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Identical Cousins

Can you distinguish which man in this picture is Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and which is King George V of England? The two monarchs were cousins born only three years apart. Can’t decide? The answer is at The Ornamented Being. Link -via TYWKIWDBI

The Late Movies: Vintage Christmas

Christmas has been the subject of film ever since film was invented. Some of those early shows survive, although you may not have seen them. Here’s your chance to watch some rarely-seen Christmas cheer, spanning from 1898 to 1969. Santa Claus A visit from St. Nicholas is caught on film by G.A. Smith in 1898. Smith [...]

The Royal Disease

During the winter of 1884, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, was convalescing in France. While there, he slipped and fell and couldn’t stop bleeding. Within a few hours, he died. Prince Leopold was the first monarch known to suffer from hemophilia—a blood disorder that causes excessive bleeding. It appears Victoria was responsible for the [...]