Japanese women were fearsome, and there was never a reservation about women joining men in battle in early Japanese culture. The earliest instance goes back as far as 169 AD when Empress Jingū led an army to avenge her husband’s death.
This article is about a fearless woman who led an all-female battalion into the battle of Aizu and persuaded her sister to sever her head when she was shot so that she would not be paraded as a trophy.
Before the evolution of science, childbirth was an arduous process for women. With the absence of proper medical procedures and the prevalence of unsanitary conditions, many young women succumbed to postpartum diseases.
For example, Jane Seymor, third wife of King Henry VIII, perished giving birth to King Edward VI.
More often than not, ridiculous superstitions and bizarre religious processes made childbirth a herculean task. We might think that with power, influence, and abundance of money in the treasury, women from royalty will be spared from these problems.
But it appears that things were not so rosy for them either. Let us look at the strange birthing rituals that the royal women were forced to go through. …
For the past couple of 20,000 years, we, Homo sapiens, have been reigning the primate throne. Presently, our closest relatives are the chimps, and there is no way that we go around mating with them (I cannot talk for people with fetishes).
But studies show that Homo sapiens had not been alone. Our ancestors had coexisted with other hominins (Homo neanderthalensis, Homo floresiensis, and many others). And knowing our kinky forebearers, it is highly probable that they had mated.
Is it possible for the disparate subspecies to produce offsprings? If yes, what are we? …
When is a person Indiana Jones? If he is an archaeologist, cruising around the world, embarking on adventures, and simultaneously having exotic romances.
What if the person was a woman? Then she would be Gertrude Bell.
Until quite recently I’ve been wholly cut off from [the Shias] because their tenets forbid them to look upon an unveiled woman and my tenets don’t permit me to veil… Nor is it any good trying to make friends through the women — if they were allowed to see me they would veil before me as if I were a man. …
Title. Check. A long list of affairs. Check. Feuds. Check. Flying rumors. Check, check, and check. Why should kings have all the fun?
Here is the queen of Russia, who was so powerful and loved that she was able to overthrow her husband and become the ruler. A queen whose rendezvous was so well known that rumors of her mating with a horse did rounds. A queen whose reign was known as the golden era of Russia.
We have high expectations from Viking kings. For instance, look at Thor (I know he was a myth). That Mjölnir of his did the talking. These Vikings stormed the grounds and ravaged their enemies. But getting bitten by a torsoless head? That is not on the list!
This is the peculiar story of a Viking king who died after being bitten by the head of his wronged opponent.
Everyone loves perfection. We see millions of artists, past and present, who produce images of precision, capturing the reality with canvas, paint, and brush. We applaud the beguilingly realistic smile of Mona Lisa, the life-like portraits of Caravaggio, and many other others who represent realism.
What if paintings could warp the perception? What if they could piece together disparate chunks of reality and make an amalgam that is beautiful despite being an anomaly?
Imagine walking the pavement at about 10 am with your daughter. You are enjoying the weather when you suddenly see two pieces of a mannequin strewn across the pathway. But something is not right. You take a closer look. What you see is straight out of a horror movie.
It is the lifeless body of a young woman, neatly cut in half, all the blood drained. You scream, cover your daughter’s eyes and call the police.
Welcome to the unsolved case of Black Dahlia, aka, Elizabeth Short, one of the oldest unsolved cases from Los Angeles County.