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6 Infamous Impostors

From a murderer who claimed he was a Rockefeller to a woman who passed as a male soldier during the U.S. Civil War, get the story behind six of history’s most fascinating phonies.

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10 Famous Elephants From History

Whether revered as a divine symbol of luck and wisdom, used as unique tools of diplomacy between leaders, deployed to intimidate opposing armies or put on display in the service of status or science, elephants have loomed large in the historical record.

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10 Things You May Not Know About John Dillinger

Below, learn 10 surprising facts about the short and infamous life of the man the authorities branded “Public Enemy No. 1.”

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6 Vicious Rivalries

From warring paleontologists to a pair of dueling founding fathers, explore six of history’s fiercest rivalries.

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6 Famous Castaways

Explore six incredible stories of people who were stranded in unforgiving territory and lived to tell the tale.

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6 Early Amusement Parks

Take a trip through six of history’s most enchanting and influential amusement parks.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Praetorian Guard

Equal parts secret service, special forces and urban administrators, Rome’s Praetorian Guard was one of the ancient world’s most prestigious military units.

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The Fascinating Stories Behind 8 Famous Photos

Get the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic photos, from the flag-raising on Iwo Jima to the day Elvis met Nixon.

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6 Legendary Mercenary Armies

Get the facts on six of history’s most infamous and influential private armies.

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6 Things You May Not Know About the Magna Carta

Check out six fascinating facts about the Great Charter’s story and its significance.

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6 Famous Places that Never Existed

From a fabled Christian empire in Asia to a supposed lost kingdom in Canada, find out more about six of the most influential lands that never were.

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5 Famous WWII Covert Operations

From the spy that never was to a band of Nazi impostors, learn the stories behind five of the boldest and most bizarre special operations carried out during World War II.