The True Story Of Efraim Diveroli, The 21-Year-Old Arms Dealer Featured In ‘War Dogs’
Efraim Diveroli was known for his precociousness, a trait that would serve him well — and ultimately betray him — as he tried to scam the American government.
From Stoner To Merchant Of Death: David Packouz And The Absurd True Story Of ‘War Dogs’
David Packouz went from Miami stoner to international gun runner — all before his 30th birthday. His rise and fall is the real-life inspiration for the 2016 film War Dogs.
The Controversial History Of Absinthe, The Drink So Strong Some Feared It Would Bring Societal Collapse
A highly alcoholic spirit originating from Switzerland, absinthe is legendary for its strength. But its potency has also led to absinthe being banned in several countries for its perceived link to debauchery.
Poisoned, Shot, And Left To Bleed Out: The Grisly Story Of Grigori Rasputin’s Death
The death of Rasputin has been a subject of fascination since the hour of his murder due to his stubborn, nearly superhuman refusal to die.
Inside Operation Red Dog, The Bizarre And Disastrous KKK Plot To Take Over A Caribbean Nation
In 1981, a crew of American and Canadian neo-Nazis and KKK members plotted a violent overthrow of the Dominican government, but their ship never made it out of New Orleans.
How A Teenage Boy Named Sporus Became Empress Of Rome Under Nero’s Rule
After Emperor Nero allegedly kicked his second wife Sabina to death in 65 A.D., he met a slave boy named Sporus who looked like her. So Nero had him castrated and took him as his bride.
Inside Matelotage, The Same-Sex Partnerships Between Colonial-Era Pirates
During the Golden Age of Piracy, some buccaneers engaged in matelotage, a form of civil union. Sometimes these arrangements were purely financial — but often they were affectionate, romantic, or sexual.
‘Every Woman’s Man And Every Man’s Woman’: Inside The Sex Rumors Surrounding Julius Caesar
As a powerful man in ancient Rome, Julius Caesar probably had sex with both men and women, but it was his taste in partners that threatened to ruin his reputation.
Meet Hasekura Tsunenaga, The 17th-Century Samurai Who Traveled The World And Became A Roman Aristocrat
In 1613, Hasekura Tsunenaga set out from Japan on an expedition that would take him to California, Mexico, and most of Europe.
How Justine Johnstone Went From Silent Movie Starlet To Groundbreaking Scientist
Broadway and silent movie star Justine Johnstone got tired of the shallow roles she was offered, so she set her sights on medicine instead.
Inside Shark Island, Germany’s First Concentration Camp — Used Decades Before The Holocaust
From 1904 to 1908, more than 80 percent of Namibia’s Herero people and 50 percent of its Nama people were killed by German forces in a genocide carried out in concentration camps like the one on Shark Island.