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Legend has it that George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, traitorous brother of Edward IV (and Richard III) was executed by be immersion in a barrel of wine.

In 1478...

George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, was to be executed. His request? To be drowned in a barrel of wine.

This Siberian bear-hunting suit from the 1800s turns you into a human blowfish

This Siberian bear-hunting suit from the 1800s turns you into a human blowfish

We've seen some deranged vintage body armor before, but nothing as gutsy as this costume, which transformed the wearer into a 19th-century Pinhead. A commenter on the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation message boards had this to say about such a suit in 1998 (we're assuming this description refers to this particular regalia):

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Ouija Board History: The Most Dreaded Toy Ever Made

The Ouija Board began as a harmless parlor game in 1890. What happened over the years to cause the mere mention of the talking board to invoke instant dread?

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Heroin Cough Sedative, date unknown

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Ads, illustrations, and photographs of a vintage or antiquated nature that make you just a tad bit confused/alarmed/amused.

1866 medieval Steep Street from the junction with Trenchard Street | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

1866 medieval Steep Street from the junction with Trenchard Street

Steep Street - Host Street to Griffin Lane -road line altered and became Colston Street. 1871 Joseph Dann, chimney sweeper Edward Robins, umbrella maker John Murphy, newsagent Rosamond Holloway, marine stores John Weeks, boot maker This picture by Frost & Read of Steep Street curving away to the right was recorded five years before it was demolished and replaced by Colston street but on a different realignment.

The Habsburg Jaw and Other Royal Inbreeding Deformities

The Habsburg Jaw and Other Royal Inbreeding Deformities

Those wacky royals are always up to something. Unfortunately, in past centuries, that something also included inbreeding. Find out what kinds of conditions a shallow gene pool caused in royalty.

Marie Louise d'Orléans 1662–1689 - First wife and Queen consort of King Charles II of Spain. She had both Medici and Hapsburg blood - which is evident in her facial features. Like many of the last Medici women, she could not conceive a child in the 10 years she was married. She died age 26, it is believed, of appendicitis.

History of Appreciation of Pearls by the monarchies of Spain

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This has got to be one of the strangest post mortem photograph I have come across because it appears that the subjects have been dead for some time. Photoshop ? what do you think?

This has got to be one of the strangest post mortem photograph I have come across because it appears that the subjects have been dead for some time. Photoshop ? what do you think?

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Healthy dose of history.

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Catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery, Sicily, 1939.

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