Like history? Well, you’re in luck, because there’s a whole lot of it to discover. Close your eyes and dip into this grab bag of historical facts. Well, don’t close your eyes—you're going to need them to read this list. Shall we get started? Bizarre History Facts:
1. Like Caviar, But Really Dead
And also it’s People Today, the rich have plastic surgery, liposuction, and blood transfusions. But back in the 16th century, the wealthy used to eat dead bodies, thinking that (somehow) the cadavers could cure diseases. The highest delicacy of all these bodies? Why Egyptian mummies of course.
2. Can’t Take it With You Dentures:
What would old people and hockey players do without them? Well, until the mid-1800s, dentures, aesthetically pleasing as they may be, we're often made of teeth pulled from deceased soldiers. Hey, they’re not using them, right?
3. Gold Teeth George Washington, however, had luxury dentures:
They were reportedly made out gold, lead, and ivory, and were a mix of human and animal chompers. But no wood!
4. Fly Catchers
As if fanning someone all day with a leaf wasn’t hard enough work, in Ancient Egypt, servants were often lathered in honey to keep flies attracted to them and not the Pharaoh.
5. And Don’t Forget to Floss:
Pour out another one for ancient dental hygiene: in ancient Rome, it was normal to use urine as mouthwash. At least they were trying to use mouthwash?
6. Tea Time
During the Victorian period, many teacups had special guards on the top to keep men's mustaches from becoming dipped in the tea. Fittingly, they were called mustache cups.
7. Keys to the VIP:
So Stalin has two Nobel Peace nominations, Hitler was a PETA-loving vegetarian, what else can surprise you? Well, Saddam Hussein was given the keys to the city of Detroit in 1980. Look, I don’t make the facts, I just tell them.
8. Birthday Boys:
Two titans of their time also share a big day: President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, author of Origin of Species, were born on the same day: February 12, 1809.
9. Senator Horseman Conquerors love their horses
And Roman Emperor Gaius—you might know him as Caligula— even went so far as to make his horse a senator, and wanted to eventually make it a consul.
10. The Big Smoke Winston Churchill
typically smoked eight to ten cigars a day, sometimes as much as fifteen. That’s cigars, not even cigarettes.
11. Wake Up Call Before:
Modern technology made their profession all but obsolete, people would hire “knocker-ups” to wake them for work; these knocker-ups would generally tap a long stick at their clients’ windows. This still sounds better than being woken up by the default Apple alarm ring tone, to be honest.
12. Sweet Dreams:
After a long day working on the Great Pyramids, Ancient Egyptians liked to get into bed, unwind, and lay their heads on a nice comfy rock. That’s right, they used rock slabs for their pillows.
13. Chuman In the 1920s:
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov unsuccessfully attempted to create a human/chimpanzee hybrid by using artificial insemination. The various names for this hybrid? A Humanzee, a Chuman, and a Manpanzee. Pick your favorite!
14. Ward of the Small Hitler:
like many members of the Nazi party, he was vehemently against cruelty towards animals and was a strict vegetarian. If only he’d applied that logic to any other part of his life.
15. I Come in Peace:
Much like Hitler, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin is not much known for his kindness and mercy; this is, after all, a man who ordered the Purges on his people, resulting in around twenty million deaths. But guess what? Dude was nominated for a Nobel Peace Price in 1945. And then again in 1948. That’s right, I don’t have a single Peace Price nomination, and Joseph freaking Stalin has two. I’m just saying, I didn’t kill millions of people.