Bizarre Facts to Put History into Perspective

Posted by , Updated on December 11, 2018

Bizarre facts really do put history into perspective! So much more than a boring high school subject, history is actually full intriguing and shocking details. If you look in the right places, you might even find that history is more interesting than your favorite sitcom or reality TV show. Don’t believe me? Well, I know you like random details, otherwise you wouldn’t be the awesome and loyal List25 fan that you are. Let me show you a few bizarre facts that are not only random but totally bizarre and therefore awesome.

As you might suspect, the history you learned was probably too boring to properly shape your paradigm. Not only that, it’s possible that what you learned was missing a few historical facts that could really change your concept of time. Luckily, I’m here today to educate you on things like what the pyramids looked like when they were first built and shock you with how close the end of the Ottoman Empire coincided with the start of Warner Bros Studios. Are you ready to be schooled with some really cool history facts? I thought so. Here are Bizarre Facts to Put History into Perspective!

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

king tut
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Some Giant Redwoods are older than the pyramids.

giant redwoods
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Despite her family ruling Egypt for hundreds of years, Cleopatra was the first in her family to learn Egyptian.

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

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

war concept
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Julius Caesar's army once split apart to perform a flanking maneuver and spent hours in a standoff against itself.

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

roman empire 117
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Speaking of empires, Warner Bros. was founded only a few months before the fall of the Ottoman Empire. (April 4th, 1923 vs. July 24th, 1943)

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

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

A Soviet T-80 tank with reactive armor
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Of the 11 deadliest wars in history, 9 were in China.

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

sunglasses
8

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

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

lincoln
6

While the rumor is that Napoleon was short, he was actually taller than the average Frenchman.

napolean
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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.

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

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

pyramid
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In 1927, a Nazi physician named Julius Wagner-Jauregg won the Nobel Prize for curing syphilis by giving people malaria.

Julius Wagner-Jauregg
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All British tanks since 1945 have been equipped with the ability to make tea.

soldiers drinking tea


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