40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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History was one of our favorite subjects in school. There’s no end to how much you can learn about the world and the people in it. Have you ever wondered how something got its name, or what a notable historical figure was famous for? It’s so important that we study history, mostly so we can avoid repeating it (although that still seems to be happening too often nowadays). But sometimes, the most interesting events in history are the ones you very likely DIDN’T learn about in school. There are some strange historical facts that will blow your mind, proving that truth is always stranger than fiction.

Some strange historical facts call into question everything you thought you knew about a particular person or subject. Others give you more context about a historical event or shed some light on little details of some of the most famous people from the past. Some will make you laugh, make you scratch your head, or even horrify you. But all of these strange historical facts are definitely interesting. Memorize some of these and blow everyone’s mind when you drop some knowledge at the next gathering you attend, or use them to finally convince your kids once and for all that you actually do know interesting stuff that has nothing to do with snacks.

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