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Like most amazing things, it all started with one viral tweet. "Help, my students are referring to Joseph Stalin as Joseph the Stallion after I showed them pictures of young Stalin," a hapless 10th grade teacher Tweeted. Since then, Twitter has been in a frenzy sharing flashback photos of some of our favorite (and most hated) historical figures in their physical prime because, let's face it: many of those grey-haired, middle-aged men in our high school history textbooks were once… hot!. Here’s a compilation of the top-tier historical hotties that made us do a double-take:

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1. "Joseph Thee Stallion"

 

2. Charlie Chaplin

 

3. Fidel Castro

 

4. FDR Junior

 

5. James Early Jones

 

6. Lewis Thornton Powell

 

7. President Joe Biden

 

8. Hermann Rorschach

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9. Richard Nixon

 

10. Dalai Lama

 

11. Anton Chekhov

 

12. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

 

13. Che Guevara

 

14. Czar Nicholas II & George V

 

15. Zhou Enlai

Top Photo: Gaeneric / Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Safaryn is a fourth-year student at New York University, studying Media & Communications. She lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and enjoys learning/writing about feminist representation in cinema and social media. You can follow her at @lizsafaryn

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