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Month of Macabre: The Catacombes of Paris

When I was in high school, I got the amazing opportunity to travel to London, Paris and Madrid, spending a couple days in each incredible city. I now regret not being able to see this mega creepy spot when I was in Paris. Maybe I’ll go back someday… When you run out of room to place your dearly departed, what do you do? You can …

Month of Macabre: The “From Hell” Letter

On October 15, 1888, George Lusk (then the head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee) received a letter in the mail. It was delivered with half of a human kidney. The letter read: From hell Mr Lusk Sor I send you half the Kidne I took from one women prasarved it for you tother pirce I fried and ate it was very nise I may send …

Month of Macabre: A Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials

October 12th marks the 323rd anniversary of the end of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Salem, Massachusetts is famous for the witch trials and the city currently draws in tourists who come to experience the macabre location first-hand. Witch hunts are mentioned in law texts from ancient Egypt but became common practice in Europe between 1450 and 1750. As many as 100,000 people were executed for …

Month of Macabre: A History of the Guillotine

What is it about the guillotine that sends shivers down the spine? When it comes to execution, the guillotine was more humane and effective than beheading by axe or sword. This symbol of the French Revolution made beheading a quick and painless endeavour. Is it the size of the blade? The quick succession of deaths that occurred during the bloodiest parts of the French Revolution? Although …

Month of Macabre: Review: The Death of Kings

In honor of October, the creepiest month of them all, I’m doing a month-long blog post series called A Month of Macabre. If you have a blog post idea, let me know in the comments. Now. Enjoy the first post in this series. Muahahaha… I picked up a copy of The Death of Kings: A Medical History of the Kings and Queens of England by Clifford Brewer last …

October Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… October 1 – Henry III (1207), Bonnie Parker (1910) October 2 – Richard III (1452) October 4 – Louis X (1316), Buster Keaton (1895) …

3 Awesome History Podcasts

Podcasts have never been bigger than right now. The medium is perfect for sharing historical tales and teaching others of heroic feats, great battles and people who have achieved amazing things. These five are just a handful of the history podcasts that deserve to be in your podcast feed. THE HISTORY CHICKS I owe a huge thanks to Beckett and Susan of The History Chicks for …

Mark your calendars! October 13th is Ada Lovelace Day

This year marks the seventh annual Ada Lovelace Day which celebrates women who work within STEM fields. You can learn more about the history of the event here. Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, that is) is known as the world’s first computer programmer. The daughter of Lord Byron (yes, the Lord Byron), Ada was interested in math and science from a very young age. She and …

Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known …

More to Stonehenge than previously thought

Stonehenge has always been one of the most mysterious structures on the planet. New clues have recently been unearthed-clues that might help us find out more about its origins. Excerpt from The Telegraph: First reports of the discovery of a mass of huge stones buried near Stonehenge, appearing to be the remains of another ceremonial structure four times larger, included the tantalising suggestion that it …