Maria Rasputin May Be More Fascinating Than Her “Mad Monk” Father
Maria Rasputin escaped death in Russia and went on to become a lion tamer and author — but was she really the Grigori Rasputin's daughter?
Inside Bedlam And The Real Horror Story Of The Bethlem Royal Hospital
Bethlem Royal Hospital in England was the first facility of its kind to treat people with mental illness — but poor management and funding turned it into a chaotic institution that came to define the word "bedlam."
The Story Of Hypatia, An Ancient Greek Intellectual Killed For Her Beliefs
One of the few women in Ancient Greek academe, Hypatia of Alexandria was a true sight to behold. And she was killed because of it.
4 Real U.S. Government Alien Research Projects Straight Out Of “The X-Files”
Are aliens real? Some people really, really want to believe. Here are the real government initiatives (and one compelling probable hoax) that these believers use in making their case that aliens do exist.
Queen Nzinga, The West African Leader Who Fought Off Slave Traders
In the 17th century, the southwest region of Africa now known as Angola stood divided. It would take years -- and the influence of one remarkable woman -- to unite it.
Can This New Computer Algorithm Solve Murders?
A former news reporter has developed an algorithm to help solve murders — but will law enforcement use it?
“Dead Shot Mary” Shanley: The 1930s NYPD Officer With A Gun In Her Purse
Mary Shanley was one of the NYPD's first female police officers — and one of its most badass.
The Ins And Outs Of Victorian Dating
In spite or perhaps because of the value placed on chastity, the Victorians took flirting to a new level of crazy.
Inside The Mysterious Lives Of 19th-Century Garden Hermits
In 1800s Europe, real-life humans served as ornamental garden hermits on the estates of wealthy landowners. This is their bizarre yet true story.
Sherri Finkbine And The 50-Year Fight For Abortion In America
Sherri Finkbine's story is an apt reminder of the hurdles that women have had to cross in order to assert control over their own bodies.
Meet Ida B. Wells, The Fearless Black Activist Who Exposed Racism And Fought For Women’s Suffrage
In the 1890s, Ida B. Wells galvanized the early civil rights movement through her investigative journalism and intersectional feminism — and she was just getting started.