During our time in school, we believe every bit of information we are spoonfed, usually without questioning a single word of it. However, when we arrive to adulthood, we often find that we weren’t given a fully accurate depiction of what history truly was.
It is an unfortunate truth that we all do some things we are not proud of, only to wonder later what the hell we were thinking. This is normal thing for humans to do, but society as a whole a lot of those“what the hell was I doing” moments! I bet you didn’t know these 25 historical facts!
1. Western Bias
Millions of more Chinese people were slain at the hands of Japanese people than Nazi Germany killed Jewish people during world war II.
Shortly after signing the Treaty of Tilsit, Napoleon decided to take his men for a celebratory rabbit hunt. However, what he didn’t expect, was that the rabbits he was hunting would turn on his men. Even worse, the rabbits seemed to target Napoleon.
3. Civil War Hookers
During the civil war, prostitution was also a huge problem. One general named General Hooker had women follow around troops and satisfy their urges during the war. In 1861 the Union Army medical Department reported that 1 out of every 12 soldiers had an STD.
4. Arctic Explorer Does the Unthinkable for Survival
Peter Freuchen, an Arctic explorer was trapped beneath an avalanche in 1926. In order to survive, he created a shiv from his own excrement and amputated his foot.
5. Emperor Basil
A Byzantine ruler captured 15,000 soldiers and blinded 99 out of every 100 and left the last man standing with one eye. He then sent them all home.
In ancient Egypt, slaves were forced to coat themselves in honey to deter flys from bothering the pharaoh.
7. Strange Dental Hygiene
Ancient dentists suggested that their patients use bottled Portuguese urine to whiten their teeth. While it may sound ridiculous, the reason behind this was that urine contains ammonia, which is a cleaning agent.
8. Extreme Mongolian Punishment
Up until the 20th century, Mongolian criminals were locked in boxes as punishment for their crimes. Sadly, many of them were left to die of starvation.
9. Professional Ticklers
Tickling was used for sexual arousal in medieval times of the Muscovite palaces. People were assigned as professional ticklers and employed full time at the palace.
10. Strange Methods for Honoring the Dead
During the Victorian era, people honored their dead relatives by placing them in lifelike poses and then photographing them.
11. Strange Medicine
Even as late as the 19th century, most drugs that are illegal today were easily attainable. Doctors believed heroin to be a miracle cure, which was used to cure pain and even to stop people from coughing.
12. Cat Massacre
Cats were massacred during the French Revolution by printing apprentices.
13. Unit 731
Unit 731 was a biological and chemical warfare research unit that performed lethal human experimentation during the occupation of China.
14. Pythagoras was A Murderer
The famous mathematician that gave us our A2+B2=C2 equation was actually very unstable. He murdered people who didn’t agree with him and convinced people that facing the sun while urinating was a punishable sin.
15. Maybe Times Haven’t Changed That Much….
If a woman’s husband was impotent in Renaissance France, she could take him to court.
16. The Romans Were Sick
Ancient Roman emperors would have young boys as concubines. They would also buy toddlers from parents to nibble at their thighs while they bathed.
17. My Lai Massacre
The My Lai Massacre left some 400 unarmed civilians died during the Vietnam war. The citizens were killed by US soldiers. 26 soldiers were charged with war crimes but only one was actually served. He has sentenced life but only served four years of house arrest.
18. The Milky Way
The milky way was supposedly named this when it was formed by Greek Goddess Hera Spraying breast milk into the sky.
19. The Battle of Waterloo
The battle of Waterloo was lost because Napoleon suffered from a very bad case of diarrhea.
20. Hitler Was Once an Artist
Before his attempt to exterminate the Jews, Hitler was actually an artist. After being rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts, he finally gave up.
21. The United States Once Gifted Saddam Hussein
Back in 1980, the United States gave Saddam the keys to Detroit, Michigan, after he made a sizable donation to a church.
22. Extreme Slavery
Spartans were able to be so focused on the war was because of massive slavery. Spartans took it to such an extreme level that Athenians were horrified by it.
So much for ‘peace.’ Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all once nominated to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
24. The Official Story About the Salem Witch Trials Is Actually a Lie
While most people believe the witches were burned to death, this is not true. Instead, the witches were hanged.
25. Merry Christmas
Christmas wasn’t legal in the U.S until 1836. The reason behind this was because it was believed to be a Pagan holiday.