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Usually reading history entails understanding large scale dynamics between countries as they all jockey for position in a global economy. Every country wants to be rich and powerful to help its people most.

But sometimes you hear about one particular moment in one strange, long-dead figure's life.

And you realize one of two things: that people have always been totally irrational and act on childish impulses, or that most of the large historical changes to the world happened due to the most chaotic, blundering, unexpected circumstances.

History books just have a knack for making it seem like everything was deliberate and in its right place. WRONG

u/ErikTox asked, "What's a cool history fact?"


The Unexamined Life is WAY Less Obnoxious

When Socrates was on trial, he was so annoying during his defense, that he convinced several of the jurors who had voted "not guilty" during the finding vote, to vote for the death penalty during the sentencing vote.

u/Jalsavrah

"Okay Okay You Win"

The shortest war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896. It lasted 38 minutes.

u/GoodLordChokeAnABomb

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Aaand That's Where "Ode to Joy" Came From

When Beethoven was challenged to an improvisation duel by one of his rivals Steibelt, Beethoven took a piece of Steibelt's music, turned it upside down, played it and then improvised on that theme for over an hour.

Steibelt simply left halfway through and never returned to Vienna where the duel took place.

u/overbread

The Furthest Thing From a Cheap Date

Pirates once captured Julius Caeser and tried to hold him for ransom.

When they told him how much the bounty would be he laughed in their faces then demanded they increase the ransom because he was worth more than that.

u/can_u_tell_its_me

Rome Was Wack

Roman Emperor Titus had the Colosseum flooded in order to reenact a naval battle.

Romans also invented arrows meant to decapitate ostriches.

u/AltinUrda

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Sales Tip #378: ALWAYS Be Thinking About Your Next Sale

Prostitutes in ancient Greece would put their prices on the bottom of their sandals so that they could advertise their services while giving them.

u/LoneQuietus81

Flying Too Close (Far) From the Sun

William Henry Harrison skipped the coat and hat for his Inauguration Day Address. It was unusually cold that day and he proceeded to give the longest inauguration speech in history.

Died 31 days later from Pnemonia.

u/cubs_070816

Manners are Everything

Allegedly as a young man in World War 1, Adolf Hitler encountered a British soldier from Leamington Spa.

Hitler didn't have his rifle on him so the British soldier let him go feeling it was ungentlemanly to shoot the unarmed Hitler.

u/TacticoolUK

Kinda Glad "Mummy Brown" isn't Around Anymore

There are quite a few colours that don't exist anymore because the pigments needed to make them are no long available or aren't viable.

The most famous of which is called Mummy Brown. Made from mummies. Literal ground up mummies.

u/iamasecretthrowaway

Hell of a Lot of Hunting and Gathering

Humans are roughly 200,000 years old.

'Civilization' is roughly 10,000 years old.

u/a-1yogi

Nobody's Perfect

Lincoln pardoned someone for attempted bestiality

ItStillIsntLupus

Starting From Scratch

At least 5 times in earths history the entire planet's animals life and plants were reduced by 70% or more.

Anom8675309

A Few Misfires

Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but never won.

Pyoris

A Showman for the Ages

Roman Emperor Titus had the Colosseum flooded in order to reenact a naval battle.

AltinUrda

"Fat Ginger Batman"

Henry VIII had a mace with a concealed gun built into it. He would take it out patrolling the streets of London, looking for ne'er-do-wells, like a fat ginger Batman.

brsmith77

All About Confidence

Celtic warriors fought naked, and this terrified the Roman armies. In my opinion though a 5'4" naked man jumping at you with a spear would be pretty scary.

PM_MEOttoVonBismarck

This is NOT an Evidence-Based Approach

Ben Franklin took "air baths" in his elderly age. He would stand on the terrace of his house, naked. He thought it would help clean him like a regular water bath.

Randomrooster67

Kinda Turns the Heat Up on Thanksgiving Traditions

Turkeys were worshiped as vessels of the gods by ancient Mayans.

elee0228

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Every once in awhile, somebody comes along, enters your life, and catapults themselves to that awful, unique position at the top of your list of the worst people you have ever met.

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