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.


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


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


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.


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.


Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.