The Sacred Band of Thebes

The elite of the Theban army that repeatedly demonstrated their superiority to the famous Spartans, the Sacred Band was made up of 150 gay couples


Translated as ‘the slit-mouthed woman’, Kuchisake-onna is a malevolent spirit from Japanese folklore

The Devil’s Footprints

What was responsible for strange, cloven footprints in snow that appeared overnight over many miles?

The Belay

How one climber saved the lives of the entire 1953 US Karakoram Expedition on K2

The execution of Jean Calas

Two years after his brutal torture and execution for the murder of his son, a French merchant was found to be innocent

The Black Dinner

The murder of two young Scottish nobles served as the inspiration for Game of Throne’s ‘Red Wedding’

The Cauld Lad of Hylton

Believed to have been put to death by the Baron Hylton, the ghost of a stable boy is said to haunt a castle in North-East England

The Ratman of Southend

A popular urban legend in the English seaside town of Southend, the ratman is said to be ghostly creature that inhabits a dilapidated underpass.

The Six Labours of Theseus

Traveling the dangerous road to Athens, Theseus fought and overcame six enemies, making his name as a hero in the process