for the fact that llamas are native to South […]

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Did Hitler Speak English or a language other than German?

Did Hitler Speak English? The short and most probable answer to the question of did Hitler speak English is not likely. Hitler reportedly spent a few months residency in London where he probably picked up a few words and phrases in English, but in no way was able to speak or write in the language […]

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