Tracy S. Morris

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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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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time Virginia invaded North Carolina

Blackbeard the pirate: Tactical Genius. Technically Innocent (Ha!)

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 9 That Time Edwin Booth Could Have Changed Everything

Let’s talk a little about Edwin Booth. People don’t remember the other two Booth brothers. John Wilkes Booth casts a long shadow. And when they do, it’s because Edwin once rescued Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, from being crushed by a train. There’s a certain neatness in the symmetry of that. One brother saves a son, while the other murders a father.

But there was a time when Edwin’s name outshone his more infamous brother. There was a time when, by the right word or the right action, Edwin might have put his brother on a different path.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 8 Why Some People Hate History

Until you saw the musical Hamilton, You probably got the impression that the founding fathers all got along and always knew exactly what they were doing. That’s because people like to tell stories.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Joan the Mad of Castile’s Epic Farewell Tour

Say Jerry Springer came to you with a time machine (Tardis, DeLorean, whatever) and a mission: to travel back in time and bring him the most dysfunctional people you can find to guest star on his show.

Who would you bring? The Tudors? The Kennedys?

Possibly. But you really couldn’t go wrong if you made a stopover in Spain and grabbed Queen Juana the I of Castile. History remembers her as Joan the Mad. Though whether she deserves that title is up for debate.

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