Measles: Once just a deadly as smallpox

For hundreds of years, measles has been one of the most feared diseases around. It is assumed that the virus emerged some time between 500 AD and 1000 AD. For many centuries, measles has been a very potent killer. Especially in the “New World” (the American continent) where people were not yet used to the virus, it had a very …

The Torture Chamber in the Attic

In 1834 a fire in a New Orleans mansion belonging to socialite Delphine LaLaurie and her husband revealed a torture chamber containing numerous black slaves who had been beaten and tortured.

Who wants to be a cheater?

Charles William Ingram (b. 1963) is a former British Army Major who went on the British version of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” in 2001.  Before him, his wife and his wife’s brother were contestants on the TV game show and won £32,000. Ingram wanted more. Struggling with the first few questions already, he was saved by a break.

Empress Theodora

When Justinian I, nephew of the current Byzantine emperor, met Theodora she was an actress, prostitute, wool-spinner, and had just returned from a spiritual experience in the desert. The two were an unlikely match and Justinian had several laws changed to allow their marriage, which occurred in 525.