25 Things You Won’t Believe Actually Happened In History

Did you know that the ancient Romans used urine as mouth wash? These are 25 things you won’t believe actually happened in history!

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During the middle ages dentures were made of teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers

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When he lost his leg Mexican General Santa Anna held a state funeral for it

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When one of his concubines slept with someone else, Ibrahim I of the Ottoman Empire had all 300 of his concubines drowned

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In Ancient Rome they didn't use Listerine, they used human urine

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21

During an Aztec temple dedication in 1487 over 20,000 people were killed

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20

In Ancient Egypt servants were covered in honey to keep flies away from pharaoh

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19

Before the 19th century animals were often put on trial

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18

If a Japanese Samurai lost a battle or was capture he would disembowel himself. This was known as seppuku

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Peter the Great had his wife's lover executed and then made her keep his head in her room, preserved in a jug of alcohol.

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Europeans during the 15th century ate corpses because they thought it would heal their sicknesses

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In the early 1900s many tobacco companies ran physician endorsed smoking ads

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14

The An Lushan rebellion in China (755 AD) saw over 30 million people die. That was nearly a sixth of the world population

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13

At the start of World War I the US Air Force only had 18 pilots

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12

Kim Jong Il wrote 6 operas

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11

England and Zanzibar once went to war for 38 minutes.

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10

Most British tanks since World War II are fully equipped...to make tea

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If Mansa Musa I of Mali (ruled in 1300s) was alive today he would be worth 400 billion USD and is widely considered to be the richest man in history

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8

In 1982 Key West declared that it was seceding from the US. It then declared war, immediately followed by peace, and then asked for $1 billion in aid. The entire ordeal was symbolic.

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7

Saddam Hussein was given the key to the city of Detroit

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6

In the last 3,500 years the civilized world has only seen about 200 years of significant peace

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5

Seven out of ten of the deadliest wars in history were fought in China

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The Mayans sacrificed people by pulling their still beating hearts out of their chests

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When some pharaohs in Ancient Egypt died they were sealed into their tombs along with all of their still-alive servants

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2.5% of the American population perished during the American Civil War

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Roman Emperor Commodus once rounded up all of the disabled people in Rome and had them fight to the death in the Colosseum

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