Bizarre Facts to Put History into Perspective

Posted by , Updated on March 24, 2024

Oddly fascinating particulars truly give historical events a more profound grasp! History is really so much more than a dull school subject, it’s actually replete with captivating and startling elements. If you search in the right corners, you might even discover that history can be more gripping than your most beloved sitcom or reality TV program. Still skeptical? Well, I’m aware of your penchant for random tidbits, otherwise, you wouldn’t be the terrific and faithful fan of List25 that you are. Allow me to introduce you to several outlandish facts that are not only random but completely weird and therefore, very cool.

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!



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

king tut

Some Giant Redwoods are older than the pyramids.

giant redwoods

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


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

alaskan mtn

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

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

roman army

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

roman empire 117

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

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

railroad stalingrad

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

Of the 11 deadliest wars in history, 9 were in China.

chinese phantom army

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


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

mlk speaking

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


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


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

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

baseball player

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


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

Julius Wagner-Jauregg

All British tanks since 1945 have been equipped with the ability to make tea.

soldiers drinking tea

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