Radu cel Frumos: The Queer Brother Nobody Cares Dracula Had

  Imagine being this guy: his brother is Dracula. And that’s generally where the commentary stops. Alternatively, imagine being this guy: he and Sultan Mehmed II were lovers. And that’s generally where the commentary stops. ‘Cel Frumos’ translates to ‘the beautiful.’ It was applied to the younger brother of Vlad III Dracula, best known for… […]

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Porphyria’s Lover

The best of dyes was once considered to be Tyrian purple. You get it by ‘milking’ a sea snail: agitating it to induce the secretion that can be boiled into dye. Of course, you can also crush the snails and their shells and boil that, but it takes thousands of snails to make the least […]

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