25 Strange Facts From History You Probably Didn’t Learn In School

Posted by on April 8, 2014

From Napoleon being attacked by a pack of wild rabbits to a war that lasted less than 40 minutes, these are 25 strange facts from history you probably didn’t learn in school.



5

Arabic numerals (the ones used in English) were not invented by the Arabs at all – they were actually invented by Indian mathematicians.

4

The Parliament of Iceland is the oldest still acting parliament in the world. It was established in 930.

3

Despite the terrible nature of and damage caused by the 1666 Great Fire of London, only 8 people were killed. This is despite the fire destroying at least 13,500 houses.

2

Soon after building started in 1173, the foundation of the Pisa tower settled unevenly. Construction was stopped, and was continued only a 100 years later. Therefore, the leaning tower was never straight.



1

Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.