1. A Prince Beheaded His Cousins

Margaret of Anjou, the ruthless medieval queen, once let her son Edward to decide how to execute his cousins. His choice was brutal, and unsurprisingly not well received. It certainly wasn’t a decision that  not really one that should be left to a young adult.

Apparently, Prince Edward took after his mother, as he demanded that the two men behead, ignoring his dad’s pleas for mercy. His mother was a hard-faced lady and obviously passed down her hardened nature to her son. There’s a mother-son duo I wouldn’t want to cross.

2. Edgar Allan Poe Met A Chilling Fate

Poe was found wandering the streets of New York in a fugue state a few nights before he was found unconscious on the sidewalk, with all his belongings gone. As he lied dying, he kept screaming “Reynolds”, repeatedly. Nobody knew who he could have been referring to.

We still do not know who he was referring to until today. He was wearing someone else’s clothes—and as he lay dying, he kept shouting a single word: “Reynolds.” Could this Reynolds have something to do with how Poe ended up in a gruesome state in the first place?

3. A Queen Gave A Brutal Punishment To Her Sisters

As queen Isabella, AKA the “She Wolf” of France, caught her sisters-in-law having sexual relations with knights, she enacted an extremely gruesome punishment to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. When Isabella told her father what she suspected, he went after the cheating noblewomen with a vengeance…

He spied on the knights and after seeing enough, he publicly accused everyone and had them all arrested. Castrated men were drawn and quartered, while women had their heads shaved and spent the rest of their lives in prison. Isabella was the cause of such a horrific fate. She didn’t get her name for nothing.

4. Marcus Aurelius Was A Sadist

There was an interesting gladiator dilemma Marcus Aurelius faced when he was Roman Emperor. Faustina, his wife, fell in love with a combatant and confessed her passion to her husband over the gunfight. What was the emperor’s solution? In order to get her to strip, Faustina was ordered to make love to the gladiator in question, who was then fatally attacked while on top of her.

The emperor forced Faustina to accept one more shocking request despite the brutal act Marcus Aurelius had committed.

Later, she was forced to bathe in her husband’s blood, clean up quickly, and then seduce him.

5. Karma Got This Biblical King

As punishment for accusing and executing his wife of adultery, King Herod preserved her body in honey and performed disturbing acts with it for many years afterward.

A mysterious illness eventually claimed his life. Because of what he had done to his body, his illness was both gruesome and fitting.

Aside from paranoid delusions, rage, and arteriosclerosis, Herod died in 4 BCE from a brutal and agonizing illness that modern doctors are still unable to diagnose. It was so painful that the king attempted suicide at one point. People in Judea called the illness “Herod’s Evil.”

6. Henry VIII’s Wife Had A Literal Black Heart

At the time, Henry VIII’s wife Catherine of Aragon’s death was utterly mysterious. Her embalmer noticed that the corpse was in excellent health except for the blackened heart. Catherine’s ghastly condition, coupled with her chilling premonitions of her own demise, led people to believe she was about to die.

After witnessing Catherine’s strange condition, those loyal to Catherine and disloyal to Henry and Anne Boleyn started whispering that Henry and Anne had poisoned Catherine in a chilling act of self-service, causing the Dowager to die poetically from a broken heart. Historians of today, however, hold a very different view.

According to most experts, Catherine passed away from cancer of the heart rather than foul play, because sometimes it can turn the heart black. Even so, it’s tragically poetic given the circumstances of Catherine’s life and her reign as a queen.

7. The Marquis De Sade Was Infamous For A Reason

Throughout the castle walls of the infamous author Marquis de Sade, he committed horrors in the name of his hedonistic fantasies, but he couldn’t hide his secrets forever. His servant fled the castle in terror. Upon returning home, the terrified girl recounted her story, and it chilled her loved ones to the bone.

De Sade, it turned out, hired only the most attractive young women and men to work in his castle and then forced them to participate in his salacious bedroom activities, one of which was whipping. In addition to his twisted fantasies, he also hired a constant stream of young sex workers.

8. The Queen Who Lost Her Beauty

Queen Alexandra of Denmark’s iconic beauty calcified into a monstrosity as she grew older-yet her death was even more horrific. As a result of her aging face, Alexandra began wearing elaborate veils and wearing heavy makeup. The fashionistas who once followed her every move now call her “enameled.”

A burst blood vessel in her eye left her nearly blinded. Once she succumbed to a heart attack, she was little more than a shell of her once-glamorous self. It was a very sorry sight for her family to see.

9. Genghis Khan Offed His Own Brother

As a child, Genghis Khan’s father died and the tribe abandoned his family, driving them into poverty on the barren Mongolian steppe. This was only the beginning of his nightmare. Begter, Genghis’ half-brother, then began to assert his power as the eldest child, attempting to become Hoelun’s wife.

Young, ruthless Genghis was not pleased with this, and he exacted cold-hearted revenge. With the help of another brother, he murdered Begter when he was 10 years old.

10. Henry VIII Rejected Anne Of Cleves For An Awful Reason

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves almost immediately after seeing her portrait. When they met, his stomach dropped: she was unthinkably ugly, he said. Modern historians suggest a more disturbing reason for Henry’s disgust with Anne.

Making their way to London, Anne’s party stopped at Rochester on New Year’s Day 1540, where she watched bull-baiting. When an old burly stranger entered the room, all hell broke loose. This stranger was actually Henry VIII.

Getting a sneak peak at his bride-to-be was his goal. Furthermore, he expected her to see through his costume by the power of “true love”. This was a bad idea. He froze when he faced Anne. Henry tried getting Anne’s attention and was ignored, or he outright groped and kissed her, which caused the young woman to ring the alarms about a strange dude harassing her.

Either way, it was a total disaster. Henry left the encounter angry and possibly ready for revenge in the form of, “I never liked her anyway.”

11. The Austrian Emperor Was A Cradle Robber

One aspect of Emperor Franz Joseph’s life still makes historians uneasy. Franz Joseph was out for a walk near his summer palace one day when a beautiful blonde caught his eye. The Emperor and Anna Nahowski fell in love after meeting covertly in the park for months. Anna and Franz Joseph were both married, but that wasn’t even close to being the scandalous part.

In actuality, Anna was only 14 when she met Franz for the first time, and he was 45 at the time. It was one of the biggest age gaps the times had ever seen- it was well and truly looked down on.

12. Henry VIII Once Got Heartbroken

Henry VIII married Jane Seymour just weeks after he executed his previous wife, Anne Boleyn. Whether she knew it explicitly or not, she knew she had two choices: bear him a son or die. Tragically, she would die from complications during childbirth just 11 days after giving birth to Edward VI.

While she never got to see her son on the throne, an inscription on her grave pays heartbreaking tribute to him. The inscription is as follows. “Here is Jane, a phoenix who gave birth to another phoenix. / Let her be mourned, for birds like these / Are rare indeed.” Jane was also the only one of Henry’s six wives to be buried in a royal fashion.

13. Gandhi Liked To Tempt Himself With Young Women

Gandhi is seen today as a symbol of peaceful protest and understanding. However, there is another side to him. Gandhi became increasingly obsessed with lust at the age of 36, while married. Gandhi would sleep naked with young women to train and “perfect” his control over his desires.

One night, he committed an act so heinous that his own employee quit on him forever. Gandhi performed this sleeping act with his own grand-niece Manu. The stenographer left in disgust.

14. Tsar Nicholas II Was A Freak In Bed

As a result, she was privy to all of Europe’s dirty little secrets since she had affairs with the most powerful men. La Belle Otero revealed in her memoirs how she had seduced multiple royals, including princes and kings. One of her conquests was the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II—and when it came to revealing the disturbing details about their romance, she didn’t hold back.

Despite being fond of him, she also described him as timid and frightened, with a rank body odor. Even La Belle Otero was surprised at his choices in the bedroom.

15. The Indestructible Man

An iron rod was rammed through the head of a railroad worker named Phineas Gage in the 19th century. In one of the strangest medical anomalies in history, Gage lived another 12 full years despite having most of his left frontal lobe destroyed. Gage’s story does have one more bitter twist, however.

In spite of the fact that he technically was still alive, his friends spoke of how his behavior from this point on had changed dramatically, describing him as “no longer Gage” and telling them he was violent and moody.

16. Xerxes’ Got His Mistress In Trouble 

The mighty warrior king Xerxes was known as a notorious womanizer. Although he had many wives, he still could not keep his affair in his pants – he even had an affair with his own niece at one point. While this is incredibly horrifying on its own, things took a much darker turn when his wife found out about this.

In spite of the fact that she could not punish her husband-he was, after all, the King of Kings-she still devised a plan to exact her chilling revenge. The girl’s mother was mutilated by Xerxes’s wife when she heard about Xerxes’s affair with her daughter. So that’s it then.

17. Noblewomen Drank While Pregnant 

After her sudden passing at 23 years old, the Duchess of Berry was scandalized by her constant pregnancies and miscarriages. Six pregnancies we know about are miscarriages for the Duchess. Why did she have such horrible luck as a mother? Today’s historians think they know why.

It didn’t stop the Duchess Of Berry from partying despite constantly being pregnant. She figured that as long as she could stand (or waddle), she could go out. Her latest pregnancy did not stop her from attending parties and consuming more than her fair share of alcohol.

18. Alexander The Great’s Mother Was Ruthless

As beautiful as she was cruel, Queen Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, was one of the greatest historical figures of all time. When she had imprisoned a rival queen, she infamously sent the girl three items: a cup, a rope, and a sword — and then she asked the girl a truly chilling question.

As you can see, the cup contained poison, the rope was a noose, and the sword was deadly sharp. It was the only thing Olympias wished to know about the girl: how did she wish to die? From the accounts of the history, it seems that she chose to hang herself, although during the very last moments of her life she cursed Olympias.

19. A Modern Prince Had A Lovechild

The Duke of Kent, Prince George, was a notorious bad boy. His high-flying life took a sinister turn when he fell for the dangerous Kiki Preston. Preston introduced Prince George to his drug of choice and dragged him into a world of addiction as “the girl with the silver syringe.”. However, that wasn’t all. Both of these rebellious lovers guarded a terrible secret all their lives.

George Preston and Kiki Preston allegedly had a child together while partying, using drugs, and hanging out with threesomes. He was adopted by Harper & Brothers publisher Cass Canfield in 1926 when he was just a year old. Despite the lack of evidence that George acknowledged the birth, even his brother Edward did not attempt to deny it years later.

20. This Queen Of France Got A Petty Revenge

The famed Madame de Montespan was vain to the core, and her chief mistress, King Louis XIV’s wife, truly believed that she should be queen above his wife. After all, she was the kind of girl with the looks, the wit, and the pedigree to succeed. Although de Montespan ended up outliving the true queen, Maria Theresa, the story of the duo does not end there. After death, the queen finally managed to deliver the insult she had never been able to deliver to her rival while she was alive.

She also left a special ring to the other object of the king’s affections, Madame de Maintenon. A gift was given to thank de Maintenon for putting a wedge between the king and de Montespan. A very touching gesture, isn’t it?

21. Louis XIV Might Have Slept With His Sister-In-Law

Prince Philipe of England married Princess Henrietta of England, who even converted to another religion in order to please him. Prince Philipe of England returned the favor by sleeping with many men. In the beginning, Henrietta seemed to forgive him; after all, when they had their first daughter, there were rumors that Princess Henrietta had repaid her adultery, and that the baby was not Philipe’s at all. It’s getting juicier, but it doesn’t stop there.

King Louis XIV, Phillipe’s own brother, and even the Comte de Guiche, Phillipe’s very own ex-lover, are a few candidates for being the father of Phillipe.

22. This King And Queen Begged Forgiveness 

As King Charles II lay dying, he sent for his wife, Catherine of Braganza. Catherine’s response was heartbreaking. She couldn’t bear the thought of seeing her husband die. She asked to remain away from him, but added that she wanted to “beg his pardon if she had offended him in the past.” Charles’s reply, however, broke her heart even more.

Catherine’s note was read by King Charles, who did not even appear to be angry at all. He was entirely repentant, and he cried out, “Alas poor woman, how poor you are!” Did she ask for my forgiveness? My mother begs you from the bottom of my heart, take back the answer you gave her.”

23. The New York City Hoarders

A call was made to the New York City police in March 1947 about a terrible odor that was emanating from a Harlem apartment. Their horror was utterly excruciating when they opened the door when they arrived at the house and were horrified by what they found inside. It was the home of two brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer, who lived there and hoarded compulsively. Despite the fact that Homer’s body was found crushed under his own junk, Langley was still missing.

There was no sign of him in the junk for weeks, even though the police sifted through it intensively. However, they found his body not far away from the remains of his brother.

24. Elizabeth I Was A Klepto

After the execution of her mother Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I lived in poverty before she became the Virgin Queen. Elizabeth VIII’s father Henry VIII ignored and neglected her so completely that her guardians had to beg the king for funds in order to provide Elizabeth with clothes that fitted her.

Later on, when she became Queen, Elizabeth collected more than 2,000 dresses for herself, and that was still not enough. When she saw how nice the dress was, she is said to have stolen it from one of her maids of honor out of jealousy.

25. This King Liked Older Women

Charles V had several affairs before he married Isabella of Portugal. His relationship with Germaine of Foix, his step-grandmother, was the most controversial, but it wasn’t even the most disturbing. After her husband Ferdinand died, Germaine of Foix didn’t get married for years, so when she gave birth just two years after he died, it raised a lot of eyebrows.

Even more eyebrows were raised when she named her girl “Infanta Isabel,” a title normally reserved for the daughter of the King of Spain. Who was the King of Spain? That would be Charles, her stepgrandson. Unpleasant.

26. This Flapper Used Her Children To Make Money

Baker was one of the most seductive dancers of the Roaring 20s, and when she settled down, she adopted a large number of children. Why did Baker adopt so many children?  Despite her claim that she wanted to prove “children from different ethnicities and religions can still be brothers,” the evidence tells a different story.

Baker’s children lived on her estate of hotels, farms, and rides, and she charged visitors admission to watch her children play and sing. As a result, Jean-Claude Baker believed there was a darker, more cynical motive for her “Tribe”: she liked the attention.

27. Richard II Had A Gruesome End

The most prominent characteristic of King Richard II of England was that he was a coward. In spite of the fact that he voluntarily gave up his crown, he was unaware of the disturbing fate that awaited him. It was Henry IV, Richard’s rival and successor, who simply strolled into London and snatched the crown from the King’s head. Richard had made Henry promise that he would spare his life, but Henry made sure he put an end to Richard’s life in an unspeakably cruel way.

As Richard starved in the prison, Henry slowly killed him. However, even when Richard passed on, it was not the end of the story. It was Henry who exhibited the cold, emaciated corpse in St. Paul’s Cathedral for all to see.

28. One Man Survived Two Atomic Bombs

The Japanese engineer Tsutsumo Yamaguchi happened to be in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the time of their respective atomic bombings during WWII. The American forces dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima’s city center as Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on business. As a result of the blast, he has been burnt, has become temporarily blind, and has ruptured his eardrums.

A few months later, he went back to his hometown of Nagasaki, only for him to witness the dropping of the Fat Man atomic bomb. There is only one person that the Japanese government recognizes as having survived both atomic attacks and that is Yamaguchi.

29. The Empress Who Loved Insane Asylums

There is little doubt that Empress Elisabeth of Austria is known to the world today for her tragic end at the hands of an Italian anarchist as well as for her delicate beauty, but even her most ardent admirers know that there was something dark inside her.

In addition to being perpetually melancholic, she had a special affection for horseback riding, insane asylums, and of course, her own good looks. As a matter of fact, Elisabeth’s husband once asked her what she would like for a gift. What did she respond with?

She replied in a very bright and serious manner: “What I would like most is a fully equipped insane asylum.”.

30. There Was A Famous Lady Rake

At least 10 movies could have been made about Jane Digby, a beautiful 19th-century adventurer. After leaving Europe, she went to the Middle East, where she met a man who blew her mind. His name was Sheik Medjuel el Mezrab, and finally, he had been able to hold excitement-addict Jane’s attention for more than a few days. Despite their whirlwind romance, there was one catch.

Digby was 46 years old when she met the Sheik, while he was 26 and two decades her junior. In addition, the Sheik offered to divorce his current wife on the spot in order to embrace Digby. Fortunately for them, it worked, and they remained together after their bumpy start.

31. The CIA Tried To Make Cats Spies

There was a time when the CIA tried to spy on the Kremlin and Russian embassies by using cats as listening devices during the 1960s. An Acoustic Kitty program involved the surgically implanting of batteries, microphones, and antennae inside cats for the purpose of transmitting sound.

The CIA would be able to listen remotely to any meetings that the cats would be recording and transmitting to the CIA. When the CIA realized that it would not be possible to train a cat to do very much of anything, the plan was scrapped. This is probably something they should have known earlier.

32. Time Is Wibbly-Wobbly

Most scholars agree that the Ancient Egyptian empire lasted for thousands of years, which can be hard to imagine. It is estimated that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built between 2550 and 2490 BC, and Cleopatra took the throne in 51 BC.

For you, let me put this into perspective: That means that Cleopatra’s reign took place closer to the time of the moon landing than it did to the time of the Great Pyramid building.

33. This Victorian Diet Was Disgusting

There was a diet that was very popular at the end of the Victorian era called the “tapeworm diet” and it was even more disgusting than it sounded. People literally swallowed tapeworms and other parasites as part of their weight loss programme in the hopes they would do the work on their inner parts for them, letting them lose weight almost effortlessly.

What is the worst part of it all? Now it is believed that the celebrity opera singer who was supposed to have sparked the fad has never actually done it. It is advisable that you do not spread rumors among people, but instead concentrate on facts.

34. The CIA Tried To Make Cats Spies

There was a time when the CIA used cats as listening devices to spy on the Kremlin and Russian embassies during the 1960s. Acoustic Kitty, a program that involved surgically implanting batteries, microphones, and antennae inside cats, was conducted between 1985 and 1990. In this way, the CIA would be able to listen in on any meetings that the cats could record and transmit remotely.
When the CIA realized that it was not possible to train a cat to do much of anything, the plan was scrapped. As a matter of fact, they probably should have known this sooner rather than later.

35. The Real Man In The Iron Mask 

King Louis XV of France’s reign was characterized by utter catastrophic failure – so it’s not surprising that when the end of this playboy king came, it was absolutely horrific.

The first thing that appeared on the king’s face were small marks. At first, a few doctors were concerned, but when the marks did not disappear, they became more concerned. King Louis XV was an extremely horrifying sight in his final moments of life. A visitor once said that when he finally passed, he looked like he was wearing a bronze mask.

36. Pole Sitting Was A Real Fad

“Pole sitting” was one of the most popular fads of the Roaring 20’s and it involved sitting on top of flagpoles or other similar objects for as long as you could. Most often, people tried to outdo their friends and win prizes for the length of time they spent on top.

Throughout the decade, people’s interest in this fad continued until the Great Depression took their attention away from it. Their minds became much more occupied, so didn’t have much spare time to be sitting atop of flagpoles for the fun of it!

37. This Mistress Became A Press Target

There was nothing short of scandalous affairs conducted by the notorious mistress Lillie Langtry, but there was one affair that was more jaw-dropping than the rest. Eventually, Langtry fell in with an individual called George Baird, and with him he formed a relationship.

Besides being ludicrously rich, Baird was also known for his obsessive drinking habits. Langtry swore that he would leave her when he gave her two black eyes…but then Baird bought her a luxury yacht called the White Ladye. The woman could not resist his embrace and was pulled back into it. It was reported that many of her friends abandoned her, and it was dubbed as The Black Eye in the press.

38. There Used To Be An “Impotence Court”

I don’t want to get my hopes up that I can say that being a woman prior to the 20th century would have been a horrible experience. The fact that people expected you to give birth only to babies did not mean that you did not have certain perks as a mother.

Once upon a time, Medieval women were able to take their husbands to an impotence court if they were dissatisfied with their man’s performance in bed. It’s well known that women have always been inferior to their male counterparts, but this was actually something they were able to do!

39. Alcatraz Played A Nasty Trick

There used to be only one prison in the world where the inmates could take hot showers and that was Alcatraz. It may seem nice, but if you know anything about Alcatraz, you should probably be very suspicious about their motives for offering creature comforts to inmates.

In reality, they were just concerned that potential escapees wouldn’t get used to the cold water in case they tried to swim back to shore.

40. There Was A Pirate Queen

There is no doubt that the pirate queen Ching Shih lived one of the most dramatic lives in history from her perverse bedroom exploits to her chilling punishments. In the span of a few months, she went from being a sex worker to a grieving widow to a ruthless pirate-but even after all that, she still managed to save her most jaw-dropping move for the last. As part of Ching Shih’s “retirement,” she opened a gambling house.

As part of her “retirement,” she also started to trade opium behind the scenes.

41. Don’t Mess With English Kings

There is no doubt that Edward Longshanks had a very vicious temper. As an example, consider his revenge against Simon de Montfort, the Earl of LeicestIn spite of Edward’s father’s objections, Simon had decided to marry his sister against the wishes of his father.ion.

Edward’s response has been described as “an episode of noble bloodletting unprecedented since the Conquest by William the Conqueror.”

42. A Royal Betrayal

During the reign of Anne of Austria, she had the world’s worst husband. It is no secret that King Louis XIII despised her from the moment they were married and treated her horribly for decades-but his worst betrayal was saved for last. In Louis XIII’s last words to his wife, he said that one of his final acts was to stick it to her. While he was gone, he tried to make sure she never saw an ounce of power, refusing even to let her act as regent for their son when he was gone.

By the way, it didn’t work because that didn’t stop Anne of Austria from executing her plan. The Parlement of Paris revoked Louis’ will and installed her as Regent after she persuaded it to do so.

43. Victorians Had Impossible Beauty Standards

Even though the hourglass figure has always held a special appeal across Western cultures, the Victorian period was the era when it gained Corsets were used to take their obsession to an entirely new level by the women of the time.

Although these waist-cinching devices were successful in achieving a “wasp waist”, they did have some serious health consequences. In addition to causing fainting spells, for which the ladies of that era became famous, it is likely that the restriction on womens’ lungs worsened potentially deadly ailments like pneumonia and tuberculosis.

44. The Original Great War

Until World War I took over the monicker, the Napoleonic Wars were known as “The Great War.” They were completely unprecedented in their scope and bloodshed-but most people don’t realize just how horrifying this horrific conflict really was.

In this era, the military in European society truly became a separate entity from the civilian population as opposed to simply following orders from their monarch. As a result, the people of Europe truly adopted this war as their own, rather than simply submitting to its dictates.

45. There Is A Mystery In King Tut’s Tomb

Researchers recently discovered a sharp iron dagger in King Tut’s tomb which was still sharp thousands of years after it was found. A sharp dagger may not seem like a strange thing in itself, but the origin of such a dagger is quite mysterious.

Scientists have tested the metal and determined it came from a meteorite, which indicates that the ancient Egyptians were unlikely to have used the metal to make weapons from meteorite debris. Due to this, it is either a product of another more advanced civilization…or it may be the product of aliens.

46. Skipper Has A Saucy Backstory

Mattel decided that in order to really make Barbies stand out from the crowd, The “Growing Up Skipper” doll was introduced in the ‘1970s. It basically depicted the adolescent age of the Barbie- her becoming a woman.

In other words, it was only natural that when you twisted Skipper’s arm, her boobs grew. Well, I suppose it is fair to say that no one survived the 70s with their dignity intact, not even plastic dolls. Sexualising barbie dolls is a strange phenomenon and not one that has been carried through the eras. Thankfully!

47. Catherine Howard’s True Last Words

In a legend, before her execution, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard is said to have said, “I die a queen, but I would have rather died as Culpeper’s wife,” referring to the adulterous lover of her life.

The story of her last words is a myth, but even more heartbreakingly, she actually said them as she died. Despite Howard’s repentance, she cried, “I should die a thousand deaths” for betraying a king who had always treated her graciously. Catherine, I respectfully disagree with you.

48. The Countess With A Vendetta

Almost immediately after the Countess of Castiglione’s estranged husband tried to claim custody of her only beloved son Giorgio, the Countess sent him a surprise present in the mail. The first thing that hit him was how horrified he was when he opened the envelope. It was a seemingly innocent photograph of the beautiful Countess, dressed in a luxurious gown-and yet when the Count looked closer, his blood ran cold.

The countess was holding a dagger in the folds of her dress, which she had kept hidden. In essence, it was a threat: You mess with my son, I’ll mess with you.

49. The Last Emperor Of China Was A Prisoner

During 1908, Pu Yi was just two years old when he was crowned the supreme Emperor of all of China. In truth, he would now live in the lap of luxury-but with a heartbreakingly high price for the small child’s divine power.

It is thought he was separated from his family and placed in the Forbidden City, where he would spend the next 11 years living in the elaborate palace and forbidden to leave it. Nevertheless, that wasn’t the end of what Pu Yi experienced in the Forbidden City.

50. A Boy Rose From The Dead

There was a tragic death of a two-year-old boy from pneumonia in Brazil. At the funeral, the grieving family experienced a great deal of apprehension as their “dead” son suddenly sat up and asked for a drink of water.

Even though the parents were overjoyed and astonished by the news, they were still set to endure another heartbreaking event. After losing consciousness a second time, the boy was not able to be revived, so he was declared dead once again by the coroner.