Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: Whatever Happened to the Sphinx’s Nose?

Napoleon is responsible for Egyptology. Many people also think that his men shot the nose off the Sphinx. But that’s giving him too much credit.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 15 Would The Real Anastasia Please Stand Up?

It was a cold February night in Berlin, 1920, when Franziska Shanzkowska jumped into the Landwher Canal. We know why she jumped: she’d lost her fiancee during the war.  She’d also suffered from an accident in the munitions plant where she worked.  She had scars, a head injury, possibly survivors guilt and definitely depression. In […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Curious George Vs. The Nazis

Curious George is known to children, and the parents who grew up on his stories, for his adventures with the Man with the Yellow Hat.

But his greatest adventure isn’t in print. Before the book, Curious George saved his creators from the Nazis.

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I am Not Making This Up: Ep. 14 Agatha Christie’s Personal Mystery

Agatha Christie is the bestselling author of all time.  Her works outsell Shakespeare, J. K. Rowling, and Stephen King.  Even if you’ve never read her work, you’ve probably heard of Murder on the Orient Express, or And Then There Were None. But a greater mystery sits at the heard of Christie’s life.  In 1926, after […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Cleopatra Had Butter Face

When you think of Cleopatra, you probably think beautiful, seductive, irresistible. In truth, one of the most famous women rulers was probably none of these. What she was, was a skilled administrator, an amazing diplomat, and a ball of charisma.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 13 Tale Literally As Old As Time

Out of all the fairy tales known worldwide, Beauty and the Beast, or “La Belle et la bete” as it is known in French, may be one of the most popular.  The themes of the fairy tale are even recycled in such popular and well-known works as The Phantom of the Opera and Twilight. Versions […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 12 The Titanic Man

 All Carlos Hurd wanted was to take a vacation.  But when he boarded the Carpathia for Italy with his wife, Katherine, the reporter and his wife were put on the path to the most Titanic scoop in Carlos’s life.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 11 People Were Once Paid To Be Garden Gnomes. This Is A Thing That Happened.

In the 18th century, the English took conspicuous consumption to a whole new level when they hired actual old men to live in their gardens as ornamental hermits.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Bigger Than The Beatles

When we look at Beatlemania or the way teenage girls lost it over Elvis, we tend to think that mania was invented along with rock and roll. But pop phenomenons didn’t start with pop. Here are several historical figures who were bigger than the Beatles.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 10 The Littlest Pirate

Lots of kids talk about running away to join the circus or become pirates. But few actually do it.

However in 1716, one boy did. His name as John King, and he was around ten years old.

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