People Share The Most Ridiculous Historical Facts They Know
A long time ago, in a land far, far away (AKA Ancient Greece), it was believed that redheads turned into vampires when they died. This was because redheads are naturally pale and sensitive to sunlight, both of which are characteristics of fabled vampires.
This is known as a ridiculous historical fact. I only know it because of research I did for a paper back in high school.
Apparently, there are a lot of ridiculous historical facts, and Reddit users know a lot of them!
Curious to find out exactly what facts they know, Redditor yeet42021 asked:
“What are some ridiculous history facts?”
Car Accidents Can Never Be Avoided
"In 1895, the entire state of Ohio had only 2 cars."
"Both cars managed to still smash into each other"
"And apparently no one here has learned how to drive better since."
Never Forgot The Scolding
"When Alexander the Great was a child he was reprimanded by a teacher for wastefully throwing two whole fistfuls of rare incense into a sacrificial fire. When he was an adult and captured Gaza, which happened to be the prime agricultural source of the incense he wasted, he sent home 18 tons of it home to the same teacher as a gift."
"Was that a "Have some of this valuable incense!", or a "It's not so rare after all, is it?""
"More like a “F*ck you, I’m Alexander. I’m so great I added it to my name.”"
Shoot Me Twice, Shame On You
"Former US President Andrew Jackson was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him.(smaller history fact this was the first assassination attempt on a US President). The man pulled the trigger and the cap went off but the gunpowder failed to light. The man pulled a second gun and fired, but the gunpowder again failed to light. The assassin tried to get away, but not before Andrew Jackson got him and beat the sh*t out of him with a cane."
"Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day."
"July 4th, 1826. The 50th Anniversary of them both signing the declaration of Independence."
"Adams's last words were: “Thomas Jefferson survives.”"
"He was wrong by about 5 hours."
"The first bomb dropped on Berlin by the British during WW2 claimed no human casualties. But it did kill an elephant."
So Many Interesting Tidbits Here
"When the romans laid siege to Themyscera, a real place weirdly enough, they attempted to tunnel into the city. The Themyscerans released bears into the tunnels."
"RELEASE THE BEARS OF WAR"
"When the Netherlands was occupied by rhe Nazis in 1940 many people fled to Canada, including Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Their daughter, Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa."
"Not knowing if the baby would be male, and hence the heir to the throne, Canada declared the maternity ward of the Ottawa hospital extraterritorial, which means it became an international territory. This meant that the baby would derive its nationality only from its mother, making it 100% Dutch."
"I'm writing a paper on this for Uni right now."
"The Dutch still send thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa as a thank you every year, and as a result, Ottawa has its own tulip festival."
Winter Is Evil
"The longest ever US presidential inauguration speech was made by William Henry Harrison on March 4th, 1841. The day had terrible weather, yet Harrison chose to deliver his speech nonetheless, running 8445 words."
"In fact the speech was so long, and the weather so terrible, that Harrison caught pneumonia and died on April 4th, making him the shortest reigning US president ever"
Well, That Tracks
"The only Japanese passenger on the Titanic, Masabumi Hosono, survived the disaster, only to loose his job for "Not dying honorably like the others.""
"Abraham Lincoln's son (Robert Todd Lincoln) was present at three different presidential assassinations. After McKinley, he decided not to accept any more invitations."
"The entire country of Malta was awarded the George Cross for its efforts in WWII. It's still on their flag."
"Interestingly enough, it sounds like the conditions for the awarding of the cross are kind of similar to how the Knights Hospitallier operated back in the sword and shield days. If you're unfamiliar, they were more or less a precursor to the red cross and the first real paramedics."
"Potatoes were not very popular as a food in France. Like they were seen as fit only for animals. Not only that but they were considered generally not digestible by humans. So a pharmacist named Parmentier knew they were good food and wanted to popularize them among the working class. So he got a 2 acre farm to grow potatoes and placed armed guards around it at all times. People assumed armed guards meant something very valuable was growing there so they began to steal the potatoes."
"That's how potatoes became popular in france's working class."
Forgot to claim peace
"Montenegro technically was in war with Japan for 101 years and they signed a peace treaty in 2006. Montenegro was alligned with Russia in Russo-Japanese War and they declared war on Japan but they forgot to peace."
"Once FDR died, Truman didn’t know about the Manhattan Project, but when he found out he subtly tried to tell Stalin they were working on something big. Stalin was like “yeah dude, I knew before you did.” Since he had so many spies in America."
"Henry Cavendish. The man who was vital in the discovery of gases and discovered hydrogen. He inherited a ton of money from his uncle, and built a special castle, I think. He was incredibly introverted, so it was designed so that he never had to meet or see any of his servants. He communicated with them through notes only. He did, however, appreciate other scientists coming to visit and talk. His works mostly came after his death of course, but I found this guy interesting."
The Rules of Battle
"During the Viking era, there was a leader named Sigurd. He allied with a Viking warlord named Thorstein. He wanted to conquer more land and expand his territory. He had already been very successful in doing so. This was until he feuded with another leader called Máel Bucktoothed or Máel Tusk, as his front two teeth were abnormally large and bucktoothed."
"They decided to settle their matters on the battle field and both agreed on bringing 40 men each for the battle. However, Sigurd ignored the terms and brought 80 men. Bucktoothed had realised he had been betrayed but did not give up. They killed a number of Sigurd’s men, but alas, they were overpowered and were all killed."
"Here’s the catch; after the battle, Sigurd ordered his men to behead all the enemies and tie them to their saddles as trophies. However, as Sigurd rode home in victory, the severed head of Bucktoothed pierced his leg, which lead to an infection, killing him soon after."
Yeah, I would’ve done the same thing.
Do you have any juicy historical tidbits to add? Let us know in the comments below.
People Confess Which Things They Find Attractive That No One Else Does
People have different thoughts on conventional beauty.
Those who focus on another's physical attributes may find a person's eyes stunningly beautiful. Others may be drawn to their manner of dress or how they wear their hair.
And there are those who appreciate one's inner qualities. Perhaps their affable and friendly nature makes someone more attractive.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that's a relief, because it reinforces the notion that in spite of any flaws, there is someone for everyone.
Curious to hear what strangers online go for when superficially evaluating someone, Classic_Potential_66 asked:
"What is something you find attractive that most people don't?"
Noses get the center of attention here.
Who Nose Why It's Attractive To Them
"I kinda like a prominent nose. Not like a really aquiline nose, or a big shnoz. Just, I dunno, prominent. High bridge of the nose. Dominant facial feature. Hard to explain, I just find a good nose really attractive."
Paying Compliments Is Not Weird
"I was taking the bus to work one night from my classes and there was a guy standing a couple feet away from me. I just glanced up at him cause he sort of swayed and it caught my attention (he was falling asleep lol). The first thing I noticed was his nose, and then his eyes. He just had the most perfect looking nose I've ever seen on a man, and he had the brightest green eyes. It wasn't a small nose, but it wasn't huge either, like it was perfect in every single way and pointed up cutely. It just captivated me for a moment before I remembered I was staring and looked back out the window."
"When I got to my stop I offered him my seat and I still regret not telling him he had a nice nose. I felt like that was way too weird to say. Like how weird would it be to have some girl offer you her seat and say 'by the way, you got a nice nose' and then hurry off the bus lol."
"ETA: Judging by the responses I've gotten on this I'm gonna start telling people nice things about them more often haha. Thank y'all for the courage!"
An Actor's Noted Facial Feature
"Fellow nosephile! I'm on this except I love an aquiline nose, a big schnoz, crooked nose, dominant nose. Any nose that takes center stage does it for me. I love Adrien Brody 😭."
Preference for other facial attributes were mentioned here.
“'Crows feet' - when a middle aged woman smiles, the tiny wrinkles at the corner of her eyes are a reflection of all the smiles she’s ever had. I love it. 🤷🏼♂️"
"Interesting teeth. I have a relatively straight set of natural chompers on me, but I can't stand unnaturally straight teeth. It freaks me out. On the flip side, I love all sorts of 'crooked' teeth. I think they're so unique, cute and attractive. Obviously if they cause pain or discomfort I'm not about it, but there's something just damn magnetizing about someone who confidently rocks atypical teeth."
Personality traits get the spotlight.
"Dry sense of humor. I love people who make me laugh and are nonchalant about it."
A Blessing And A Curse
"I have a dry sense of humor. I don't wish to change it, but it gets me in more trouble than good sometimes because hardly anyone gets it. I think people forget dry humor exists since everything is so exaggerated and in your face these days. I like to deliver a joke like Norm MacDonald."
"Dorkiness/awkward people. I love when people are true to themselves and geek out about things."
Nerds Are "Sexy As Hell"
"Shy slightly nerdy guys. Edit: By this I just mean that a lot of times nerdy guys are a hard nut to crack, and it’s appealing and exciting to have to dig a little to see what’s inside. Nerds are intelligent and that’s sexy as hell. I’m can only speak for myself, but when I was younger I would dismiss the shy ones, which I deeply regret. When I became older, and….seasoned….lol, I started realizing what I was missing out on and I got myself a super sexy shy nerd who I’m blissfully happy with 10 years after meeting him. Im sorry if my original comment implied nobody wanted you nerds. As you can see from the comments, there are plenty of women into you guys😘"
And what about features concerning one's physique? Reddit doesn't disappoint.
"I like women taller than me."
View From Behind
"I like a nice back. Like not the a** but the actual back."
A Defining Mark
"Scars….there is just something about them! Maybe it’s because all scars have a story behind them ."
Defined calves always get my attention.
The bulkiness and definition in the lower part of the legs represent an individual who is active, always on his feet, and is strong enough to carry me through a marathon when my legs give out just a few feet from the finish line.
I can't wait until the warmer summer months to inspire chiseled-calved gentlemen to break out in their khaki shorts for the sole purpose of distracting me.
So, what gets you hot and bothered?
For a television series to take off, its first episode, or pilot, needs to be spectacular.
Indeed, if the pilot doesn't cut it, it will be the only episode of the series that ever gets shot.
Indeed, even as little as 10 minutes into the pilots of This Is Us, Will & Grace, and Ted Lasso, it was clear that viewers were in for a treat, and they weren't disappointed.
That being said, a pilot isn't always guaranteed to be the beginning of a great series.
Sometimes the pilot proves to be the only good episode of the series, with the end result being anything but a Smash (pun intended).
"Which tv show has the strongest first episode?"
The Theme Music Though...
"Six Feet Under."- Ok-Masterpiece-1359
Each And Every Season
Hard To Take Your Eyes Off A Disaster
"Chernobyl."- Mela_MinWhat Is That Oh No GIF by IMDbGiphy
Expectations Were Certainly High
"'Attack on Titan', unironically."- skraaaaw
Season 1 Was Good At Least...
"'Heroes' started off really strongly."- apathyontheeast
The Premise Was Hard To Sustain...
"Designated Survivor."- SadcoreEmpire168keifer sutherland GIF by ABC NetworkGiphy
Just About Says It All...
"'Dead Like Me'."
"Any show that has it's main character killed by a flaming toilet seat falling from space within the first ten minutes is okay in my book."- CapnDonal23
People Had A Lot To Say...
"I love introducing people to 'The Boys', just for their reaction to the first episode."- Reggis13
...Still Doesn't Make Up For The Finale Though...
"Can't believe I'm the first one to have written it."- jakec11lost jack GIFGiphy
They Didn't See That Coming
"'Ozark'’s first episode was pretty chill and then whoa."- 1itslizzxoxo
Best Enjoyed With A Little Chianti...
"'Hannibal' sets up the tone for the whole show quite well."- Far_Ad3346
Talking Quickly While Walking Down A Hallway Was Never More Cool...
"The West Wing."- Electrical_Top_7731The West Wing Leadership GIF by NBCGiphy
An Instant Animated Gem...
Beware The Man In Black
"When she slapped that fly my entire watching group went "OH SH*T"- Badloss
Seriously, How Was This Only One Season?
"Freaks and Geeks."- Substantial_Field_60freaks and geeks GIFGiphy
Even if the rest of the series didn't quite live up to expectations, these pilots instantly earned the series a place amongst the television legends.
Even if there's nothing more disappointing than a great pilot leading to a not-so-great series.
Looking at you Glee...
People Break Down Which Crappy Foods Are Actually Delicious
There's a reason they call it junk food.
Being high in calories and saturated fats, and likely made with ingredients of fairly low quality, eating these foods is almost the equivalent of filling your stomach with junk.
However bad for you it is, however, that doesn't mean it isn't delicious.
Indeed, who hasn't from time to time indulged in food that we know won't be beneficial to our weight or cholesterol, but pleases our taste buds to the max?
Often resulting in judgmental glares from others.
Redditor Mister_Moho was curious to learn which foods the junk food which they hold in a high, almost gourmet like regard, leading them to ask:
What "crappy" food is actually delicious?
Two Cheap Meals Make One "Chef's Kiss."
"I had a buddy who’s would combine a box of Kraft Mac and cheese with chicken flavored ramen."
"Put in all the noodles and seasoning and powdered cheese stuff."
"He called it cheesy-chicken and was a treat after a night of drinking."- zaqufantMac And Cheese Cooking GIFGiphy
Much As We Hate To Admit It
"Lets be real, most fast food."- MightOk6869
"I like an old roller hot dog from 7-Eleven."- DahvRom
"7/11 Taquitos."- SBonnarSeven Eleven Shopping GIF by PIXIESGiphy
Don't Be Fooled By The Price
"The cheapest of ramen noodles are still delicious."- shaidyn
Some Things You Just Never Outgrow
"I’ve been a pizza nerd since I bought my first Uuni years ago."
"Geeked on flours, yeast cultures etc."
"Built a wood burning oven."
"Growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s in a financially struggling household, Friday nights were pizza night.'
"Mom would bring out the Chef Boyardee Pizza kits and I have fond memories of ‘making’ my own pizza as a kid."
"Every once in a while, I’ll pick one up and make one on an old cookie sheet."
"Surprisingly still tastes the same after all these years."
"Still love it."- dolfoxVintage Dancing GIFGiphy
Just Add Water...
"Boxed Mac and Cheese."- soon_zoo55
It's All About The Seasoning
"Properly salted McDonalds French fries."- FireWoman89
If It's Deep Fried, It's Likely Delicious
"I love onion rings!"- djkhan23San Antonio Texas GIF by Bill Miller Bar-B-QGiphy
The Monty Python Gang Would Agree
"Spam fried rice, or spam musubi?"
Inauthentically Mexican, But Who Cares?!
"Taco Bell."- twoplustwoisfourr
"Little Caesar's Pizza."
"Is it as good as other chains?"
"But is it a third of the price and tasty enough to justify getting it?"
"F*ck yea!"- gag0399pizza pickup GIF by Little CaesarsGiphy
No Fruit, No Problem!
"Technically a beverage, but I feel like it fits the spirit of the question."- edemamandllama
Better Than Most Delivery Chains...
"Frozen pizza."- lbug02
A balanced diet is important.
But as long as we don't make a habit of it, there's nothing wrong with indulging every now and again.
Especially if it's on Pizza Hut breadsticks...
People Break Down Which Things No One Looks Good Wearing
The great thing about fashion is that everyone looks good in something different. That’s why we each create our own style.
My best friend avoids gray at all costs since it’s drab and almost depressing.
However, I fill my closet with gray shirts or sweaters since that color makes my skin glow. I can’t wear leather jackets because they make me look like a tiny zombie, while my best friend has a leather jacket in every color since she can pull them off.
With some people being able to pull off items that others can’t, we may not think about the fact that there are some items that no one looks good in. Luckily, Redditors are hear to remind us of exactly that.
It all started when a Redditor asked:
“What does no one look good wearing?”
Do Not Trust The Sales Guy
"Fedora with safari flaps, even if the guy at the store says you’re the only guy he’s ever seen pull it off."
"I’ve never fought for anything in my entire life. I’m fighting for this hat!"
It's All In The Sleeves
"Dimitri Martin explained it well: “I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket and thought, ‘that is cool’. Then I saw a guy in a leather vest and thought ‘that is not cool’. And that’s when I realized that cool is all about leather sleeves.”
The Offensive Stuff
"A shirt that says "FBI: Female Body Inspector""
"Pretty much any shirt that tries to put a "funny" spin on common acronym."
Make America What Again?
"Unless it just says 'political hat'"
Lose Hair, Gain Everything Else
"That ugly cape you have to wear when getting your hair cut"
"Those capes will humble you real quick"
"I suddenly go from two chins to five chins when I have to get my hair cut"
On Your Head
– Deleted User
"Hair nets along the same vein."
I Changed Colors!
"Fake tans that make you look orange"
"I'd say any fake tan for that matter. They never look right IMO."
"Any t shirt claiming your birth month gives you special powers or you are owned by your significant other. So tacky"
Wash Your Clothes!
"By contrast, I take people more seriously if they have mustard on their face."
"Rat tail hair style"
"I was a kid when this was fashionable and all the biggest jerks at school wore rat tails. I always wanted to try yanking on one of them just once but could never work up the nerve."
A Different Kind Of Accessory
"2 liters of cologne."
"Well technically you could look cool you’d just need to be downwind and in a different building XD"
"Those f*cking hiking shoes with the individual toes."
"Those Walmart t-shirts with gangsta looney toons characters. Like taz with a Rolex rolling dice and flashing cash. Bonus points if the shirt sparkles."
"13yr old me feels very targeted."
“Skin colored leggings. It always gives me a "wth" moment before I realize what is happening.”
“Saw someone wearing skin colour leggings that had that weird scrunched up butt thing.”
saw a lady at the airport once who just was wearing a SLIGHTLY oversized hoodie and no pants. i wish she was wearing skin-colored leggings.
All I know is, you can never go wrong in your favorite sweats, which basically make up my entire wardrobe!