Random History

5 Would-Be Queens of England

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English history is littered with consorts of our monarchs. The vast majority were women, with the occasional man included where the monarch is female. But there were a few women who, were it not for…

Game Of Thrones: On Location

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BEWARE: SPOILERS! You have to love Game Of Thrones. You know, that show that everyone has been fawning over?! OK, OK. So I know it’s mythical and not necessarily historical, but whatever! Written by a…

The Cutting Edge of History

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When one hears the term ‘Martial Arts’, a number of images leap into the mind. They can range from a headband-clad Carl Douglas on Top of the Pops (circa 1974), a blood-scratched Bruce Lee with…

The Museum of Witchcraft

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When I was 10 years old, we visited a small fishing village called Boscastle, that would later become ‘famous’ for the devastating floods of 2004. At this time it was known only as a windy,…

12 of the Worlds Strangest Museums

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1. The Garbage Museum, Stratford, Connecticut Source: CRRA If you are looking for an exhibition that is totally rubbish, then this might be for you. Central to their display is the Trash-o-saurus which is made from…

Weird History: The Ivanov Experiments

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In February 1926, Russian biologist Ilia Ivanov set out for Guinea in French West Africa, where he planned to perform one of the world’s most sensational experiments. He planned to use artificial insemination to cross…

Five failed Assassination Attempts

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We are all human, and therefore, are at risk of making odd, stupid and downright silly mistakes. Even with meticulous planning…stuff can still go pear shaped. Assassinations are great examples of human calculation, and at…