Facts in History that are Actually Interesting (25 pics)

Posted in Interesting       23 Dec 2013       15039       3

The pyramids are so old, that even King Tut would most likely have referred to them as "ancient"

Some Giant Redwoods are older than the pyramids

After ruling Egypt for hundreds of years, Cleopatra was the first in her family to learn Egyptian

Alaska was the only part of America to be occupied by Axis troops in WWII

It has been calculated that in the last 3,000 years there have only been 240 years of peace throughout the civilized world

Julius Caeser's army once split apart to perform a flanking manuever and spent hours in a standoff against itself

At its height, the Roman Empire was 2.5 million square miles. It was only the 19th largest empire in history

Speaking of empires, Warners Bros. was founded only a few months before the fall of the Ottoman Empire

In one afternoon during the Battle of Stalingrad a railway station switched between German and Soviet control fourteen times.

The Soviets used dogs strapped with explosives as anti tank weapons. Sometimes, however, the dogs would run back and explode among the Soviets.

It is said that for every American killed during World War II about 21 Soviet soldiers were killed.

Of the 11 deadliest wars in history, 9 were in China.

Sunglasses were actually invented by the Chinese but not to block the sun. They were used by judges in courtrooms to hide their emotions

At the time of the Roman Empire babies were nearly 20 times more likely to be born with a tail than they are today

John Tyler, who became the 10th president of the United States in 1841 has two living grandchildren

The last widow of a Civil War soldier died in 2003. Gertrude Janeway was 18 when she married 81 year old John Janeway in 1927

When she died she was still receiving a monthly check for $70 from the Veterans Administration for a military pension earned by her late husband on the Union side of the American Civil War. The amount spanned three centuries

On the night of his assassination Martin Luther King had a pillow fight in his motel room

On the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, he signed the Secret Service into existence

Napoleon was actually taller than the average Frenchman

The current U.S. flag was designed by 17 year old Robert Heft for a school project. He received a B minus. When the president selected his design the teacher changed his grade to an A

Baseball was actually invented in Britain in 1755, three decades before the commonly accepted date

The pyramids were originally completely coated in white marble with 24k gold caps on top

In 1927 a Nazi physician named Julius won the Nobel Prize for curing syphilis by giving people malaria

All British tanks since 1945 have been equipped with the ability to make tea

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Comments (3):

gigantes 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#22 from what i've read, ball and stick games date back many centuries before that. also, i don't believe it was called baseball until much later, anyway.
Defektchef 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#24 The physican's name was actually Julius Wagner-Jauregg (austrian), he died in 1940. He got his noble prize for giving people malaria _immunization_. According to Wikipedia he was under suspicion to be in some connection with the nazi party, but apparently never a member himself. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Wagner-Jauregg

I really do hope all the other "facts" are more accurate than this one...
posadnik 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
no, never.