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It might surprise you to know that the last Civil War widow died near the end of last year.

Wait, what?

Yes, you read that correctly. Her name was Helen Viola Jackson, and she married James Bolin in 1936 when she was 17 and he was 93.

"He said that he would leave me his Union pension," she later told historian Hamilton C. Clark. "It was during the [Great] Depression and times were hard. He said that it might be my only way of leaving the farm."

Jackson never remarried and kept the marriage secret for decades.

Wild, huh?

Hard to believe, but it happened. Here's the report from Smithsonian Magnazine.

History is full of some wild facts, as we were so kindly reminded by Redditor day_tripper96, who asked the online community:

"What's a bizarre historical event you can't believe actually took place?"
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As if life isn't difficult enough, why spend extra time being angry about the little things?

And this vitriol is pointed at all of the most random things. But when you think about it, this psychological behavior isn't new. It's easy to set a person off, always has been.

There are just so many things that are disliked, it makes no sense.

Redditor u/IntrovertedOutcast1 wanted to understand why people are so fast to get irritated over every little thing, they asked:

What's something you think gets more hate than it deserves?
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Life in full of the unexpected and all things that cannot be explained. I don't know about the rest of you, but déjà Vu is a daily visitor in my life. I am constantly wondering... "Did that just happen, again?"

Strange happenings abound in all of our lives. And finding ways to properly describe phenomena has never gotten easier.

How do you relay the details about dreams within dreams within nightmares that happened while we're awake? It's all part of the mystery.

Redditor u/TheCornishGameHen wanted to hear about some things that have occurred in life that we'll never properly define, by asking:

What is an experience you've had that you cannot logically explain?
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No matter how much therapy I attend there are just some issues from childhood I'll never be fully free from; in particular, crippling fears and specific haunts. And I know I'm not alon. I'm still no fan of the dark and I always give sufficient credence to any and all superstitions, there is no reason to tempt fate; especially since I've made it this far.

I loathe most insects, snakes and anything that resembles a rat. And I actually think those are healthy issues. Some fears are just unshakeable. Do you agree?

Redditor u/Chaelaminsky1990 wanted to hear about details of the past that so many of us just can't seem to outrun, by asking:

What irrational fear did you have as a kid that you thought you'd grow out of but never did?
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No one would think twice about certain food pairings like chocolate and peanut butter.

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