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#52: Did a 6th-Century Irishman Really Reach America?

Archeological evidence proves that Leif Ericsson, the Icelandic Viking, arrived in the New World centuries before Columbus. But what if he was in turn beaten by an Irish monk a full five extra centuries. St. Brendan the Navigator is celebrate for his legendary journey...

#51: Emperor Norton I of the United States

Emperor Norton is San Francisco’s original oddball.  In 1859 he proclaimed himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States.” He later expanded his pretense by claiming to be “Protector of Mexico” as well. But rather than get in trouble...

#47: What Is the Biggest Forgery in History?

You probably haven’t heard of the Donation of Constantine. It was a fake letter that represented one of the biggest real estate scams in history. How did an anonymous medieval clergyman try to forge a letter from Emperor Constantine to Pope Sylvester justified...

#46: How Did the Ottoman Imperial Harem Operate?

Nothing fascinated Europeans about the Ottoman Empire quite like the harem. Since no foreigners were permitted to enter it themselves, imaginations ran while about what sort of licentiousness happened behind the doors of Istanbul’s Topkapi palace. But even...
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