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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.

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