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History is filled with anecdotes for us to learn from. But there are also plenty that are quiet funny to hear. The funniest historical fact I've heard about the Great Emu War of Australia... in which the humans lost to the large birds.

Redditor u/xavierdc got people to share funny historical facts when they asked... "What is the most hilarious historical fact you know?" And everyone got to learn something new!

10. Hat loving pirates

"Notorious Pirate/Pirate hunter Benjamin Hornigold Once attacked a ship just to steal all of the crew member's hats. His men had gotten drunk and lost their hats during a party the night before and decided to board a ship to get replacements."

TruthTeller_Really

9. Sex workers saved Monterrey

"Many of the streets in Monterrey California are named after prostitutes. The local madam kept the town out of bankruptcy on a few conditions and named the streets after her favorite workers."

htownlifer

8. Julius Caesar's love letter

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"Julius Caesar had a letter dispatched via messenger while the Senate was in session. Convinced he was sending a message to his collaborators, Senator Cato the Younger demanded that the letter be read in open session to be entered into the annals of the Senate forever. Caesar allowed the letter to be read, and thus the most filthy love letter Caesar had written to his lover at the time, Cato's half-sister Servilia got entered into historical record forever.

A burn so big, people still talk about it 2100 years later."

Lo-Ping

7. Ben Franklin liked to blab

"Ben Franklin used to leak government secrets while drunk to get laid.

It got to the point he had to be watched/monitored outside of session."

korbendaIIass

6. The presidential parrot

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"The fact that Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was ejected from Jackson's funeral for swearing, will never not make me giggle."

Ginger_Chick

5. The pope that couldn't escape justice

"In 897 the former Pope, who had been dead for seven months, was dug up and put on trial for perjury and heresy. He was convicted."

DJHatesPuertoRicans

4. Sneaky Navy men

"British Navy in WW1 had battleships disguised as passenger and merchant ships with some of the sailors crossdressing as women. This was to entice German U-boats to surface as they would frequently attack unarmed and unescorted merchant ships."

ACrispPickle

3. Philly's fans couldn't behave

"There was an actual judge at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia to process unruly Eagles fans that were arrested during football games."

TheSnappyChicken

2. Cleopatra's dramatic entrance 

"The fact that Cleopatra was able to be snuck into a building in a carpet. Like it would have looked misformed as hell and they didn't even check it? For security guards they did a pretty crappy job"

jman857

1. Miracle Mike

"Miracle Mike is a chicken in the 1950s (I think) that was headless. He went on tour and he is from Colorado. He could be fed by using a dropper and little seeds. Eventually, he died because he suffocated on some food, or something, his death is controversial."

LoneRanger120

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