Here is a list of weird and strange history facts probably didn’t learn in school. Do share them and let us know in the comments section how do you like them?
History Fact #1
Sultan Ibrahim I was one of the most notorious Ottoman Sultans, he succeeded his brother Murad IV in 1640. He was not fit to rule, suffered frequent nervous attacks and was known to be mentally unstable. He drowned 280 concubines in the Bosphorus strait because he suspected they were plotting against him.
He used to feed coins to the fish instead of food. Ibrahim’s unfortunate mental state was probably because he was locked up in the cage, a building within the Topkapi Palace that had no windows. Called the Kafes
History Fact #2
López de Santa Anna was a Mexican politician and general who fought to defend royalist New Spain and then for Mexican independence. dominated Mexican history in the first half of the nineteenth century to such an extent that historians often refer to it as the “Age of Santa Anna”
Santa Anna was hit in the left leg and hand by cannon fire. His shattered ankle required amputation of much of his leg. He had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.
History Fact #3
The Black Death was a devastating global epidemic of bubonic plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. The plague arrived in Europe in October 1347, when 12 ships from the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. People gathered on the docks were met with a horrifying surprise.
Over the next five years, the Black Death would kill more than 20 million people in Europe – almost one-third of the continent’s population.
History Fact #4
The Maya Empire, centred in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork.
Blood was viewed as a potent source of nourishment for the Maya deities, and the sacrifice of a living creature was a powerful blood offering. During the Postclassic period, the most common form of human sacrifice was heart extraction, influenced by the method used by the Aztecs in the Valley of Mexico; this usually took place in the courtyard of a temple, or upon the summit of the pyramid
History Fact #5
Ancient Egypt was one of the greatest and most powerful civilizations in the history of the world. It lasted for over 3000 years from 3150 BC to 30 BC. The Ancient Egyptians were scientists and mathematicians. They had numerous inventions including ways to build buildings, medicine, cosmetics, the calendar, the plough for farming, musical instruments, and even toothpaste
Egyptian men and women wore makeup. It was thought to have healing powers, plus it helped protect their skin from the sun.
The Pharaohs of Egypt were often buried in giant pyramids or in secret tombs. Upon dying, some pharaohs were sealed into their tombs alongside their living servants, pets, and concubines. Tombs held everything a God would need in the next life, including a toilet.
History Fact #6
Urine, when kept for long, decomposes to ammonia and it has cleaning properties. It may sound weird but the ancient Romans used urine for teeth whitening. The ammonia found in urine acts as a bleaching agent because of the acidic content.
Urine contains nitrogen and phosphorous, which are both useful for growing plants. The Roman author Columella wrote that old human urine was particularly useful for growing pomegranates, making them juicier and tastier
History Fact #7
Genghis Khan the Mongolian leader had conquered nearly 12 million square miles of territory, more than any individual in history. He killed 40 million people across Asia and Europe. the Mongols’ attacks may have reduced the entire world population by as much as 11 percent.
Genghis wasn’t his real name. His real name was Temujin which means “of iron” or “blacksmith.” He created one of the first international postal systems. Unlike many empire builders, Genghis Khan was tolerant of different religions. He exempted the poor and places of worship from taxes, encouraged literacy, and established freedom of religion.
History Fact #8
Vlad III Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, was a 15th-century ruler of Wallachia (now part of Romania). He became notorious for his rampant use of torture, mutilation and mass murder.
Dracula’s father was called Dracul, which means “dragon” or “devil” because he belonged to the Order of the Dragon, which fought the Ottoman Empire. Vlad III also got involved in the Order and changed his name to Dracula, or “Son of the Dragon.”
Vlad the Impaler impaled 20,000 Ottoman Turks on long, sharp poles on the banks of the Danube. He got rid of all the sick and poor by burning them alive. He poisoned his own wells to spite Turkish invaders.
History Fact #9
Leif Erikson is regarded as the first European to land in North America(Modern day Canada), nearly 500 years before Columbus.
He belonged to an extraordinary family of explorers. He was the second son of the reputed Erik the Red, a Norse navigator who discovered Greenland in circa 982 (although the Icelandic sagas might indicate Gunnbjörn Ulf-Krakuson as the legitimate discoverer of the large Arctic island) and grandson of Thorvald Ásvaldsson who was exiled from the Kingdom of Norway during King Haakon Haraldsson’s reign (most likely in 960) and left for Iceland.
History Fact #10
Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. He was one of the greatest military commanders in history, born on the island of Corsica on August 15, 1769.
Napoleon wasn’t short. He was actually above an average Frenchman. He was actually 5’7″, an average male height at the time. Napoleon was often seen with his Imperial Guard, which contributed to the perception of his being short because the Imperial Guards were of above average height. In 1803, he was mocked in British newspapers as a short-tempered small man.
History Fact #11
During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. Serving in divisions of infantry, armour and a fledgeling airborne force, they fought on three continents in Africa, Europe and Asia. The British Indian Army fought in Ethiopia against the Italian Army, in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria against both the Italian and German Army. The bulk of the Indian Army was committed to fighting the Japanese Army.
87,000 Indian servicemen died in the WW2, 34,354 were wounded, and 67,340 became prisoners of war. Their valour was recognised with the award of some 4,000 decorations, and 18 members of the Indian Army were awarded the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from 1942, asserted that the British “couldn’t have come through both wars (World War I and II) if they hadn’t had the Indian Army.
History Fact #12
Taj Mahal was badly damaged and looted during early 18th century by Jat rulers of Bharatpur. Raja Ram Jat invaded Agra and plundered Akbar’s tomb and Taj Mahal. They ransacked and looted gold, jewels, precious stones and destroyed other things to avenge the death of his father Gokula.
During the first war of Indian Independence 1857, Taj Mahal was again badly vandalized and defaced by British soldiers. They chiselled out precious and semi-precious stones from the walls of Taj Mahal.
During Second World War British government erected scaffoldings and false structure around Taj Mahal to mislead Japanese Air Force attack.
Some More Bizarre and Weird Facts about History
- WW1 was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history
- Ice Age Britons used human skulls as cups
- 30,000 children took part in a “Children’s Crusade” to capture Jerusalem in 1212 AD. Most died in the journey were sold into slavery
- Pope Pius II wrote a popular erotic book called “The Tale Of Two Lovers” before assuming office
- In 1788 the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men
- Between 1525 and 1866, 12.5 million Africans were kidnapped and sold into slavery in the United States, Caribbean, and South America.
- Leonardo the Vinci’s has signed his initials on the right pupil of the Mona Lisa.
- Before the mid-19th-century dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers.
- Roman Emperor Gaius made his beloved horse a senator.
- Approximately 750,000 men died in the Civil War, which was more than 2.5% of America’s population at the time.