If history class were taught properly, it would be the most interesting class in school. Think of all the amazing, weird, juicy stuff we humans got up to since the dawn of recorded history.
Yet, it just so happens that history is usually taught in such a dry and narrow manner, you may as well be watching rocks grow.
Though I can't go back and redeem all those boring hours of history class for you, hopefully this article will add a little bit of magic back into the history of humanity.
1. In the Battle of Pelusium (525 BC) Persian soldiers used cats as shields as Egyptian religion forbade harm towards cats.
2. Before alarm clocks were invented, people were hired to shoot peas at workers' windows to wake them up for their shifts.
3. So by now you may be under the impression that slavery in the US is considered illegal and unconstitutional, right? Ha! The 13th amendment to the US constitution abolished slavery EXCEPT as a form of punishment for crimes. That's why you've got felons making that shirt you just bought.
4. In Ancient Rome, it was the job of one of the slaves to stand behind victorious generals as they were paraded through the streets after coming home, triumphant, from battle and lean over every so often to whisper into the general's ear, "Remember, you are mortal."
5. In Detroit in the 1930s, a baby fell from a high window and landed on a man on the street below. Thankfully, both survived the incident. A year later, the SAME baby fell from the SAME window and landed on the SAME man, and they both survived. Moral of this story: get some better window locks
6. Obviously the best part about history class was WWII. But did they ever tell you this little tidbit about Hitler? Hitler had a Jewish family doctor that didn't charge Hitler's family while he was growing up, due to economic hardship. Later, Hitler actually labelled him as a "noble Jew" and ensured that he (Continued)
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wasn't targeted during the Holocaust.
7. Contrary to popular belief, the word 'idiot' actually came from Ancient Athens, and originally meant people who didn't care about or participate in public affairs or politics.
8. 400 million years ago there were 22 hours in a day and more than 400 days in a year.
9. During WWII in Australia, there was a dog whose hearing was so acute that it could warn airforce personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived way before they even showed up on the radar. "Gunner", the dog, could also
differentiate the sounds of allied and enemy aircrafts. What a good boy.
10. You're probably well aware of the delicious Hershey chocolates that your Grandma keeps in her pockets by the fistful. Well, the founder of Hershey's chocolate, Milton Hershey, launched a 'Great Building Campaign' during the Great Depression, with the aim of giving more people jobs. When he was told that the steam shovel being used on the project did the work of 40 men, he instructed the foreman: "Take them off. Hire 40 men.
11. Winston Churchill famously stated that he limited himself to 15 cigars per day. That's a very generous limit, even for the British Bulldog himself.
12. The act of "giving the key to the city" isn't just an arbitrary ritual. It's the continuation of a medieval practice where cities would be locked at night but anyone given the key could come and go as they please as an honor for something great done for the city.
13. Sometimes you probably find yourself thinking, "Ahh, if only we went back to horse and buggy. Life would be so much simpler." You DO think that, right? RIGHT?! Anyway, your simple-life ideals might not be worth keeping. In 1894, London and New York were "drowning" in horse poop. It was estimated that (Continued)
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within 50 years, London streets would be buried in 9 feet of poop and horse carcasses. What solved the problem? The invention of the automobile.
14. The words for the Algerian National Anthem were originally written on a prison wall in blood. What a cute little origin story!
15. The Romans substituted criminals into plays for punishment. If a character died in the play's story, a real criminal would die on stage. Talk about realistic!
16. In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I, went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner took King Umberto's order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking resemblances between each other and found many more similarities.
Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14th, 1844).
Both men had been born in the same town.
Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita.
The restauranteur opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto was crowned King of Italy.
On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restauranteur had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret, he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.
17. Guessing game! Guess how much larger the population of London, England has grown from 1939 to 2015?
The population in 2015 is a whopping 1 person higher than it was in 1939.
18. Pineapples used to be valued to $5000, rarely eaten and used as a status symbol at parties. Remember that, next time you order Hawaiian pizza.
19. The loveseat was not invented so two lovers could snuggle up together on cold Winter nights. Originally, they were just oversized chairs designed to allow more space for the excessively wide women's dresses of the 17th and 18th centuries.
20. Tug of war was once an Olympic sport.
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21. Move over Americans! One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 US Articles of Confederation states that if Canada decides they want to become part of America, it will be automatically accepted. By the way things are looking, I don't see that happening any time soon.
22. Nowadays it's hard to get kids to read. But in the 1700s, they had the opposite problem! As novels became popular, society and the media grew increasingly concerned that young people spent too much time reading books. They even had a couple names for it: reading rage, Reading fever, reading mania, and reading lust.
23. 18th Century Prussian king Frederick William was obsessed with having soldiers over 6 feet tall. He paid families for tall children, kidnapped tall man, bred his soldiers by
pairing them with tall women, and even went so far as to stretch some of them on a rack to make them taller.
24. When a British captive officer challenged French Navy officer Surcouf with the words, "You French fight for money while we fight for honour," Surcouf replied, "Each of us fights for what he lacks the most." BURN, BABY!
25. Everyone knows England has always been a bit weird. But they took it to a whole new level when, in 18th Century England, it became cool for wealthy estate owners to hire people to... (Continued)
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dress as druids, never wash themselves, grow their hair and nails out, and rome around their gardens as "ornamental hermits."
26. 5,000 years ago, watermelons were pale green and bitter. As they were bred to become sweeter, their flesh slowly changed to red.
27. When Isaac Newton was asked why the planet's orbits are elliptical he wasn't sure, but went home to have a wee think about it. He then 'invented' differential and integral calculus to explain why. He then turned 26.
28.In the 19th Century, Americans purposely filled their parks with squirrels for entertainment purposes. They were rarely found outside the forest beforehand.
29. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with actual evidence of
habitation dating back at least 11,000 years.
30. Anne Frank's diary talked a lot about masturbation, but most of it was edited out.
31. Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President, has some really great stories. Here are two of the best:
Once Jackson received a 1,400 pound wheel of cheese for a gift. He couldn't get rid of the cheese, because, that's a lot of cheese, so he invited people into the White House to eat the cheese.Jackson was riddled with bullets from duels. Once during a meeting in the White House he removed a bullet from his arm, no anesthesia. He then gave the bullet to one of the people he had dueled and said "I believe this is yours."
32. Officially, the longest war in history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, which lasted from 1651 to 1986. There were no casualties.
33. John F. Kennedy was dating Miss Denmark in the 1940's, and when they stayed at Sumter House in Charleston the FBI bugged their room because they thought she may be a Nazi spy. Turns out they didn't hear a lot of conversation, but instead they actually discovered (Continued)
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a lot of dirty-talk time and the "deeds" that accompanied it. Tapes are in the Library of Congress for those interested.
34. Recent DNA tests have confirmed that King Tut's parents were brother and sister. This could explain all those pesky illnesses and deformities.
35. This has to be the luckiest woman to ever live.
Over the course of her life, she survived the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania, the Hindenburg explosion, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, at which point her apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center.
36. The first female Athenian doctor had to dress as a man in order to get her education and practice medicine because being a female doctor was a capital crime, but when she became the most popular doctor in town among women in her male guise, the other doctors accused her of seducing her patients.
37. In 1912, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise moneythe prizes were live babies.
I had to stop watching talent shows years ago because while I got to see some really enjoyable acts—especially singers, of which there are a seemingly endless number—I grew sick and tired of how scripted everything felt.
For one thing, I hate overt sentimentalty because it can ring very false, and that's how I've felt whenever I've had to sit through any sob stories. Everyone has a sob story.
The music swells and immediately we'll hear about someone's cancer diagnosis or the fact they lost their house due to foreclosure or that their father died and that afterward they found bodies in his shed and learned he was a notorious serial killer...
Okay, that last one might have been made up. But my point stands.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor TheCheeto4 asked the online community,
"What is something that you find incredibly cringe, but you think other people wouldn't?"
"You just reminded me..."
"You just reminded me of those Facebook posts that give instructions to prove who is/isn't a "real friend", always ask you to share afterwards. Like a copy-paste friendship test."
I never bother with those. I always ignore them and I'm okay with that.
"People exaggerating how quirky, different or relatable they are."
You just described every manic pixie dream girl in Bushwick.
"People singing at me. I have no idea what to do and feel cringe the entire time. Some people love just having people sing to them though."
Many people feel super awkward when this happens... especially when it happens in a restaurant... on their birthday.
"Starting a Go Fund Me..."
"Starting a Go Fund Me the second news of a tragedy gets out. There was an accident by me, and there were two competing GFMs fighting over who was closer to the victim."
They do that so they can skiff the funds. People have no shame.
"I couldn't fathom..."
"Public vlogs. I couldn't fathom walking around the city holding a camcorder on a stick and talking to myself."
I hate them and don't understand why people would watch some rando walking around, going about his day. No thank you.
"The judges crying on those talent shows on TV."
Sob stories always increase your chances of entering and lasting longer on those shows.
"I love that unspoken thing where talent show judges act all surprised that the ugly person actually has a great voice!"
The Susan Boyle effect (and she wasn't even all that great to begin with, but it's the perfect example).
"Dating profiles and bios. I just can’t not feel weird about advertising my self to randos."
Always awkward. Even worse when you meet someone interesting and they are nothing like their profile at all.
"Turning on music/singing loudly in public places. I always listen to music in my headphones."
I would never. It's the height of rudeness.
"If someone is going..."
"Filming yourself doing acts of kindness. If someone is going to do something nice for me, and they film me and post that online I’ll be pissed."
It's everywhere. Social media is a pain.
Remember the last time you cringed to some of these? You probably do. It's the worst, isn't it?
Have some cringeworthy moments of your own to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
Two people getting together for the first time and feeling the undeniable chemistry between them is an enchanting discovery.
Without anything being verbally communicated, a person feeling a mutual romantic passion is the spark that potentially can ignite a long-lasting relationship.
However, that spark can also burn out when passions are too high, and that gut feeling indicating a fling was over before it started is never a welcome feeling.
Curious to hear about the negative dating experiences of strangers, Redditor LynxExplorer asked:
"What made you realize the relationship was over?"
Sometimes, the inner voices of reason doesn't register, and outside indicators sound the alarm to let scorned lovers know that romance is dead.
A Third Party
"When I got a Facebook message from another dude saying 'your wife is cheating on us.' He thought we had one of those open relationships."
"Editing to add: this happened a little over ten years ago. I got custody of the kid, I’m remarried, great job, new house, I’m doing good. And I also laugh about it when I think back on it."
"I once googled 'how do you know when a relationship is over' and the top suggestion was 'you google it.'"
"When I finally learned to listen to her actions, not her words."
These Redditors reflected back on their relationships only to realize the love in their relationships have disappeared some time ago.
"When contempt enters the picture. Hard to explain what contempt is, but once it's there it is done for."
"There's nothing like having someone you had an amazing time just have disgust for anything you do. Oh and the glare is deadly."
"Luckily by the time I got there I already made up my mind and stopped playing her victim blaming. We both had rough lives but you cut yourself to manipulate me."
Alone In Love
"when i was crying more than laughing. constant hurt and confusion, didn’t feel like the love was reciprocated."
Waiting For It To End
"I realized that I wouldn't care if he cheated on me and would've been quite happy if he left me for someone else. I felt trapped and didn't know how to leave at the time"
"Edit: We have a child together and share custody, so he will always be in my life, but it's still better than having to walk on eggshells in my own home."
"I'm very sorry to those of you going through this now. I hope you find happiness one day."
A Powerful Yearning
"When I started fantasizing about what it would be like to be completely alone."
These are just downright cruel and unforgiving discoveries.
Sliding Into DMs
"When I found sexts between her and my 'friend.'"
"He kept breaking up with me and then making up with me. Broke up with me on my birthday (because he wasn't getting my undivided attention as my best friend was there), called me for 6 months after trying to get back with me. Called me a 'f'king weasel.' His family still tries to reach out over 11 years later."
Whatever happened to communicating with your significant other when something is off in a relationship?
Sure, this is an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it's far more effective to discuss solutions or compromises.
Isn't it worse to let resentment build to the point where regrettable actions or words further destroy relationships?
Talk it out. You'll be a better person for it.
People have long engaged in passionate debates about their firm beliefs on any particular subject, the popular ones being religion and politics.
Those arguing on both sides of religious or political debates seldom see eye-to-eye with their opponents and are unable to find common ground.
But there are other arguments that are equally as passionate which people are not willing to negotiate, or at the very least, have some wiggle room for compromise.
Curious to hear some examples, Redditor lllSnowmanlll asked:
"What's your strongest opinion that's not political religious or moral?"
We are constantly inundated with marketing ads sneaking their way into our daily interactions on social media.
Enough is enough.
Audio Assualt In Ads
"Radio ads that have honking horns or sirens should be illegal. As should billboards."
Focus On The Product, Please
"If I buy a car, I want to own it without paying a subscription to use the radio or heated steering wheel."
"Ads with the skip button are more effective than ones without."
"If an ad has a skip button you can choose whenever you’re interested in said product or not. This provides more clear info to advertisers too."
"An unskippable ad makes a person associate the company with a negative experience, therefore downgrading the company."
When it comes to our well-being, these Redditors believe the following are of utmost importance.
Ready For The Weekend
"Weekends are sacred and you can pry my free saturday out of my cold dead hands. And even then good luck because i will have hot-glued it to my hands."
"Jokes aside, self care and de-stressing are important. Take care of yourself people!"
"Edit: for everyone saying this comment is indeed political/religious: i'm just saying that having some time off to recharge or take care of personal stuff is important. It does not matter when or how that time off is, as long as you have some. I just want people to be healthy."
It's Time To Let Go
"My boss asked me to come in on Saturday next month. Every Saturday. All month."
"In response, I took off all the Fridays. Due to corporate policy, he can’t deny it. At the end of the month, I’ll be quitting. This is the fifth time in less than a year he’s tried to get me to do regular overtime, and I’ve had enough. If he wants someone working on Saturday, he can do it himself."
"EDIT: I’m getting tired of all the people saying I should have 'just said no,' so let me explain why I didn’t."
"I’ve been at this company two years, and I’ve been 'just saying no' since day one. I was literally asked to stay late on my first day. For a while I did it because COVID had just started and I didn’t want to lose my job. I was very lucky to have a job at all and I knew it."
"But the demands for more overtime, more work, more responsibilities, it all kept growing. Soon, I was working 10 or 11 hours a day Mon-Sat and another 3 or 4 hours most Sundays. I was doing the work of three people and barely making enough money to live. Keep in mind I didn’t get paid for most of this overtime, maybe half of it. No OT bonus to speak of."
"Finally, after eight months of this, I put my foot down. I went back to 40 hour weeks, no overtime unless it’s payed and I choose to do it. My superiors weren’t happy, but replacing me wasn’t easy and they knew it, so they had to deal with it."
"Lately they’ve started pushing me to do more overtime again, but they still refuse to pay me for it. So, I’m done. I’m already planning on moving, but my plans to transfer to a different location are now out the window. I’m way past my limit with this company, they’re lucky I’m still here at all. So no, I won’t 'just say no.' I’ve been saying it for months and they don’t listen.
"Swimming should be taught to every child."
The following opinions are about our interactions with the public.
"If you take a sh*t at public toilets, FLUSH!!!"
The Stigma Of Naiveté
"People should learn that saying 'I don't know' is a perfectly acceptable thing to say, and very often the most accurate."
"Rerack your weights, you meaningless excuse for intelligent life!"
"Drivers who don't indicate when turning are selfish scum."
When using the elevator or public transportation, please let the passengers off before batter-ramming your way in, please.
The doors will eventually shut automatically but will not crush you if are entering the departed cabin at the last minute.
There's no rush.
That's the thing with people. Everyone's in a hurry to get from point A to B but cutting people off on the freeway or jamming your way into an emptying elevator will not get you places any faster.
Not only is it annoying, it's also dangerous.
And I'm done with my PSA. Thank you, kindly.
Some of these modern medicines can really pack a wallop.
Remember that Taylor Swift video her mom took of her?
That was too good.
Patients teeter between a laugh riot and a hideous, dramatic mess.
Either way, it's pretty entertaining.
Redditor DvS_Insanity wanted to hear about what we all mumble when under the influence before surgery.They asked:
"Anesthesiologists of Reddit, what was something you won’t forget hearing from someone that was under?"
I haven't really been under so deep I expressed these kinds of thoughts. I'm ok with skipping surgery, actually.
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"I ask a patient after surgery how he feels. He opens his eyes, stares me dead-on and says 'with my fingers.' Then he goes right back to sleep."
'hand... hand please'
"I had an ovarian cyst removed a year ago and woke up from the anesthesia saying 'hand... hand please.' and making 'grabby hands' with both my hands until the nurses finally came over and held my hands for about five minutes while I just smiled and tried to go back to sleep. I hadn't done that in a decade. I used to do it to my dad all the time as a kid to express that I wanted to hold his hand while I slept."
'Ooo ithh a robot'
"My boyfriend at the time had just gotten his wisdom teeth removed, on the ride home with his mouth full of gauze, he gets a call on his cell phone. He answered it and just starts talking away, whoever it was on the other side could not possibly understand a word he was saying with all the gauze in his mouth. But man, he had a lot to talk about and they apparently didn't hang up..."
"After about 5 minutes of this unintelligible phone conversation, he looks at me and says 'Ooo ithh a robot' and gives me the phone. I put it to my ear, and the whole time it's been the Walgreens pharmacy automated notice simply stating his prescription is ready for pickup, playing on repeat. Probably for the best."
"I’m an anesthesiologist. The best story was a 40-some year old woman for appendectomy, said while I’m giving the propofol to induce anesthesia. She said 'oh I don’t remember it tasting like that before' (slurred). I said 'what does it taste like?' Since propofol doesn’t usually elicit a taste reaction. She almost yelled 'DEEEZ NUTS,' and was promptly under anesthesia thereafter. There have been other stories, but this one has the entire OR staff rolling laughing for minutes after she was under."
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"After an operation on a patient's neck, he woke up and yelled 'AHHHH' then grabbed his junk with both hands and was like 'oh thank God it’s still there' then immediately passed out again."
People are funny with no censor. And dialogue dangerous...
"My personal story. When I had my wisdom teeth out, I kept holding a fake camera up to my face saying 'you're beautiful' and making clicking noises while I was under. I'm a professional photographer and my dental surgeon ended up booking a session with me a year later."
"I woke up from gallbladder surgery confused as to why my mom wasn’t there (I was 18 and looking for my mom). The nurse informed me I had cussed out my entire family and they sent them home and put me on a no visitor list, only for me to wakeup at 2am with no memory making them call my mom back. Another time I woke up and made horrifically inappropriate jokes."
"I told a nurse she was pissing me off because I didn’t like the automatic blood pressure cuff. Another I refused to listen to followup orders until I had a chicken sandwich (my negotiations were not met). I’m a real treat after anesthesia but I get a lot of this done at the office my mom works at so she can warn them lol."
'That's my wife for ya'
"My aunt got rushed to the hospital for abnormal heart rate - but it wasn't a heart attack or stroke, but her heart was going at like 200 beats per minute or whatever it was. They had to put her under so they could shock her heart back to normal. As they're taking her under, the doctor says something like 'Okay, in it goes' and she immediately quips with 'That's what she said.' All the doctors and nurses busted a gut laughing and told my uncle when he got there. He just shrugged and said 'That's my wife for ya.'"
"One summer I was home from college and my dad needed me to pick him up after his very first colonoscopy. He was nervous so I got there early. The nurse called me back and asked me to help wake him up, as they were having some trouble. I go back and am making chit chat. 'Oh dad, you’ve got those cool booties on!' He raised his head a little bit to look at them then yelled, 'Booty call!' He is a Presbyterian pastor. A moment I will treasure forever."
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"Apparently, when I had surgery to remove my Bartholin’s gland (a gland at the entrance of the vagina that can get an abscess), they asked me how I felt as soon as I was awake. I said I felt like I got attacked by an elephant and then I wanted to hug everyone."
Oh, the things we'll say when under the influence.
Do you have similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.