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P.T. Barnum and Commodore Nutt, c. 1862.

Resilient Facts About Commodore Nutt, The Tiny Entertainer With A Big Personality

Commodore Nutt was one of the biggest attractions at Barnum’s American Museum, but at the age of 33, he met an end so tragic—it’s unforgettable.
May 13, 2024 J. Clarke
Photo of a portrait of Mary Seacole (1805–1881), c.1869, by otherwise unknown London artist Albert Charles Challen (1847–1881). Original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Caring Facts About Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale’s Arch-Rival

Mary Seacole spent her life playing second fiddle to Florence Nightingale, and this lifelong rivalry continued beyond the grave.
April 29, 2024 Byron Fast
Aida Overton Walker

Fabulous Facts About Aida Overton Walker, The Forgotten Drag King

When vaudeville superstar Aida Overton Walker walked onto the stage, audiences would go absolutely wild—but few know her dark history.
April 8, 2024 J. Clarke
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Dastardly Facts About Doc Holliday, The Wild West Gentleman

John Henry “Doc” Holliday was the dentist-turned-outlaw who gambled and gunned his way across the Wild West. But there was one enemy he couldn’t outrun.
April 2, 2024 Brendan Da Costa
Portrait of Mrs. Herbert Asquith

Scathing Facts About Margot Asquith, The Witch Of Downing Street

Nothing gave socialite Margot Asquith greater pleasure than shocking high society—until she went too far.
March 25, 2024 Brendan Da Costa

Shameless Facts About Fanny Murray, Queen Of The Courtesans

When Fanny Murray got involved with her richest client yet, she thought she’d hit the jackpot. Instead, he dragged her into the twisted world of the Hellfire Club.
March 18, 2024 Brendan Da Costa
Internal-Myrtle

Resilient Facts About Myrtle Corbin, The Four-Legged Woman

Myrtle Corbin was an American sideshow performer who shocked audiences with her four legs—but she met a terribly tragic end.
March 11, 2024 Byron Fast
Countess Sunny Von Bulow at home. Article title: "Inside Fashion: Just a Cheerful Baby"

Shadowy Facts About Sunny Von Bulow, The Trapped Beauty

When Sunny Von Bulow fell into a coma, people whispered about what had happened to the heiress. No one guessed the real, sickening reason.
February 12, 2024 Dancy Mason
Big Nose Kate

Rowdy Facts About Big Nose Kate, The Wildest Woman In The West

Big Nose Kate and Doc Holliday had an affair that put Bonnie and Clyde to shame, but their “love” story came with an even darker twist.
February 1, 2024 Brendan Da Costa
Portrait of Thérésa Tallien (1773-1835)

Touching Facts About Thérésa Tallien, the French Revolution’s “It” Girl

Thérésa Tallien stopped the Reign of Terror and saved the future Empress Josephine from beheading—only to deal her an absolutely twisted betrayal.
January 31, 2024 Brendan Da Costa
Guggenheim And Dogs

Scandalous Facts About Peggy Guggenheim, The Art Maven

When Peggy Guggenheim died, she left behind a massive art collection and a trail of affairs—but the most shocking development of all came at her burial.
January 29, 2024 Kayla Zhu
Marie-Anglique de Scorailles

Suspicious Facts About Marie Angélique de Scorailles, The Doomed Mistress

The king’s love for Marie Angélique de Scorailles put her in the crosshairs of his mistress—and what she did to Marie was beyond disturbing.
January 24, 2024 Brendan Da Costa


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