22 Historical Figure Eyebrow-Arching Facts

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There are amazing facts about historical figures that entire industries of publicity people try to keep you from knowing. They may not even be all that sinister or weird, but if they don't fit the public image that the history books are trying to portray, they get swept under a rug made of Non-Disclosure Agreements.

We asked our readers to bring us weird, startling facts about well-known people from the past. The weirdest is below, but first, the runners-up:

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Entry by Kevin King

Abraham Lincoln was a trash-talking wrestler in the army. As a president, Lincoln was a patient leader, but as a young adult, he'd kick your ass. Duri

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Entry by S Peter Davis

The life of celebrated architect FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT was marred by incredibleu TRAGEDY. HIfLIlH In August 1914, YLL he returned home to discover a disg

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Entry by femshep87

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John Wilkes Booth's family was obsessed with the play Julius Caesar CRACH I1:D John's father and elder brother were both named Junius Brutus Booth aft

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Entry by E. J. Diaz

Nicola Tesla was a supporter of eugenics: a set of practices aiming to improve the genetic quality of human race. He thought that the only method was

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Entry by rs1

SAMUEL MORSE, INVENTOR OF THE TELEGRAPH, WAS AN ART SNOB WHO PAINTED A COPY OF THE MONA LISA. Before he invented the telegraph, American Samuel Morse

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Entry by rs1

NAPOLEON: LEADER, STATESMAN, ROMANCE NOVELIST? Before Josephine, before his conquest of Europe, a broken-hearted Napoleon wrote Clisson et Eugenie, a

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Entry by rs1

THE PHILOSOPHER RENE DESCARTES WAS NO SPINELESS EGGHEAD One of the leading figures of the Enlightenment, Rene Descartes was a philosopher, scientist,

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Entry by PollyDarton

Considering he was the founder of a multi-million dollar brand (and every woman ever connected to him was called a 'gold digger) Hef died with a not

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Henry Ford tried to end WWI by sailing to Europe on a Peace Ship. He sailed with a group of pacifists and reporters, planning to convince European s

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Entry by MiaVega

CRACKEDG COM SADDAM HUSSEIN WROTE ROMANCE NOVELS He consulted with professional writers on his works before releasing them under a pen name that trans

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Isaac Newton was a waiter. Until he got an undergraduate scholarship, he waited tables at Cambridge.

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Ray Charles believed that the inability to hear music was more of a handicap than the inability to see, despite being blind himself. Because of this b

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Entry by Andrea Meno

22 Historical Figure Eyebrow-Arching Facts

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Entry by rs1

GALILEO WAS A PRACTICING ASTROLOGER We think of Galileo brilliant as a scientific mind, but in his time, he was also a well-regarded astrol- oger famo

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Entry by femshep87

CRACKEDC COM Marilyn Monroe struggled with stuttering throughout her life.

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

22 Historical Figure Eyebrow-Arching Facts

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Entry by femshep87

Cleopatra is known for being the last pharaoh of Egypt, but she was not actually Egyptian. She was Macedonian. CRACKEDCOMT

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Entry by Busteq

GENERAL GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR WAS FAMED FOR BEING SUCH A LADIES' MAN THAT HIS OWN SOLDIERS OFTEN MARCHED TO THE TUNE OF ROMANS, LOCK UP YOUR WIVES. THE

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Entry by rs1

INSPIRATIONAL UNDERSEA EXPLORER AND FILMMAKER JACQUES COUSTEAU WAS SO FAMILY FRIENDLY THAT HE HAD TWO OF THEM. When Simone, Cousteau's wife of 50 year

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Entry by Busteq

Ernesto Che' Guevara was also nicknamed E/ Chancho The Pig)... Because he seldom bathed.

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Entry by PollyDarton

22 Historical Figure Eyebrow-Arching Facts