At market like merchandise, instead of divorce

An 1820 English caricature of a wife sale —image courtesy of Wikimedia

The practice of selling wives dates back to the early 1300s in Britain. The way men led the women's auction was the same as how animals were treated.

A man would place a halter around the woman’s neck or her waist. In some cases, children were offered as a package bonus.

As you go through this story, you will find out that it was more about dishonoring the woman. The men were “tired” of the behavior of the women they sold. That’s what justified the practice. Were the men satisfied after the shaming auction of their wives? …


The bone-chilling story of Ronald, sentenced to death by lethal injection

A picture of Ronald Clark O’Bryan and his son — image credit synwritestruecrime

On March 31st, 1984, a deacon at Second Baptist Church became the first man sentenced to death by lethal injection under Texas law. His last words, “I forgive all, and I do mean all those who have been involved in my death. God bless you all. And, may God’s best blessings be always yours.”

But, what could have led a very religious man of his nature to undergo such a harsh punishment?

The events leading to the death of the deacon stretched back to about ten years back. After the Halloween night of October 1974, the parents of a small…


The Most Extreme Cannibal Couple in History — Dmitry Baksheev and Natalia.

Containers full of human flesh and pictures of Dmitry Baksheev and Natalia — Photo by East2west News

On September 11th, 2017, cops in Russia were alerted of a lost phone, which contained a disturbing selfie of a man-eating a human hand while holding a dismembered woman’s head. The police traced the phone back to Dmitry Baksheev and Natalia, a couple from Southern Russia.

Inside their house, cops found these surprising things:

  • photos of dead bodies
  • jars with human parts inside the fridge
  • nineteen pieces of human skin
  • seven frozen packs of body parts
  • a recipe book on dinners to prepare using human flesh
  • a videotape tutorial on how to dismember and acquire particular meat (muscle groups) from…


If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then, by all means, paint — Vincent Willem van Gogh

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

How many times were you motivated to do something but in the end, you doubted your abilities to see things through? You never tasted the results of what you could have become even though you were very enthusiastic about your plans.

Doubt makes it difficult to start and/or finish things. In most cases, we fear the consequences of the outcome not being a “win,” so we settle for nothing.

For me, doubting my own abilities whenever I am about to take action feels like a self-imposed cage — a cage with no bars yet powerful enough to keep me from…


Flow is your superpower waiting to be discovered

Photo by Aleksandr Neplokhov from Pexels

Flow is a superpower that will enable you to leave a mark through the outcome of your work. Every human wants to do something exceptional. Producing something that stands out is deeply rooted within us; that’s why we admire icons.

Performing at your best is a satisfying trait that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote a whole book about it. But why don’t people always give out their best? Or why does it seem like only a select few can bring out that beast mode when they work?

The problem is not that you can’t reach the flow state, but rather how to…


All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers—Francois Fenelon

Photo by Alex Andrews from Pexels

Most of what we learn from world history is “humans fought a lot of wars.” And in almost all countries of the world, the history curriculum is at least 65% war. Why do school systems teach us more about wartimes than prosperity times?

This weird aspect of recorded history has been a topic of debate among historians. In short, there are two sides to the debate. One says humans are naturally peaceful but recorded mostly war because of the chock of it. The other says humans are naturally war-driven, and they recorded what they most identified with.

A Discussion on the Theories of the Two Sides.

There are essentially…


The legacy of Harriet Tubman a.k.a. Moses

Harriet Tubman 1895 —Wikimedia Commons

Harriet Tubman was one exceptional woman in the history of the U.S. She started as a slave and later became a slave liberator.

Tubman’s original name was Araminta Ross. She was born and brought up as a slave in the early 1820s in Maryland, U.S. Tubman was part of a large family of nine children.

Her mother, Green, was a cook on Mary Pattison Brodess’s plantation. Her father, Ross, was responsible for timber on a plantation. Green fought hard to keep her family together. She feared their slave owners would separate them.

On a particular occasion, Brodess intended on selling…


The story of an African Princess, Sara Forbes Bonetta

Photographs of Sara Forbes Bonetta and Queen Victoria —from Wikimedia Commons and findmypast.co.uk

Sara Forbes Bonetta was a girl who originated from Ogun State, Nigeria. She made a special record in history for being the only African girl to become the goddaughter of Queen Victoria of England. Her intelligence sparked great admiration from her godmother, Queen Victoria.

Bonetta was born in 1843 in a royal household as a princess of the Yoruba people from Nigeria. Five years after Bonetta was born, her village was attacked by the Dahomeyan army. The army killed Bonetta’s parents and her people. And, Bonetta was taken into captivity.

In 1850, a British missionary, Captain Fredrick E. Forbes of…


What you need to know about the special “Lady Juliana”

The Pass Room at Bridewell where Mary (the youngest convict abroad Lady Juliana) was first imprisoned — Image Wikimedia Commons

Lady Juliana is mostly famous for being an all-women prison ship that transported British female prisoners to Australia in 1789. There are a lot of remarkable things to note about the ship. One of them being; although the main aim of Lady Juliana was to revitalize the almost crumbling British colony in Australia, the ship ended up earning the nickname of “a floating brothel.”

How Lady Juliana was born

During the 18th century, Britain found itself with a situation of jails overflowing with prisoners. The best solution was to lower the number of prisoners by transporting some to Britain’s colonial territories.

Thus, in the late…


Or rather, the man they shouldn’t have tried to hang

A man about to hang on gallows —image from historicmysteries.com

On his execution day, the setup gallows for hanging failed. It was tested and retested, but they couldn’t get the equipment to work when his neck was in the rope.

The man was John Lee, also known as John “Babbacombe” Lee. He was born in 1864 in Abbotskerswell, England. And, Just like Mordecai in the bible, he couldn’t be hanged even though his rope was tied around his neck.

From Butler to Accused Killer

As a teenager, Lee worked for Emma Keyse as a butler. But, in 1882, Keyse sent Lee to prison because he was stealing from her. …

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