An arcane form of punishment that had a thousand-year run

A Medieval painting of Christ crucified. (Public domain)


There are thousands of bad prophecies but this one succeeded where others failed

A contemporary pamphlet detailing the Millerite prophecy. (Public domain)


T-34 tanks lined up for inspection, 1940 (Public domain)

A prolific fighter killed too soon


The not-so-subtle ultimatum that lay behind the atomic bombings of Japan

Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945 (US Army / Public domain)


The uprising that predated the American Revolution by exactly 100 years

A 19th-century engraving of the burning of Jamestown (Public domain)


Soviet troops counterattack at Kursk, 1943 (Mil.ru / CC BY 4.0)

Stunning figures given at the Nuremberg Trials recount the utter violence of WWII


A blast from the past


This name has more characters than Game of Thrones

The Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand (HuttyMcphoo / CC BY-SA 2.5)

The name


Too delicious to resist

Mellat Park, Tehran (Flikr / Wiki Commons)

The (alleged) measurements


A motley crew wearing pilgrim style hats. (Public domain)

How did such a strange style become associated with America’s earliest European settlers?

Grant Piper

Professional freelance writer with an eye for history and storytelling. Ardent believer that history is stranger than fiction.

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