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Ten fascinating events that will occur after the Queen’s passing.

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The Queen has graced the royal throne with her presence since 1952, the longest reign any British monarch has ever had. She has seen over a dozen UK prime ministers, around 20 summer Olympics, and more than half a dozen popes during her reign. She is the cornerstone of the commonwealth, the caretaker of roughly 600 organizations and charities.

Her death will bring about a massive change in the UK, the waves of which will be felt by the entire world since her long reign means that a lot of political treaties and balances hang on her word. …


One of the most famous conjoined twins in modern history.

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Also referred to as Siamese Twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton were conjoined twins born in the early 20th century in England. They were connected at the hip and buttocks. The doctors at the time of their birth said that if they were separated, one or both would die.

If they were born today, I’m sure they would’ve been surgically separated because they were not like most conjoined twins. Both had their own organs and only shared blood circulation.

Daisy and Violet’s mother left them shortly after they were born. The sisters spent their early life being displayed in sideshows. They became quite famous when they moved to the United States. …


The fascinating story of Henry “Box” Brown, the slave who shipped himself to freedom.

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Who would have thought that a black child born in the 19th century in the periphery of Virginia would one day become a symbol of courage, freedom, and resistance?

Even after a decade and a half, his heroism and absolute determination serve as a torch for countless souls suffering at the hand of their fellow human beings.

He escaped the reins of slavery by hatching a daring plan that later culminated in his freedom. He is known to the world as Henry “Box” Brown.

Who was Henry Brown?

Henry Brown was born into slavery in 1815 in Louisa County, Virginia. …


Pakistan International Airlines Flight 404 has been lost in the skies for 32 years.

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Airplanes are marvelous pieces of technology. They most definitely come on the list of things that no one could have even dreamed to be possible.

If you asked a man 300 years ago about people that fly in the sky use an aircraft, he would have answered, “witches and demons.”

Passenger aircraft are huge and magnificent birds, cruising the skies and delivering people to their destinations quicker than any other mode of transportation.

Thus, it would be fair to assume that planes do not take off from the airport one day and then decide to disappear in the skies.

Sadly, though, this is what happened with flight PK-404. The Fokker F27 airplane vanished a short time after it went airborne on 25th August 1989, 7:36 AM. …


A 1500-year-old love story of how a Persian Prince married a Korean Princess questions the way we have viewed the past.

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The Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses more than a thousand years before the first European adventurer even set foot in Korea. This comes as a surprising and unbelievable reveal, as it was popularly believed that the Persians in 500 AD knew nothing about the existence of Korea.

Much to the surprise of the historians who made the discovery, they found out that the nations were intertwined with each other. A re-examination of this magnanimous tale, written in about 500 AD, might have just brought new evidence to light, which could completely change the way we have viewed the past. …


Nefertiti, The Ruler of the Nile disappeared without a trace.

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When we talk of Egypt, we talk of a time that is ancient and yet does not fail to impress and affect us today. We marvel at the fact that they managed to reach the height of civilization and managed to construct gigantic pyramids with ingenious methods when the rest of the world was extremely backward and technologically crippled.

The true sense of feminism also developed in Egypt, the only place in ancient history to have a solid basis for it. The wife of the Pharaoh was as respected and revered as the Pharaoh himself, and we all know the story of Cleopatra, the infamous and beautiful Queen of Egypt who achieved heights of power that were impossible for any other woman to achieve until the modern world order came. …


More than 40,000 different types of candy bars were being made in the U.S. after the Great War.

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Being part of the most common consumer goods, Candy bars represent the epitome of confectionary perfection. From young kids thriving on candies to adults with a sweet tooth, everyone likes to consume chocolate and saccharine candy bars.

Their emergence on the consumer landscape, however, can be traced back to western military history. It was during world war I that chocolate became part of the rations used by European soldiers.

As the American military entered the war, they also acquired the trend of using chocolates in their military rations. Subsequently, the soldiers got accustomed to the sweet taste of chocolate and brought their confectionary likings home. …


Phryne continues to inspire the world through her tale of defiance and independence.

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Phryne the thespian was perhaps one of the most acclaimed and desired Athenian courtesans in ancient Greece. Her unparalleled beauty, astute intelligence, and acerbic wit inspired countless intellectual works by famous Greek writers and artists like Athenaeus and Praxiteles.

Phryne’s real name was Mnesarete but she was given the misnomer of Phryne (which meant “toad”) because of her flawless yellowish complexion. Phryne is, however, most renowned for a court case she won by revealing her breasts.

Phryne’s story

While Phryne was born in Thespiae in around 371 BC, she spent most of her life in the Greek city of Athens. …


Neaera was forced to work as a prostitute all her teenage and adult life.

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No one is a stranger to the stories of ancient Greece and Rome today; they crowd our television and cinema screens, stories of gods and demi-gods, titans and monsters fighting each other to the death.

Some of the biggest names in philosophy like Plato and Aristotle were connected to the famous School of Athens, with great mathematicians like Pythagoras and Archimedes also hailing from Greece.

The picture we see upfront is of a highly civilized society that existed before the advent of Christ and had some moral and scientific lessons for humanity that are still passed down today because of the virtue of their usefulness. …


Menstruation became a symbol of defiance and struggle for the women who bore violence during the Holocaust.

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Holocaust remains one of the most repulsive acts of coordinated violence against an entire community of people. This atrocious genocide of millions of Jews in Europe at the hands of Nazi Germany is etched in our collective memory; it is a grim reminder of the inhumane violence that humans are capable of inflicting on other humans.

Historians and political scientists have also ensured that the world remains cognizant of the struggles and sufferings of the Jews who were victimized by the Nazi regime. …

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