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5 Tyrants Who Died Relatively Peaceful Deaths (and 5 Who Weren’t So Lucky)

According to Herodotus, when the Athenian lawgiver Solon visited Croesus, the fabulously wealthy king of Lydia, Croesus — showing off his riches and sumptuous palace — asked Solon who the happiest man in the world was, arrogantly assuming Solon’s answer would be the king himself. But the king was disappointed and angry when Solon named [...]

The Personal Items 6 Famous Dictators Left Behind

The recent Libyan uprising has resulted in many serious consequences for Muammar Qaddafi — including the revelation of the various tchotchkes found stashed away in his private compound. There’s a lesson to be had here – if you have some sort of keepsake(s) that you’d rather the rest of the world not know about, then [...]

The Number of the Day: 112

In 2009, ABC News found 112 different spellings of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s name. Related Fact: The longest was Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi. [Source: ABC News. Image Credit: Inacio Rosa/epa/Corbis. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]