You’ve probably learned a bit of history in high school or college. Maybe you thought it was just too boring to pay attention, but today we’re going to change that. There are some things that happened in our not-so-distant past that are just hard to believe. These include everything from some of the bloodiest uprisings in history to the fact that ketchup was at one point used as medicine.
It’s true what they say, if you don’t know history, you’re doomed to repeat it, and if we were to really repeat some of what has happened in the last several thousand years, that would be a massive step backwards for mankind. Therefore, in order to become better educated citizens, we at List25 have decided to review the most unbelievable and ridiculous points in our history and share them with you, our readers. In doing so, we are performing our civic duty to create a better world.
Okay, that was a bit overblown. We’re really just trying to brighten your day a little bit and give you something interesting to read. So, whether you’re a history buff or not, these are 25 Real Historical People And Events That Seem Almost Fictional!
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Wilmer Mclean's Farm
The first battle of the American Civil War, Bull Run, started on Wilmer Mclean’s farm. To get away from the fighting, he moved his family over a hundred miles to Appomattox Court House in Virginia. On April 9, 1865, he got a knock on the door asking if the South’s surrender could be negotiated in his house, so the war both started and ended on his property.
This Danish nobleman was kidnapped by his uncle at a young age (his parents apparently didn’t care). He owned a pet elk until it got drunk, fell down a staircase, and died. And he allegedly died due to bladder issues after refusing to use the bathroom.
The Tulip Bubble
During the 17th Century, the price of tulips in the Netherlands skyrocketed with some costing more than an entire house. Needless to say, this was one of the first examples of a financial bubble that we have on record. And yes, the bubble eventually burst when people quit buying such ridiculously expensive tulips.
Washington DC (circa 1812)
Right after the British burned it down in 1812, it was hit with a hurricane and a tornado…simultaneously.
During World War II, the allies took a dead, homeless man out of the morgue, dressed him up as a high ranking military officer, and threw his body overboard off the coast of Spain. It was intended to mislead the Nazi’s about possible landing points for future invasions.