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Sexy Books: A Brief History Of The Harlequin Romance

Harlequin Romance History Fabio Standing On Hawaiian Beach Rocks

Bare-chested Italian model Fabio stands on the rocks on a Hawaiian beach. Source: Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Anyone remember Fabio? You know, the buff, long haired leading man on all those tattered paperbacks your mom hid in her dresser? Even though he’s become synonymous with the genre, the meme-worthy presence of Fabio Lanzoni is a little misleading when it comes to the story of the romance novel. Indeed, the Harlequin romance has a history much more substantive than Fabio’s flaxen locks lead us to believe.

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Coral Castle: Everlasting Love And Mystery In Southern Florida

In general, stony coral’s razor sharp edges don’t make for prime construction material. And yet in southern Florida thousands of tons of it were used exactly for that purpose – building a castle – leaving people scratching their heads as to just how that could happen.

The construction of Coral Castle remains one of Florida’s greatest unsolved mysteries. While theories abound regarding its creation, many find it hard to explain how a 100-pound man who stood just a hair over five feet tall was able to move, carve and manipulate more than 1,100 tons of coral. Had he mastered the skills of the pyramid builders like he claimed? Or was there black magic involved, as others wondered?

In the early 1900s, Latvia native Ed Leedskalnin was set to marry the love of his life, Agnes Skuvst, who was just 16 at the time — ten years younger than her husband-to-be. But Skuvst called off the wedding the day before the festivities, forcing Leedskalnin to move to the United States alone. Skuvst remained in Latvia, and Leedskalnin spent the rest of his life building a monument to their love.

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Adolf Hitler Had This Photo Of Himself Banned

Banned Picture Of Hitler

Even génocidaires have standards, apparently. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler had publication of this photo (and others like it) banned because he considered it “beneath one’s dignity.”

How did these photos surface, then? In 1945, an Allied soldier named Alf Robinson found a tattered, coverless book in a bomb-blasted house in Germany, and added it to his collection of Nazi relics, according to reports. It turns out that the book was more or less a propagandistic Nazi party “fanzine” called Deutschland Erwache (Germany Awaken), and written by Baldur von Schirach in the 1930s.

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Seoul Sparkles At Night


It’s truly a “miracle” that Seoul, South Korea looks the way it does today: following the destruction brought on by the Korean War, the “Miracle on the Han River” catapulted the country and sprawling capital city into its present status as a global economic powerhouse.

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