The “mad queen” trope is as popular in history as it is in pop culture. However, all too often, we see this moniker attached to complex—and more notably, powerful—women whose influence exceeded the social restrictions or expectations of their time period, causing their contemporaries to view them as a looming threat or a literal offense. Were three of history’s most famous “mad” queens actually suffering from mental illness, or were they simply the victims of slander? Let’s find out, shall we?
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is shrouded in mystery. Since the National Security Act of 1947 asserted that the director of the CIA must keep documents classified as they pertain to national security, the organization’s actions have been kept very hush-hush. Therefore, many projects only come to light years after they take place. Here are a few examples of declassified CIA programs (or projects the CIA was involved in) that have since been released to the public.
The legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia is one of the twentieth century’s most enduring popular myths. What really happened to the Russian imperial family, and what is it about the legend of Anastasia’s survival that has made it endure for so long?
The world is full of wonders—and there are just as many below the ground as there are above it. Indeed, if “spooky” is your name, the seemingly unending variety of underground tunnel systems you can actually visit throughout the world will definitely be your game.
Whether you’re a certifiable bookworm or not, the vast majority of us have benefited significantly from the ready availability of print media in this day and age. But if you’ve always thought that we have the Gutenberg Bible to thank for that, think again: Johannes Gutenberg didn’t invent movable type, and the Gutenberg Bible wasn’t the first book ever printed.
Even if you’re not interested in true crime, odds are you’re familiar with at least one or two serial killers—figures like Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac, or the Golden State Killer. You’ll notice a trend here, too; frequently, serial killers are known by nicknames, rather than by their true identities. Have you ever wondered why that is, though? Well, it’s a complicated question with a complicated answer—and in more ways than one.