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

Posted by , Updated 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.

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15

In 1912, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise money—the prizes were live babies.

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14

A New Orleans man hired a pirate to rescue Napoleon from his prison on St. Helena.

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13

The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day”, in other words, “Day-Day”

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12

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade.

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11

When the American Civil War started, Confederate Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. Union general U.S. Grant did.

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