Giving new meaning to “blowing shit up.”
Apparently 15th century Morocco had a coven of lesbian witches.
In which your intrepid author is tasked with finding information on an obscure Moroccan coven, and tracks down all there is to know within nine minutes.
Weird History: I'll cut your hair to make my rope
This week in interesting historical anecdotes: 5th century BC - Thasian women cut their hair to make rope for military…
The Tongan Wood King
One of the kings of Tonga was a block of wood. No, really.
Inuit Folk Tales pt 2
Okay, just one more Inuit folk tale. Probably the weirdest in the entire book.
Priss Fotheringham's Novelty Sex Act: "Chucking"
This 17th-century London prostitute collected money - literally - with a pretty novel sex act.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.
This unlikely heroine created her own Woman's Army of 70,000 soldiers through good manners and political savvy - and then used it to overthrow one of China's greatest douchebags.
The greatest ruler of Yemeni history, she defeated her numerous foes to usher the country into its golden age.
Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine
America had Al Capone. Sydney had Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine - who *hated* each other.
Headed a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.