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History sure is one crazy subject. I mean, that’s everything, right? Every single thing that’s ever happened is history!
So you know all you need to do is a little digging to come across some crazy historical facts.
Because sometimes it’s not about the big important events, but the little silly ones that were going on behind the scenes. After all, if you have enough small events, they all add up to the big ones!
Maybe you think we’re making some of this stuff up, but I guarantee all of these facts are on the level. They’re all absolutely 100% true!
Keep reading these wacky facts, to find out that history is WAY stranger than you thought it was.
You might have heard of the Roman Emporer Caligula
He made one of his favorite horses a senator. See, I told you calling my cat President Mittens wasn’t crazy!
There’s a GIANT mushroom in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest
Its root system covers over 2,200 acres, making it the largest living organism in the world!
Albert Einstein was asked to be president of Israel when the country was formed in 1948
But he said no thanks!
Heroin was once a perfectly acceptable medicine!
It was prescribed by doctors as a cure for everything from coughs to headaches.
Things were pretty grim before dentures were invented
Teeth were pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers for use as prosthetics, so you’d have a mouth full of a dead guy’s teeth! Eww!
In 1929, researchers at Princeton University claimed they had turned a living cat into a telephone
Just to be clear, this isn’t a picture of what they made.
Pope Gregory IX (who was made pope in 1227) was a fun guy
While he was in power, he declared that cats were associated with devil worship, and had as many as he could find rounded up and exterminated.
That came back to bite him in the butt
It’s believed that there were no cats to catch rats, this helped spread the bubonic plague. The Black Death went on to killed hundreds of millions of people in the 1300s, wiping out half of the population of Europe.
Russian dictator Joseph Stalin often had photos retouched
This was to remove people who had died or been removed from office… and by ‘removed from office’, we mean killed by Stalin’s government.
Do you know how long the shortest war in history lasted?
That would be the Anglo-Zanzibar War, which lasted a brief 38 minutes. All’s well that ends well!
One fact about President Ronald Reagan that everybody knows is that he was a movie actor
But did you know that he was also a prolific lifeguard? During his time on the job, Reagan saved 77 people from drowning!
Ever seen pictures of the Guanajuato Mummies before?
Researchers believe that their terrible expressions are the result of them being buried alive!
These are Klerksdorp spheres
These strange objects that have been dug up near Ottosdal in South Africa. They’re billions of years old, and so far nobody has been able to fully explain the markings on their sides.
Winston Churchill was barely ever pictured without his famous cigar, right?
Well, he loved cigars so much he would smoke about 10 a day! Now THAT’S how you make something your trademark!
A famous native American named Blackbird was said to have loved his horse so much that when he died he was buried sitting on top of it!
I hope the horse was dead already too.
The largest bird ever to exist was this overgrown chicken!
It had a wingspan of almost 20 feet, so it could probably kick your ass, if the last one didn’t die about 60 million years ago.
Before the alarm clock was invented, there were human alarms
The person who has this job was called a “knocker-up”. They were hired to shoot dried peas from a blow gun at people’s windows to wake them up in the morning. I bet they got punched pretty often.
This is Russian mystic Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
He supposedly survived being poisoned, shot, and stabbed numerous times before he was finally drowned in the Volga river. Tough guy!
Check out this mysterious ancient monument
It bears the inscription “DOUOSVAVVM”, which was apparently left behind by the Knights Templar as a means of finding the Holy Grail.
In Spain, they used to employ a form of torture called the Spanish Donkey
Victims had to sit straddling a board, while the torturers tied increasingly heavy weights to their legs. Yowch.
Who’s ready for another torture fact?
The ancient Mayans sacrificed people by pulling their still-beating hearts out of their chests. Gross!
Former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was a great lover of music
He is said to have composed six operas while he was in office, if North Korea is to be believed.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has NEVER been straight!
The foundation began to sink when they started on the second floor. The builders just figured screw it and kept on going.
Do you know where the term “hooker” comes from?
The use of the word “hooker” as a term for a prostitute actually originated with Civil War General Joseph Hooker, who brought ladies of the night along on campaigns, to keep his company… well… company.
King Tutankhamun’s parents were actually related
This happened a lot in ancient royal bloodlines. They were actually brother and sister, according to DNA taken from his mummified body, which meant he was disfigured due to inbreeding. He also probably had malaria. Quite a catch!
During the Great Depression, people were often so poor they made their clothes out of potato sacks
Seeing this, distributors actually made their sacks more colorful, to help people at least be somewhat fashionable. That’s actually pretty nice of them!
Chinese women used to painfully bind their feet like this
It was to make them appear smaller and more feminine.