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The Heart-Melting Story Of Wojtek, The Soldier Bear
 
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The tale is bizarre, but true. During World War II, an orphaned brown bear went from being a cuddly pet to an officially enlisted soldier in the Polish army, and reportedly saw fierce combat in Italy. Decades after the war and his death, "Wojtek" continues to be honored. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Heart Breaking Story of Real-Life Christopher Robin
 
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Millions of readers throughout the world have grown up with the stories and verses of A. A. Milne; have envied Christopher Robin in his enchanted world; laughed at Pooh—a bear of very little brain—and worried about Piglet and his problems. But what was it like to be the small boy with the long hair, smock and wellington boots? Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Life Of Princess Margaret, Queen Elisabeth's Young Sister
 
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Long before we were all obsessed with Meghan Markle, another royal stood in the glaring spotlight. Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret spent all of her life in her sister’s shadow, and as a result, she made sure to shine as brightly as possible. A party girl with a naughty streak, Princess Margaret was the first royal to have a televised wedding — and she was also the first royal in nearly a century to go through a divorce. These dark secrets about Princess Margaret’s life will leave you breathless... Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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What Really Happened To Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov?
 
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Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Along with her parents and young siblings, Anastasia was captured and executed during the Bolshevik Revolution. She is still well-known for the mystery that surrounded her death for decades. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Crazy True Story Behind Stockholm Syndrome
 
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The term «Stockholm syndrome» explains the irrational feelings of hostages to their captors. It all started with a bank robbery in Stockholm. On 23 August 1973, convict Jan-Erik Olsson was on leave from the prison. He walked into a bank with a submachine gun. Olsson fired several shots at the ceiling and announced the robbery. He took four bank workers hostage. The robber demanded 3,000,000 Swedish kronor, a getaway car, and the release of another prisoner, Clark Olofsson. Clark Olofsson served a sentence for an armed robbery and murder of a policeman. Within hours, the police delivered Olofsson, money, and blue Ford Mustang. The robbers demanded to leave the place with hostages. It was the only way for them to ensure their safety. But the police refused to let them go with the hostages. For the next six days, robbers looked for the way to get away. Entire Sweden worried about the captives. But the hostages felt totally safe near the captors and even supported them. Later, they described that the abductors were mostly nice to them. Olsson gave a wool jacket to the hostage Kristin Enmark when she began to shiver. He also gave her a bullet from his gun as a souvenir. He encouraged another captive to call her family. When she couldn’t reach them he told her, «Try again, don’t give up». Hostage Elisabet Oldgren suffered from claustrophobia. So the captors let her walk outside with a 30-foot rope. They called each other on a first name. The captives started to fear the police more than the abductors. One of the hostages called the Prime Minister of Sweden and asked him to let the robbers go. The hostages felt sympathetic to the abductors even when they were threatened with physical harm. Olsson threatened to shot in the leg of a hostage to shake up the police. On the sixth day, the police decided to act. They pumped tear gas into the vault and abductors surrendered. Hostages continued to defend the two. They refused to go out of the vault first. When the captors were imprisoned the ex-hostages visited them and sent them letters. Warm feelings between the abductors and the hostages surprised the police and the nation. After months of examination, the theory of the Stockholm Syndrome appeared. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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How A Factory Girl Norma Jeane Became Marilyn Monroe
 
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Before Marilyn Monroe, there was Norma Jeane Mortenson: a curly-haired brunette who never imagined she would be more than a housewife. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Why Victorian Mothers Hid In Photos With Their Kids
 
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In the late 1800s, a photograph required about 30 seconds of exposure time to take. So anyone sitting for a portrait had to be able to sit still for at least a minute or so. Kids, of course, found this difficult, so some parents, in order to get pics of their brood, sat for the portrait with their children but tried to pretend like they weren’t in the picture by using various disguises and hiding spots — in curtains, under blankets, behind chairs, and more… Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Sad Story Of Typhoid Mary Imprisoned For Life On the Quarantine Island
 
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Typhoid fever is a particularly nasty infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi. The infection causes malaise, abdominal pain, a rash, diarrhoea or constipation, and in severe cases can result in intestinal bleeding and death. A somewhat unusual aspect of typhoid fever is that not everyone infected with it develops symptoms. Certain people that contract it remain entirely asymptomatic, but although unaffected themselves, they can still transmit the disease to others. No name is more synonymous with the disease than that of Mary Mallon, better known as ‘Typhoid Mary’, the first identified typhoid carrier in the United States. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Life And Murder Of The Famous Lobster Boy
 
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The Stiles family had claws-like hands for generations. They performed in the circus as The Lobster Family. But they gained fame because of their son, Grady Stiles. He was an abusive drinker and murderer. Grady, as everybody in his family, was born with a rare medical condition - ectrodactyly. Fingers on his hands and legs looked like claws. Because of this, he couldn’t walk and spent all his life in the wheelchair. He started to perform in the circus at the age of 7 as The Lobster Boy. Unlike other circus artists, Stiles’ family didn’t do any tricks. They were just a subject of curious glances. When Grady grew up, he fell in love with another circus worker. Mary Teresa was a teenager who ran away to join the circus. She didn’t have any mutations. The two married and got children. But their relationship was far from perfect. The Lobster Boy developed a great deal of upper body strength because of the wheelchair. He managed to pull himself across the floor. That became a problem when Grady started abusing alcohol. Quite soon, he started to beat his wife and children. That lasted for years until in one of the fights Grady ripped her IUD with his bare hands. Mary divorced him promptly. Grady remarried, but his second wife divorced him too. The Lobster Man controlled the life of all his children. In 1978, his eldest daughter, Donna, got engaged. Grady didn’t approve her choice. In a day before the wedding, he killed her fiancé. Grady confessed to the crime. But he pointed out that he couldn’t be jailed. No jail in the USA could handle his disability. That was true - the jails at that time were not well-equipped. So he was set free with 15 years probation. Escaping prison made The Lobster man feel that he could do anything with no consequences. But he stopped drinking and, in 1989, his first wife decided to marry him again. Drinking and abuse started quite soon. The family decided to act - they hired a neighbor to kill The Lobster Man. In 1992, Grady Stiles was killed while he watched television. Mary, her son Harry, and the neighbor Wyant were found guilty. In the court, Mary claimed that she tried to save her children. She got 12 years in prison, the neighbor - 27 years, her son Harry was sentenced to life. At the funeral of Grady Stiles, nobody wanted to be the pallbearer. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Sad Story Of America’s First Supermodel Who Ended Up Living In Asylum
 
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She’s considered America’s first supermodel. But she died alone after 65 years in an asylum. Audrey Munson was born in Rochester, New York in 1891. She wanted to be an actress as a little girl. At 17, she moved to New York with her mother to pursue her dream. One day, Audrey was window-shopping on Fifth Avenue. That’s when she was spotted by photographer Felix Benedict Herzog. He was so fascinated by her beauty he asked her to sit for him in his studio. Herzog also introduced her to the art world. Her first major job was posing for sculptor Isidore Konti. It was him who first suggested she pose naked. Though Audrey’s mum was hesitant, she was eventually convinced by Konti’s words. The collaboration resulted in a statuary Three Graces. All of them were inspired by her. Shortly after that, Munson became a model in high demand. She posed for painters and illustrators as well, but most of her colleagues were carvers. Fountains, columns, and relief panels all over New York featured her image. Citizens started calling her Miss Manhattan. In 1915, she participated in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Audrey modeled for three-fifths of the sculptures created for the fair. The event earned her the nickname Panama-Pacific Girl. That same year, she made her film debut in Inspiration. She played a sculptor’s model, becoming the first actress in America to appear nude in a film. Munson starred in a few more controversial pictures before returning to her primary job. Being an advocate for women artists, she refused to stay in her male counterparts’ shadow. In 1921, she authored a series of articles about a model’s crucial role in the artistic process. She disclosed unequal pay and the difference in attitude towards actresses and posers. Soon Audrey’s luck ran out. She got caught up in a string of scandals. She filed a suit against a producer when she received an invalid check for her role in a movie. In another incident, her landlord killed his wife claiming to have done it to marry Munson. Since then, she struggled to find work. She attempted suicide in 1922. Audrey finally ended up in St. Lawrence State Hospital for the Insane in 1931. She remained there for the next 65 years. She died in 1996 aged 104. Once known as American Venus, she was buried in an unmarked grave. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Story Of Adolf Hitler's Favorite Little Girl
 
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Helga was the oldest of Goebbels’ six children and notably his favorite. Goebbels was proud of his eldest daughter. She was reported to have been a lovely baby who never cried and just sat listening uncomprehendingly to the Nazi officials with “her blue eyes sparkling”. It was not unusual for Hitler, who was fond of children, to take her on to his own lap while he talked late into the night. Unfortunately, Helga and all her siblings suffered Hitler's fate.. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Heartbreaking Story Of The Real-Life Pocahontas
 
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Despite what many people believe due to longstanding and inaccurate accounts in history books and movies such as Disney’s Pocahontas, the true story of Pocahontas is not one of a young Native Powhatan woman with a raccoon friend. The true story of Pocahontas is a tale of tragedy and heartbreak. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Disneyland's Opening Day Was a Total Nightmare They Called "Black Sunday"
 
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Disneyland was supposed to be the “Happiest Place on Earth”. But its opening turned it into a total disaster! Walt Disney dreamed of a theme park with a real-life version of his films. It took him one year and one day to build the park. His dream cost $17 million. Disneyland opened its doors on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California. This day was an “invite only” and wasn’t meant for public visits. Tickets were mailed out to special guests, the press, and celebrities. But tickets were counterfeited and crowds of people flooded the park. There were two times as many people as was expected. Tickets cost only $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. One man set up a ladder outside of the fence and took $5 to sneak into the park. The freeway that led to the park was blocked by the traffic for 11 km. People were trapped in the cars for so long they were urinating in the parking lot. Disneyland was still under construction on an opening day. The workers were painting walls and planting trees. Weeds had yet to be removed from the riverbanks. Some rides were out of work because they were not finished. There were plenty of water fountains but they didn’t work. The reason was a plumbers’ strike right before the opening. There were not enough hours to finish both restrooms and water fountains. Restaurants were out of food and beverages within hours because of an unexpected crowd. The weather was so hot that fresh asphalt was melting. People had their shoes and heels stuck in the pavement. During the first weeks after opening a ride was permanently closed. It was discovered it could flip over if it was too top-heavy. 36 cars in Autopia crashed due to aggressive driving. Though they were designed to teach children the rules of the road. The Mark Twain Riverboat sank after carrying about 500 people on an opening day. Some attractions were closed for a few hours due to a gas leak. Flames from the leak almost engulfed Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The live broadcast of the Disneyland opening also faced some difficulties. Faulty miscues, on-air flubs, hot mics were part of the shooting. The opening day was called Black Sunday but still, it was a memorable day. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Woman Who Said NO And Defied Terrible Italian Tradition
 
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In 1966, Franca Viola became the first Italian woman to refuse to marry her kidnapper and totally changed centuries-long Italian tradition. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Life Of Robert Wadlow, The World's Tallest Man Ever
 
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Robert Wadlow was the tallest man to ever live, and though his life was cut tragically short, it was full of excitement worthy of the "gentle giant." Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Disturbing History Of Shirley Temple, Baby Superstar
 
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Old Hollywood used to be a living hell. The actress Shirley Temple who started to film at the age of three is proof of it. Her first credited role was in the Baby Burlesks. It was a series of short films where popular movies were satirized. Children in those films played adults. Shirley later described the show as «cynical exploitation of our childish innocence». Children worked a lot for small salaries. Shirley was made to work after an operation and dance with an injured foot. For those who misbehaved there was a «punishment box». Children were forced to sit on the block of ice to «cool off». After the debut, Shirley’s career quickly took off. She signed up a contract with Fox. At that time, the film studio was on the brink of bankruptcy. Shirley’s appearance saved Fox. And she became an America’s sweetheart. Between 1935 and 1938, she was the top box office star. The 9-year-old girl beat Clark Gable. People loved her adorable smile and curly hair. But her childhood was passing quickly. So studio milked maximum from her. Before the age of 22, she filmed in 55 movies. Her working conditions weren’t that great. To make her cry, the director was usually telling her that her mother had been kidnapped. A lot of rumors encircled her. The novelist Graham Greene described the 8-year-old girl as a sex object. Shirley and the studio sued him, but he wasn’t the only one. The main danger for the young actress were producers. In her autobiography, Shirley described harassment. One of the producers exposed himself to her when she was 13. Another tried to assault her. But as Shirley described it, it had little influence on her future life. When Shirley got older, her golden hair turned brown. And she became a common teenager. Her films weren’t that popular anymore. She finished her career at the age of 22. Shirley became a loving mother and started work as an ambassador. She was one of the child stars who did not self-destruct through alcohol, drugs, or sex. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Wild Real Story Of Bonnie And Clyde
 
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Possibly the most famous and most romanticized criminals in American history, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two young Texans whose early 1930s crime spree forever imprinted them upon the national consciousness. Their names have become synonymous with an image of Depression-era chic, a world where women chomped cigars and brandished automatic rifles, men robbed banks and drove away in squealing automobiles, and life was lived fast because it would be so short. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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A Woman LOCKED In The Attic For 25 YEARS Just For Falling In Love
 
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Blanche Monnier was found in a tiny room covered in the vermin and her own filth. She was locked there for 25 years by her mother. Her mother didn’t like Blanche’s choice of husband and decided to punish her daughter. In 1901, the attorney general of Paris received a strange note. It said that the Monniers were keeping a person locked in a room against his will. The Monniers were a wealthy family and had a spotless reputation. Madam Monnier was known for her charitable work. Her son, Marcel, was a respectable lawyer. But the attorney general decided to investigate the case. The police made a search in the Monniers’ house but found nothing. Then they noticed a putrid smell coming from upstairs. They discovered a locked door. They smashed the lock and broke in. The room was small and black. The only window was shuttered closed. The smell was so unbearable that a policeman broke the window. The officers saw an emaciated woman chained to the bed. She was surrounded by rotten scraps of food and dirt. Insects were covering her bed and her body. She weighed about 22 kilograms. It was Blanche Monnier who had been living in such conditions for 25 years. Blanche was immediately taken to the hospital. Doctors said that she was quite lucid. 25 years earlier, Blanche fell in love with a poor lawyer who was much older than her. Her mother was against her choice and wanted her to wed a wealthy aristocrat. When Blanche refused to find another suiter, her mother locked her in the room. Blanche’s mother decided to keep her daughter there until she changed her mind. Years were passing by but Blanche remained firm in her decision. Even when her beloved one died she was still locked in the room. Neither her brother nor the servants tried to help her. It was never revealed who wrote the letter to the attorney general. Some believed it was a servant. According to another version, it was Blanche’s brother, Marcel. Blanche’s mother was arrested but she died of a heart attack 15 days later. Marcel was sentenced to 15 months in prison but then released. He proved that he never physically restricted his sister’s movement. Blanche lived in a French sanitarium till her death in 1913. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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True Story Of Tiny Yorkie Who Saved 250 US Soldiers
 
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Dogs have been a part of warfare since the beginning of history. What people usually envisage is a German Shepherd or some other trusty and above all sizeable canine companion – probably not a 4 pound (1.8 kg) female Yorkshire terrier! The terrier, Smoky, indeed proved that size is not everything and that even the smallest of creatures can be brave. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Terrifying Secret Of a Girl Who Was Found Adrift At Sea In 1961
 
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In November 1961, a young girl was discovered adrift, alone, in the waters of the Bahamas. For over fifty years she had been keeping a secret of what happened to her family during the cruise. And only in 2010 she revealed the terrifying story... Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Sad Lives Of The Conjoined Hilton Sisters
 
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Daisy and Violet Hilton were, at one point, the world’s most famous twins. They faced many challenges and problems in their lives, and luckily they were able to overcome each one! However, their lives were cut short in the most tragic manner. This is the heartbreaking story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Unconventional Love Story Of Stephen And Jane Hawking
 
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Stephen Hawking met Jane Wilde in 1962 during his degree program in Cambridge. They immediately fell in love. One day of 1963 Stephen fell off the stairs and couldn't get up on his feet. Eventually, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Doctors told him, he has only two more years to live. After this prognosis, Hawking fell into deep depression. Despite everything Jane was always by his side.. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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How An Indian Servant Became Queen Victoria’s Closest Friend
 
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Queen Victoria’s closest friend in her final years… was actually a young servant from India. In 1887, the newly-minted Empress of India celebrated her Golden Jubilee. As a “gift from India”, she received two waiters. One of them was Abdul Karim, a 24-year-old clerk from Agra. He’s had a crash course in English language and manners shortly before arriving in Britain. He served the Queen and helped her interact with Indian dignitaries at the banquet. Victoria was fascinated by her new attendant from the very start. She described him as dutiful, “tall, and with a fine serious countenance”. One day Karim treated her to chicken curry with dal and pilau. The Queen loved the dish so much that it was added to her regular menu. The communication between them was stiff, and she asked him to teach her Urdu. Karim’s English lessons were also doubled. Soon they were able to correspond without any intermediaries. Though the Queen treated him well, Karim was not used to menial work. Far from home, he felt like “a sojourner in a strange land and among a strange people”. He wanted to return to India, so Victoria had to come up with something to keep him. Just a year after his arrival, he was promoted to “Munshi”, the Queen’s personal teacher. The court was angry and terrified by such a rapid career advancement. Not only Karim was of the lower class, but he was also of a different race. He traveled with Victoria and was allowed to leave for India a couple of times. His father got a pension and his former employer a promotion upon his request. The Munshi was given residences at the main royal estates in the UK and back in Agra. His wife joined him in Britain and regularly had tea with the Queen herself. He enjoyed the best opera seats and was even moved to John Brown’s bedchamber. Brown was the Queen’s previous servant and favorite who died in 1883. In 1895, Karim was decorated as a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire. Victoria commissioned numerous portraits of her confidant. She signed her letters to him with kisses and as “your closest friend” and “your loving mother”. Though they did spend a night alone at a Scottish cottage, they were never lovers. When the Queen died in 1901, he was the last to see her body before her casket was closed. After that, Karim was expelled from the court and returned to India. Victoria’s letters to him were burnt in front of him by the new king’s order. Her heirs made sure no trace of the Munshi could be found. But his diary survived. His story became widely known nearly a century after his death in 1909. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Story Behind Queen Elizabeth II’s Marriage
 
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The marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is the longest of any British sovereign. They are together more than 70 years already. They knew each other from childhood. In fact, Elizabeth and Philip are cousins. They are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. They have met for the first time when she was 8 years old and he was 13. Elizabeth fell in love with Philip 5 years later. It was their second meeting. Elizabeth visited the British naval academy and Philip was training there. He was her tour-guide. Philip was charming and confident. But the young man didn’t pay her any special attention as she was too young. They’ve started corresponding but for Philip that was just friendship. Princess kept a photo of Philip by her bed. The courtship seriously started after WWII. Philip wasn’t the best match for the future Queen. He was the prince of Greece and Denmark. But his family was exiled from Greece and had no fortune or lands. Nevertheless, they engaged when Elizabeth was 20. Her father King George VI asked to keep relationships in secret until Elizabeth’s 21 birthday. The king and his wife worried that their daughter was too young to marry. They also didn’t like Philip - he was called a bit rough. But the two never wavered and they married in November 1947. To marry Elizabeth Philip had to give up the royal titles of his birth. The first years after the wedding were relatively normal for them. Prince Philip was stationed in Malta with the Royal Navy. Elizabeth lived the life of naval wife: she went shopping, sightseeing, and gossiped. King George VI died when Elizabeth was 25 years old. She was coronated in 1953 and Philip was the first to swear allegiance to the new queen. After a few years, she granted him the title of a Prince of the United Kingdom. He became a consort of the queen. Elizabeth and Philip have four children, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Not So Romantic Story Of The Most Iconic Kiss
 
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Many of you have seen the iconic image of a sailor sweeping a nurse off her feet while they get lost in a kiss. We have all at some point in our lives looked at this picture in awe as we admire the two love birds celebrating the U.S. victory over Japan, also known as V-J Day. It is one of the most enduring photos from the 20th century, signifying the end of World War II. But many of us have wondered – who is this sailor and his beloved nurse? It turns out there is a little more to the story than we thought. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Secret Pages of Anne Frank's Diary FOUND
 
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Researchers found two pages covered with adhesive brown paper. They were scanned and deciphered. The text which was found beneath the paper amazed everybody. These pages were hidden in Anna Franke’s diary. Anne wrote this text while she was hiding from the Nazis. Anne was born in a Jewish family in 1929, in Germany. Four years later, Hitler came to power and the Nazis started persecuting the Jews. Anne’s father moved to Amsterdam and established a successful business. A year later, Anne joined her father. In 1940, the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. In two years they deported more than 100,000 Jews to extermination camps. Anne’s family hid in the attic apartment. They left a false trail suggesting they had fled to Switzerland. The entrance to the apartment was hidden behind a movable bookcase. Employees brought them food and news risking their lives. Later, the Franks were joined by their friends. They lived in constant fear and never went outside. Anne wrote down her thoughts and feelings in her diary. She addressed it to an imaginary friend, Kitty. In 1944, the Franks were discovered by the Gestapo. The family was transported to concentration camps. All members died except Anne’s father. He returned to Amsterdam and found Anna’s diary which was first published in 1947. Anne’s diary is one of the most read books about the Holocaust. She shared her thoughts about war, humanity and her own identity. But the hidden pages also contained 'dirty' jokes and 'sexual matters'. Anne started writing on September 28, 1942. She wrote about her changing body and sexual curiosity. She called a girl’s first period. Anne was quite aware of such topics as prostitution. Altogether the two pages contained four dirty jokes and 33 lines about sexual matters. It is unclear why Anne covered up these pages. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Incredible Story Of A Tiny But Crazy Brave Soldier
 
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One of the most decorated American soldiers...was a tiny young man named Audie Murphy. He was born to a sharecropper family in Texas in 1924. His father left, and his mother died when he was 17. As one of twelve children, he dropped out of school early to support his siblings. He hunted for food and worked as a cotton picker. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, Audie wanted to serve his country. The Navy and the Marines turned him down due to his age and size. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall and he weighed just 112 pounds. He enlisted in the Army the following year after his sister forged his affidavit. Murphy was sent to North Africa, and then to Italy and France. He first saw combat in Sicily and proved to be a great fighter. Beginning as a private, he rose to the rank of second lieutenant. On January 26, 1945, his unit was near the French town of Holtzwihr. He had 19 soldiers left in his company when they were attacked by 250 German troops. Audie ordered his men to fall back while he stayed and called in an artillery strike. Their tank destroyers were in flames, but machine guns on them were operational. He climbed up the burning vehicle and opened fire against the Nazis. He held them off for an hour, single-handedly killing 50 enemy soldiers. He was exposed to gunners all along and his leg was wounded. Murphy was promoted to first lieutenant and awarded Medal of Honor. It was just one of 37 decorations he received from the US, France, and Belgium. Upon return from the war, Audie appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Young and good-looking, he was spotted by movie producers. He starred in more than 40 films over the next 20 years. In 1955, he played himself in To Hell and Back, an adaptation of his memoir. Though he was a star, he was unable to rid himself of the horrors of war. Audie suffered from nightmares which led to insomnia and depression. He slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow and got addicted to sleeping pills. He spoke out about his problems to highlight the importance of special care for veterans. Murphy died tragically in a plane crash in 1971. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Reporter Who Locked Herself In An Asylum And Revealed The Shocking Truth
 
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Is it hard to simulate insanity? Brave journalist Nellie Bly was the first who proved it is not. And the conditions in an asylum for mentally ill shocked her. Nellie Bly was a pioneer of investigative journalism. She was born in 1864 and, unlike other women, wanted to have a career. Nellie became a journalist, but she didn’t want to write about fashion and gardening. She preferred to write about politics and human rights. Nellie Bly was famous for working undercover. One of her tasks was to inspect a mental hospital. There were stories about terrible conditions in the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. However, there were no proofs - nobody ever got back from the asylum. Nellie decided to stay in the hospital for 10 days. Her editor promised to help her to get out of there. She was afraid, that it would be hard for her to act insane. And doctors with their experience would reveal that she wasn’t mentally ill. She practiced making «crazy faces» in her mirror. Nellie stopped washing and brushing her teeth. The next day she started to play insanity in a woman’s boarding house. Quite soon, her nervous behavior disturbed other women and they called for the doctor. Nellie Bly met with several doctors and convinced them that she was incurable. They asked her some questions, but as Nellie wrote later, it meant nothing. They were already sure that the woman is insane and nothing could be done. She was sent to the hospital. Where she got back to normal behavior. But the more sanely she talked the crazier she was thought to be. The conditions in the hospital were terrifying. Women were given barely edible food - old and dirty bread, spoiled meat. The bath was icy cold. Women were given short blankets, so they froze all night long. Doctors were uncaring and nurses were cruel. Women could be beaten for any misbehavior. Uncontrollable women were just tied up. No therapeutic activities were conducted. Patients were forced to sit for several hours on the bench without moving or talking. Nellie met a lot of women who weren’t mentally ill. Mostly they were poor or didn’t speak English to prove that they were sane. The asylum became a prison for them. After 10 days, anxious and depressed Nellie Bly was released. She wrote a book about the 10 days in the asylum. That was a hit, and a grand jury launched an investigation. But when the investigators came, the hospital staff tried to cover up the truth. The hospital became cleaner, fresh bread was added. Women who talked with a journalist were moved to other hospitals. The grand jury recommended increasing the budget of the hospitals. The articles of Nellie Bly made a change. And she overnight became a famous journalist. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Story Of A Man Who Was Both A Dwarf And A Giant
 
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Believe it or not, but Adam Rainer was both a dwarf and a giant at the same time. It’s unclear if Adam Rainer, whose height was less than 5 feet when he was 21 years, ever wished that he’d grow taller. But if he did, his story would be the anecdotal epitome of the expression “be careful what you wish for.” Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Einstein's Brain Was Stolen And Chopped Up Into Tiny Pieces
 
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Way back in April 18, 1955, Albert Einstein – the world’s most revolutionary theoretical physicist, the man whose discoveries sent shockwaves through the scientific community – passed away, at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey. Shortly after the autopsy was carried out at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey, the pathologist on duty – one Dr Thomas Harvey – decided to essentially steal Einstein’s brain.. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Japanese Soldier Who Kept Fighting 29 Years After WWII
 
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For 29 years after the conflict had ended, Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda hid out in the jungles and continued waging a war that was long over with. He simply did not believe the war was over! Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Only British Monarch Who Gave Up His Throne For Love
 
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King Edward VIII did something that monarchs do not have the luxury of doing — he fell in love. King Edward was in love with Mrs. Wallis Simpson, not only an American but also a married woman already once divorced. However, in order to marry the woman he loved, King Edward was willing to give up the British throne — and he did, on December 10, 1936. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Story Of Myrtle Corbin, The Real Four Legged Girl
 
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Myrtle Corbin was known as the Four-Legged Woman – however, that moniker was slightly misleading. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress only one pair actually belonged to her. The other set belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Sad True Story Of Elvis Presley's Death
 
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From his first appearance in 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis Presley embodied rock and roll. His career spawned hit after hit and elevated a simple country boy to the most popular musician on the planet. Presley sold millions of records and sold out concerts to screaming fans. But behind the scenes, Presley was a deeply troubled man. As the years went by, he sunk into opiate addiction and neglected his health. He would die at just 42. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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What Happened To 4 Children Who Were SOLD By Their Own Mother
 
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This iconic photo first appeared in the The Vidette-Messenger of Valparaiso, Indiana on August 5, 1948. The children looked posed and a bit confused as their pregnant mother hides her face from the photographer. The caption read: "A big ‘For Sale’ sign in a Chicago yard mutely tells the tragic story of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux, who face eviction from their apartment. With no place to turn, the jobless coal truck driver and his wife decide to sell their four children. Mrs. Lucille Chalifoux turns her head from camera above while her children stare wonderingly. On the top step are Lana, 6, and Rae, 5. Below are Milton, 4, and Sue Ellen, 2." Watch this video to see what has happened to these children after. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Shoe Wars: The Enemy Brothers Who Founded ADIDAS and PUMA
 
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Puma and Adidas, two highly successful companies. A person without any knowledge of these brands is kind of hard to come across. They’re found on the clothes of celebrities and the feet of professional sports players. But very few are aware that the creators of Puma and Adidas have a secret but intimate link between each other -- they’re brothers! Adolf and Rudolf Dassler’s family feud was taken to their graves.. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Untold Story of JFK's Sister And Her Brutal Lobotomy
 
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For years, Rosemary Kennedy's story was kept a secret after her lobotomy was botched, leaving her unable to walk or talk. And eventually, the family's dark secret was revealed! Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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World's Greatest Miser According To The Guinness Book of Records
 
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Hetty Green, known as the "wealthiest woman in America”, was so stingy she took her injured son to a free clinic and so paranoid that she slept holding a gun, a chain of bank-deposit keys around her waist. When she died, she was worth almost $200m (today $4.5bn). She had estimated $100m in cash and more than 6,000 assets, including railways, hotels, churches and cemeteries. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Shocking Story Of Lina Medina, a 5-Year-Old Girl, Who Gave Birth
 
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In 1939, a healthy young girl named Lina Medina gave birth to an equally healthy baby boy. The only noteworthy detail about this event was the mother's age: she was five years old! Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Sad Life Of Schlitzie, The Sideshow "Pinhead"
 
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Schlitzie had the mental capacity of a 3-year-old even in his adulthood. He could only speak in short sentences and phrases. Dressed as a girl, he performed in various sideshows throughout his life. Schlitzie had a rare condition called microcephaly. It causes deformation of a brain, skull, and body. The disease can lead to epilepsy, learning disabilities, and issues with hearing and vision. Most sources agree that Schlitzie was born in 1901. But many argue about his real name. It could be Simon Metz or Shlitze Surtees. It is believed that Schlitzie was born in a wealthy family but he was abandoned. Then, he changed many foster parents. In circuses, Schlitzie was billed as “The Monkey Girl” and “The Last of the Aztecs”. He performed as a female wearing dresses on stage. Dresses made it easier for his handlers to take care of him as he suffered from incontinence. Schlitzie’s fame skyrocketed in 1932 when he appeared in the film Freaks. This movie was about love and betrayal in a circus. It is well-known for featuring a number of real sideshow freaks, like Schlitzie. The movie was highly criticized for its grotesque horror involving the freaks. The Hollywood Reporter called it an outrageous onslaught upon the feelings, the senses, the brains and the stomachs of an audience. One woman wanted to sue MGM claiming that the movie caused a miscarriage. Despite all the negativity around the film, Schlitzie became a star. He was cute and innocent always charming people around him. In 1936, a chimp trainer George Surtees adopted Schlitzie. Surtees loved Schlitzie and took care of him until Surtees’ death in 1965. Surtees’ daughter sent Schlitzie to a mental hospital in Los Angeles. He stayed there for three years. Schlitzie missed circus life and his health began to decline. A sword swallower Bill Unks recognized Schlitzie during his performance in the hospital. Unks lobbied the hospital to make him Schlitzie’s caregiver. The hospital allowed Schlitzie to return to sideshows. He performed a few times with the Dobritch International Circus. Schlitzie retired in Los Angeles. Despite his fame, he didn’t have a home or a fortune. In retirement Schlitzie still entertained people by feeding pigeons and ducks at the park. He died in 1971, at the age of 70. Schlitzie was buried in a simple unmarked grave. But in 2007, a fan raised money to install a proper headstone. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Woman Who Escaped The Titanic, Britannic, And Olympic Disasters
 
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The Violet Jessop story is an incredible tale of survival. Who was Violet Jessop? She was a survivor of THREE ship disasters, including the Titanic. Jessop was a nurse and an ocean liner stewardess in the early 1900s. Most people would probably change professions after being involved in such terrifying incidents, but not Violet. Instead of quitting her job, she spent a good portion of her life working on the sea. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Self-Destruction Of Gia, America’s First Supermodel
 
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Gia Carangi was considered the first supermodel. But her rise was short-lived. She ended up drug addicted and having AIDS. Gia’s life echoed the classic rags-to-riches story. She was born in 1960 in Philadelphia. Her childhood wasn’t perfect. Gia’s parents split up when she was 11; she stayed with her father. As she later admitted, it had a huge influence on her whole life. She first tried substances when she was a teenager. She searched for her identity and was influenced by David Bowie. Gia was first spotted in a night club. A photographer asked her to pose on the dance floor. She immediately signed a contract with New York agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia was different from other models at that time. She had brown hair and didn’t wear any makeup. Gia’s androgynous look was a part of her image. She was also the first openly gay model. Her career started quickly. She was on the cover of famous magazines - Vogue and Cosmopolitan. When Gia turned 18, she became a model of Dior, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Diane Von Furstenberg. She earned $100,000 a year. But the model was hard to control. She was impulsive and could leave a shoot if she wasn’t in the mood. She also could decline dozens of photo shoots because she didn’t like her haircut. After photo shoots for big brands, she went to bars where she could get cocaine. Gia’s agent and friend Wilhelmina Cooper died in 1980. The model was ruined by her death and her drug addiction worsened. During a photo shoot for Vogue, she escaped through a window. The magazine gave her a second chance. But when pictures were ready, the traces of Gia’s addiction were found. On her arms, there were marks and bumps from needles. In 1981, she was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. She became extremely vulnerable. Her final cover was for 1982’s Cosmopolitan. On that cover, her arms were under the dress to hide the marks. Nobody wanted to work with her anymore. She went on rehab but returned to drug abuse. Gia later worked in a cafeteria and shopping mall. In 1986, she was hospitalized. She slept on the street. Doctors found that she was beaten up and raped. She was diagnosed with AIDS. On November, 26 the first supermodel of America died. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Story Of "Titanic Orphans" Who Were Kidnapped By Their Dad
 
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As RMS Titanic, the Ship of Dreams, was sinking on the night of April 14, 1912, nobody was spared from experiencing the dread and horror on board, not even the youngest ones. Michel Marcel Navratil was almost four-years-old at the time and his brother Edmond Roger Navratil was aged two. They survived the disaster as there was a place for them on Collapsible D, the ninth and final life-saving vessel that was lowered from the ship’s port side. The two brothers were settled in the boat by Mr. Michel Navratil, their father. This was the last memory the boys would have of him — the crew would allow women and children only into the lifeboats so he had to remain on board the stricken ship. In the aftermath of the disaster, people dubbed them the Titanic Orphans... Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Who Was This Lone Man Who Refused To Salute Hitler?
 
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The photo was taken at the launch of a German army vessel in 1936, during a ceremony that was attended by Adolf Hitler himself. Hundreds of men and women saluted the Der Führer throwing out their very best «Sieg Heil». Except for one man grimacing with arms crossed. What made this photo unique is that it represented the protest of one man, in its most sincere and pure form. But who was this brave man? Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Grigori Rasputin, The Man They Couldn't Kill
 
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Grigori Rasputin is probably one of the best-known but least understood figures in the events that ultimately led to the downfall of the Russian tsars. The murder of Rasputin on the night of 16-17 December 1916 has always seemed extraordinary: first he was poisoned, then shot and finally drowned in a frozen river by Russian aristocrats fearful of his influence on Tsar Nicholas II and Queen Alexandra. Or was he? Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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The Tragic Life Of Albert Einstein's Forgotten Son
 
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They say that into every life a little rain must fall. Everyone has their own personal pain, struggles, and losses, even people who are truly remarkable. That was certainly true for Albert Einstein, the brilliant man who developed the theory of relativity. Although this genius made tremendous contributions to the field of physics, his personal life was more problematic. In particular, the struggles related to his youngest son, Eduard. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Freddie Mercury And His Phenomenal Love For Cats
 
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You know Freddie Mercury as frontman of Queen band and one of the greatest voices in rock history. But did you know that Freddie Mercury loved his cats almost as much as he loves music? And it's just another reason to love the great Freddie Mercury! Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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When A Whole French Village LITERALLY Went Insane
 
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Pont-Saint-Esprit was a quiet commune in Southern France. On August 15, 1951, dozens of its residents suddenly got sick. They encountered nausea and stomach ache. Many had low body temperatures and weak pulses. Patients looked incredibly pale and couldn’t sleep for days. That’s where the suffering was over for most victims. But some started experiencing tremor and… hallucinations. The town resembled Hieronymus Bosch’s painting for about a week. A married couple ran around trailing each other with knives. A young girl believed she was assaulted by imaginary tigers. A boy tried to strangle his own mother. Some man jumped out of a hospital window screaming “I’m an airplane!” Luckily, it was only the 2nd floor. He broke his leg, got back up, and continued running. Another man thought he was a wirewalker and tried to climb up a suspension bridge. Animals were ill too: ducks marched like penguins, while dogs chewed on stones. Not all the delusions were threatening. Some people “heard heavenly choruses”. A local farmer, all of a sudden, wrote hundreds of poems. But for the most part, it was a disaster. Hospitals were chock-full of patients in straitjackets and chained to beds. By the time the outbreak ended, about 300 people were affected. 5 of them died. The sufferers had only one thing in common. They all ate bread from the local bakery. Doctors assumed it was made of fungus-infected flour which led to ergotism. The last time contamination like that hit France was in the 19th century. Mercury poisoning was also suggested because of the fungicides used to treat grains. The most extravagant theory was that the event was caused by… LSD experiments. The documents were found connecting the incident to the US government. Many believe the bread was drugged by the CIA agents as a field test. Nevertheless, scientists today dismiss all those explanations. Curiously, LSD was originally synthesized from that very fungus ergot 13 years before the tragedy. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Unbelievable True Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Lives
 
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A century ago, glow-in-the-dark watches were an irresistible novelty. The dials, covered in a special luminous paint, shone all the time and didn't require charging in sunlight. It looked like magic. Hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. The Radium Girls were even told to lick their brushes to get a fine point for detail work! But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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Who Was Mercedes Jellinek, The Woman Behind The Car
 
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Mercedes-Benz - the name the world knows best. Many would also know that the name is associated with a girl whose doting father named a car after her. And many would probably have never seen photos or pictures of her before this as very little photos of her were available. In fact, the full name of this person is Mercedes Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek. Well, if you want to know how the person looks like and a little about her personal life, then watch this video! Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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