The Bizarre Truth: Surprising Facts From History (30 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       19 Jan 2023       4357       11 GALLERY VIEW
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"If we held a minute of silence for every victim of the Holocaust, the world would be silent for 11.5 years. It’s crazy to visualize the mass amount of human loss from this event."

 

"Elizabeth II was on the throne for over a quarter of the United States' existence."

 

"There were archaeologists in *Ancient* Egypt studying about *even more* ancient Egypt."

 

"Read about this a few years ago:

In 1943 a group of German sailors on a U-Boat emplaced a weather station on the Canadian coast (Labrador) so the Germans could more accurately predict the weather for military operations (since weather in the Northern hemisphere generally moves west-to-east.) The weather station was marked with fake signs indicating that it was a Canadian military facility and for unauthorized personnel to keep out.

The weather station was eventually discovered by the Canadians.......In 1977."

 

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"The first battle of the American Civil War was fought on land owned by a Mr. Wilmer McLean. After the battle he decided to move further out in the country to avoid the war...where four years later Gen. Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant in Mr. McLeans house. The war started and ended on his property."

 

"University of Oxford is older than the Aztec Empire."

 

"We live closer in time to TRex than TRex did to Stegosaurus. Dinosaurs were here forever."

 

"King George III known as the ‘Mad King’ apparently suffered severe mental illness the majority of his life. He was tied to chairs, gagged, bled, left in freezing rooms to try and ‘treat’ him.

In 2005, DNA testing on his hair found extremely high levels of lead and arsenic. Medications he was being given for other ailments sent him insane for a slow likely painful death"

 

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"The entire country of Malta was awarded the George Cross for its efforts in WWII. It's still on their flag."

 

"The rings of Saturn are younger than Stegosauruses.

Stegosauruses roamed the earth ~150-180 million years ago. Saturn's rings have only existed for ~100 million years."

 

"Bobby Leach was the second person to ever go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He survived, but his injuries kept him hospitalized for six months.

He died 15 years later from injuries sustained after he slipped on an orange peel."

 

"The first 200 000 years or so of being highly sentient human beings are lost in history. We only know the last circa 2000-4000 years from texts.

The first recorded joke - a fart joke that is 4000 years old - uses the term "since time immemorial" (or the sumerian version). Even though one should not take that literally, it suggests that you could travel back in time to find people consider their civilization ancient already.

And it was. When that joke was written down in cuneiform, the pyramid of Djoser had already been standing for 700 years. And when **that** pyramid was built, the city of Catal Höyuk was 3000-5000 years old!

And still, that was built during *the latest 2.5% of human history*.

We have lost so goddam much that it hurts to think of it."

 

"Sharks have been on earth far longer than trees. The first sharks arose over 100 million years before the first tree."

 

"There are funguses that cover entire forest floors that work like a neural network, for both themselves and the trees. If the fungus is say, ingured by a dog on one end, trees on the other end will increase their bark for additional protection."

 

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"The head of German military intelligence during WW2 was providing the Allies with intel."

 

"Between the 16th and 18th century, slave ships from Africa raided the Mediterranean and enslaved up to a million people. Sometimes entire islands were captured and taken away. Raids were made on seaside towns of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, England, the Netherlands and as far away as Iceland, capturing men, women and children. It was so bad that people stopped living on long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy."

 

 

"Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim in the ocean and just disappeared. To honour him we now have the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre."

 

"Albert Einstein turned down the presidency of Israel."

 



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Sally 1 year ago
#30 Why is Rudy Guliani passing the bar exam a surprising fact from history? He was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
       
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Marvin 1 year ago
Sally, He kicked the crud out of the mafia there.
       
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Cene 1 year ago
#5 The caption doesn't match the photo. wassat

#21 "Oh, Really?" sm_80
       
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Loren 1 year ago
Cene,

Your comment regarding #5... If you were to research "Ecclestiastes", a book in the Old Testament, you might understand the connection.
       
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Scotty 1 year ago
Loren,
Perhaps coincidentally. But it's true, the caption doesn't match the photo. It's simply a mistake.
       
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Constance 1 year ago
#14 Where are my reparations from Africa?
       
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Midge 1 year ago
space years and temps are always a guess.. by the time we actually sent stuff out there we realized it was 1000degrees off.
       
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Sabrina 1 year ago
Midge,
you were never a part of we and are personaly wrong on this
       
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Hermione 1 year ago
#11 Not to worry, bud, there really wasn't a lot to tell. People found food, ate food, fought each other, f@#ked, and made sacrifices to strange gods. Things haven't changed all that much, really.
       
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June 1 year ago
#1 what about the victims of Stalin and Mao? that would be decades long
       
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Pheney 1 year ago
June,

Those victims don't have a lot of influence in Hollywood, so even thought there have been many mass genocides in human history, all we ever hear about is the holocaust.
Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over......
       
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