NSFW Details About Historical Figures Left Out Of History Books

NSFW Details About Historical Figures Left Out Of History Books
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It's very popular to create rumors about certain historical figures to which there is no concrete evidence.

Such as the sexual orientation of Abraham Lincoln or the alleged illicit behavior of Lewis Carroll and Hans Christian Andersen.

Understandably, these mostly baseless, though not necessarily false, theories are left out of history books.

However, there are facts about legends of history which have, indeed, been proven true, but are also left out of history books.

Namely, because it's not the sort of information many would consider in polite conversation, let alone be talked about in schools.

Even if it is no less fascinating than anything else we might learn.


Redditor waxlrose was curious to learn about all the juicy, overlooked details of historical figures guaranteed to make others blush, leading them to ask:


"What’s a NSFW detail about a historical figure that’s normally left out of the history books?"

Dubious Contributions To The War Effort...

"During WW1, sex workers in Britain were more expensive if they had STD's."

"This was because if a soldier hired them and got infected, the soldier could be honorably discharged, and not have to fight in war."- KaleBrew

Talk About A Huge Relief...

"Ancient Egyptians believed the god Atum created the universe by pleasuring himself to ejaculation, and that the ebb and flow of the Nile corresponded to how much."

"To honor this, the pharaohs ceremonially pleasured themselves into the river."- -weef

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The Downside Of Their Journey...

"Lewis and Clark described the screaming sh*ts that they got from eating unfamiliar food (camas) in detail in their journals."- ayriana

Shameful Thanks For A Hero

"After Alan Turing cracked the enigma code, essentially ending WW2 years earlier than expected and saving countless lives, he was thanked by the British government in the form of chemical castration."

"All because he was a gay man."- Dangerjayne

Talk About Man About Town...

"Probably said here elsewhere, but Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame among other tales, was a notorious philanderer who had affairs on top of affairs with sex workers throughout his life."

"When he died, ALL of the brothels in Paris had to close because so many attended his funeral."- JLWilco

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None Of Our Business What They Got Up To In Private...

"Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a submissive bottom."

"In one note, never before published in Russian or English, Tchaikovsky wrote of a young servant 'with whom I am more in love than ever', adding: 'My God, what an angelic creature and how I long to be his slave, his plaything, his property!'". Reddit

The Secret Lives Of The Founding Fathers

"Patrick Henry, the American founding father better known for his quote, 'give me liberty or give me death', kept his wife imprisoned in a cellar because of her frequent outbursts due to postpartum depression."

"His wife had eventually died in that cellar, and he had buried her in an unmarked grave."

"10/10 quote but the wife killing part always seems to get left out of history texts."- sortatoxic

"Ben Franklin was a notorious flirt, and hit on and/or ploughed just about every woman he ever met."

"Single women, married women, young women, old women, women of title, women of the royal line."

"Protestant women, Catholic women."

"All of them."- TheLastIronMan

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Taken To Heaven... Just Not Back...

"French President Félix Faure died during oral sex"- Wiesterfeler

His Bubble Was Bound To Burst Eventually...

"It's said that Henry VIII 'exploded' in his coffin."

"Dogs then licked up the Henry juice."- B1LMAN

It's understandable why most of this information is left out of history books.

Particularly those used in schools.

Even if it might make students' attention might be a bit more attentive...

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