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People Share The Best Historical Facts They Know

History is one of the most fascinating topics to delve deep into. Unfortunately, most people only remember history as the less-exciting reading class from school where they were forced to remember a lot of uninteresting facts about a lot of uninteresting people. Fortunately, once you move past American history (BURN!), you'll find the world is filled with more captivating tales of people and nature than we could imagine.

Reddit user, u/UncreativePotato143, wanted to hear something unheard of when they asked:

What's a fun history fact that not many people know?

A Polite Way To Go

Marie Antoinette's last words were "I'm sorry". She accidentally stepped on the foot of the executioner before she was beheaded.


Actual words were: "Pardon moi, monsieur."


To correct your correction, she's quoted as saying "Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l'ai pas fait exprès!" ("Forgive me, sir, I did not do it on purpose.")

I bet that executioner felt like a bit of an a--hole after that.


That's One Way To Intimidate Your Enemies

The fact that the celts would run into battle wearing nothing while yielding swords and shields.

I like to imagine the other army just giving a heroic speech about bravery and honor and run into the battlefield just to see a bunch of overgrown Vikings just charging at them bare as the day they were born 😂


An Inside Look At A 15-Year Old Young Woman

A few pages of Anne Frank's diary is censored in most copies. The reason is that those certain pages contain Anne's thoughts on sex and body exploration which is pretty explicit. There are uncensored versions that are pretty easy to get.


Earn The Respect Of Your Enemies

Alexander the Great (AtG) was was truly surprised when he fought King Porus of India. Porus' war strategy and fighting techniques truly impressed AtG. While Porus lost to AtG in their battle, he was allowed to live with honor. Not only this, AtG, allowed Porus to remain the King of his kingdom however the tax would be paid to the Macedonian empire.


The Cutest Onslaught Of All Time

Once upon a time, the famous conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte was attacked by…bunnies. The emperor had requested that a rabbit hunt be arranged for himself and his men. His chief of staff set it up and had men round up reportedly 3,000 rabbits for the occasion.

When the rabbits were released from their cages, the hunt was ready to go. At least that was the plan! But the bunnies charged toward Bonaparte and his men in a viscous and unstoppable onslaught. And we were taught that Waterloo was the conqueror's greatest defeat


*adjusting tie awkwardly moment

Hitler's moustache used to be a lot bigger, but he was encouraged by his Sister in law to cut it shorter.

His sister stated that 'as with many things, he took it too far'.


Greet The Morning Sun

In ancient Syria, there was a local custom in which the people would hail the sun as it rose every morning. A Roman legion, the III Gallica, picked up the custom while stationed there for a while. In 69 CE, during a series of civil wars known as the Year of the Four Emperors, Titus Flavius Vespasian declared himself emperor and marched on Rome. The Legion III Gallica was one of the legions which rose to support him. The legions of the reigning emperor, Vitellius, met Vespasian's legions at the city of Bedriacum in northern Italy. The armies fought all through the night. In the morning, as the sun rose at dawn, the soldiers of the Legion III Gallica turned and faced east and began to cheer at the rising sun.

Vitellius' forces, not knowing of this Syrian custom, assumed that Vespasian's troops were greeting reinforcements arriving from the east. This caused a collapse of morale among Vitellius' forces, which lost them the battle. It's possible that Vespasian's army would have won the battle anyway, but in the event, it was the III Gallica hailing the sun which decided the battle and the war. The armies of Vitellius disintegrated, Vespasian's armies captured Rome, Vitellius was killed and Vespasian reigned as emperor for the next 10 years.


Punish Nature

Xerxes had the sea whipped when a storm destroyed the construction of a bridge


Coincidence? I. Think...

Not sure if this qualifies as a fun fact but anyway, here goes...

Edgar Allen Poe wrote a novel in 1838 in which 4 shipwrecked survivors, at the point of starvation, choose to resort to cannibalism. So they kill the young cabin boy, Richard Parker, and eat him.

In 1884, a ship called the Mignonette sank. 4 crewmembers survived. At the point of starvation, they killed and ate the youngest of them: Richard Parker.


No One Likes A Sunny Day

The coliseum in Ancient Rome had an extendable shade awning with piped in water to mist attendees on hot days.


Anything To Win The Wars

During world war I both French and German armies had bicycle units.


The Swiss still have bicycle units if memory serves me correctly. The Belgians during the Great War used dogs to pull their machine guns.


How Else Do You Win A War?

The Blitzkrieg, which was used by the Germans in WW2 to take over most of Europe was fueled by crystal meth.

They did this so the soldiers would stay awake for longer periods, but soon it led to an addiction and the soldiers constantly needed it and eventually it led to withdrawal and fatigue.


Wouldn't You Want To Go To One Of These?

In Ancient Greece, there were a lot of gods. One of the gods was Dionysus, the god of wine and theater and fertility.

The Ancient Greeks had festivals dedicated to Dionysus where they would get wasted and wave around model penises.


Upholding The Family Legacy

Charles Darwin's pet turtle recently died in [2006].


Survival of the fittest really did work out, huh?


Still Not A Great War

The Crusades were purely defensive wars- the Middle East and North Africa, were, in fact, Christian lands before Islam came along. Plus, Christianity also predated Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa by 6 centuries.


Wonder What The IRS Had To Say?

Buzz Aldrin - the second person to set foot on the moon - claimed $ 33.31 in travel expenses: Houston > Cape Kennedy > the Moon > Pacific Ocean > Hawaii > Houston.


Ah...Um...Sure. Go For It.

The first fleet to Australia, landing on Jan 26th, consisted of ships divided into male and female convicts. After having been at sea for several months and disembarking onto the beach, there was a good deal of sexual tension, such that it was feared a riot would erupt. In order to prevent this, the Commander gave orders to allow the male and female prisoners to mix- as documented in the ship logs. Thus, the first official act on Australian soil and celebrated annually on Australia Day, was a huge orgy.


Rain, Rain, Go Away

252 million years ago, it rained for 2 million years straight.


Hell yeah! I was just learning about this. It's thought to have jump-started dinosaur evolution by prompting the spread of big f-cking plants. It's called the Carnian Pluvial Event, but it really needs a better and more powerful name, like "DOWNPOUR EARTH!" It has also been called the far less-enthusiastic name "Carnian Humid Episode".

Geologists love to make exciting things sound f-cking boring. Physicists get rad names like black holes and big bangs and supernovas and quarks and sh-t. Geologists are like "This is the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary event". Then another cooler scientist says, "Oh neat. Should we give it a cool name?" Then the geologist goes, "Let's just call it the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary event." And he goes back to silently poking at the dirt.


Jack, Your Boat Is Boring

Most of us are familiar with the tragic story of Titanic. Fewer know of Titanic's older and goofier sister, Olympic, which not only had a long and successful career, but spent an awful lot of it smashing into sh-t!

On leaving Southampton for her fifth Atlantic voyage, Olympic sailed just a wee bit close to Royal Navy warship HMS Hawke, scraping off the warship's bow ram. Hawke was severely damaged, while Olympic shrugged it off (despite being holed in two places) and sailed back to Belfast under her own steam for repairs. These repairs delayed Titanic's launch for several weeks.

During the First World War, Olympic was temporarily repurposed as a troop transport. But she had a thirst for blood! During one crossing, after sighting a German U-boat attempting to torpedo her, the liner threw a sharp turn and ran the f-cker over. The U-boat U103 was punctured by Olympic's propeller and sunk. Olympic suffered a few dents and a twisted prow, but was not breached. Olympic earned the distinction of being the only merchant ship to sink an enemy vessel during the war.

Fast forward to New York harbour 1924, and Olympic collided with another ship which dared cross her path. The Italian ship Fort St George suffered extensive damage and Olympic, which appeared unscathed at the time, later had to have her entire stern frame replaced.

(Incidentally, during this refit a mysterious dent was found below Olympic's waterline. This was confirmed to be from a torpedo that had hit the liner during the war a decade earlier and not detonated. Olympic didn't bat an eyelid.)

Nine years later Olympic joined the long list of ships that had collided with the Nantucket lightship. Not content with just this however, Olympic decided to better the rest of them, hitting the lightship amidships and cutting it clean in two. Seven of the lightship's crew perished.

Eventually the only thing that could stop this maniac of the ocean wasn't nature, or the laws of physics, but the economy. Transatlantic travel took a major hit during the Depression, and Olympic was scrapped when she could no longer compete with more modern and efficient liners. She had been terrorising the high seas for 24 years.

It's a shame really that of Titanic and her two sisters, most of us are familiar only with the less interesting one!


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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.