Historical Facts

Historical Facts

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    Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
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    The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
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    In medieval Italy, if a man was caught kissing a woman in public, he had to marry her whether he liked it or not.
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    To take an oath, ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles
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    Until President Kennedy was killed, it wasn't a federal crime to assassinate the President.

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    In 585 BC, a solar eclipse occurred in the middle of a battle between the Lydians and the Medes. They promptly ceased fighting and signed a peace treaty.
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    Recently, archaeologists excavating in the old medieval town of Odense in Denmark uncovered 700-year-old barrels of poop - and, to their surprise, they still smelt.
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    In 2007, the 5000-year-old skeletal remains of two lovers embracing each other were found at Mantua.
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    Picasso’s full name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
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    Ancient Greeks believed that redheads turned into vampires after they died.
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    Mahatma Gandhi used to travel with his goat so that he could have fresh milk.
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    Napoleon Bonaparte thought torture should be abolished because the information obtained from it is worthless.
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    In Ancient Greece, small penises were desirable, and big ones were for ‘old men and barbarians’
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    During World War 1, Harry Houdini took 1 year off performing to help sell war bonds and teach american soldiers how to escape from German handcuffs.
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    Pineapples were such a status symbol in 18th century England that you could rent one for the evening to take to a party.
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    Early American humans hunted car-size armadillos and used their shells for houses.
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    In 1518, a "dancing plague" struck Strasbourg, Alsace, whereby hundreds of people danced fervently in the streets over the period of a month. Some suffered heart attacks or strokes, and many others died from sheer exhaustion. It remains unexplained.
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    In 2011, a couple bought a box of textbooks for $10. Inside, they found a 25-cent bill signed by the president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, and subsequently sold it for $63,250.
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    Leonardo Da Vinci loved animals so much that he used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.
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    The exact cause of death and burial site of Genghis Khan is unknown, because all of the 2000 funeral guests and 800 soldiers were killed in order to preserve the secret.
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    In 1700s, the deer skin was a common medium of exchange between the trading settlers and the native Red Indians in America. This is how a buck became a slang for a dollar.
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    The site where the Parthenon was built had to be cleared of hundreds of dinosaur bones (then called giants' bones) before construction could begin.
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    A monk had once written over a book that contained information about calculus that was written by Archimedes in ancient Greece that could have made us 100 or even 1000 years more mathematically and technologically advanced.
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    In 1958, a nuclear bomb was lost somewhere along the swampy coast of Georgia. Its whereabouts remain a mystery to this day.
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    Before clocks, there were candle clocks that, when burned, indicated the passage of periods of time. To set an alarm, you pushed a nail into the desired point and the nail would fall and clank on the metal holder.
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    France’s King Louis XIV was offered biological weapons by an Italian chemist. He not only refused, but also paid the chemist an annual salary to never reveal the technology to anyone else.
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    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: spades - King David, clubs - Alexander the Great, hearts - Charlemagne, and diamonds - Julius Caesar.
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    There is a 600 year old 240 paged book called the Voynich Manuscript, that’s written language is still completely unknown today.
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    Al Capone's armored limousine, after being seized by the feds, was later used to protect Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), 32nd President of the US, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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    Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
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    During the Cold War, the US had planned to detonate a nuclear weapon on the moon.
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    Modern humans first appeared about 200,000 years ago, but record keeping didn't begin until about 6,000 years ago. That means about 97% of human history is lost.
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    There's a bar in Ireland (presently named Sean’s Bar) that was opened in 900AD.
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    A female photographer in the 50s took tens of thousands of pictures and remained remained unknown until her death. She is now considered one of the most important street photographers ever.
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    There was a bear called Wojtek who was adopted by Polish soldiers during WW2. It carried ammunition, wrestled with soldiers, and drank beer.
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    If Earth’s history were condensed into 24 hrs, life would’ve appeared at around 4am, land plants at 10:24pm, dinosaur extinction at 11:41pm, and human history would’ve began at 11:58:43pm.
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    A singing birthday card has more computing power than the allied forces in 1945.
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    The University of Oxford (teaching since 1096) predates the Aztec empire (1428 - 1521).
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    Leonardo Da Vinci made a robotic lion in 1515 that would walk, sway, open its mouth and move its tail - it even had a compartment that opened to present flowers.
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    The handbook issued to US soldiers in Britain during WW2 included the line "The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap."
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    In the Victorian era, they had special tea cups that protected your moustache from getting dunked in your tea.
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    No one knows who invented the fire hydrant, because its patent was burned in a fire.
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    There are pictures of Knights fighting Snails in old Medieval manuscripts - and nobody knows why.
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    In 1918, after the treaty of Versailles (end of WWI), the French Commander-in-chief said "This is not a peace. It is an Armistice for 20 years." 20 years and 65 days later, WWII happened.
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    In 1542, French aristocrat Marguerite De La Rocque survived being marooned for 2 years alone on a remote island off the coast of Quebec.

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