Which historic badass were you in a past life? Take the quiz.

Ching Shih

From heroes to despots and everything in between, the badasses of history fought hard, stood their ground, and earned a name for themselves in history books around the world. Sure, they weren’t all paragons of goodness, but that’s what makes them so interesting. Take this quick quiz to find out which historic badass you really were in a past life — your results just might astound you.

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The bold and the dutiful: 21 courageous quotes from history’s biggest badasses



Read about any period of history and one thing you’re guaranteed to come across is bloody, gut wrenching wars. It’s one thing that we humans excel at, whatever the era and whatever the culture. Yet amidst all this terrible, and often pointless, slaughter we sometimes get glimpses of great bravery in the face of terrible odds. It’s during these moment, when all looks doomed, that certain types of men and women go full bad ass. In honour of their devil-may-care attitude to danger, here are some of their finest moments immortalized in their finest words. Prepare to be amazed. 

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Caught on camera: 21 of history’s rarest moments

The oldest surviving camera photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, was taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. Since then photographers have captured countless historic moments. Sometimes, they appreciated the significance of the moment, other times they have not. Here’s an amazing selection of photos, full of human emotions, which include both these categories.

Bill and Hillary Clinton when they first meet as university students, 1973.


Residents of West Berlin show their children to their grandparents living in East Berlin, 1961.

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