25 Craziest Historical Facts That You Can Never Believe Are Actually True

  1. During the 18th century, you could pay your admission ticket to the zoo in London by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions.
  2. The most successful pirate that ever existed was a Chinese prostitute that owned 1,500 ships and 80,000 sailors.
  3. In older versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the wolf eat grandma together.
  4. In the 1800s, it was considered a cruel and unusual punishment to feed convicts and prisoners with lobster.
  5. Van Buren was raised in Kinderhook, N.Y., and his nickname was “Old Kinderhook.” A popular hypothesis is that the colloquial saying OK stems from the OK clubs that began in support of his election campaign.
  6. In early Rome a father could legally kill anyone in his family.
  7. Charles II on the wedding night of his nephew and future King, William of Orange, watched the entire consummation whilst shouting encouragement from the sidelines.
  8. More Chinese people died by Japanese cruelty than Jewish people by German cruelty.
  9. King Goujian of Yue placed a row of convicted criminals at the front of his army. Before the battle the criminals would cut off their own heads to scare his enemy’s army by showing how crazy Goujian’s army was.
  10. Ben Franklin visited brothels almost every night.

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    Real Old Cigarette Advertisement, when it was advertised as good for health

  11. In 1973, Jimmy Carter filed a report for a UFO sighting.
  12. Prior to the 1960s tobacco companies ran physician-endorsed ads that suggested smoking had health benefits.
  13. In 755 A.D. the An Lushan rebellion against the Chinese Tang Dynasty resulted in 36 million deaths, or one-sixth of the entire world population.
  14. Saddam Hussein was given the key to the city of Detroit.
  15. U.S. President Ronald Reagan was a life guard in high school. He has been credited for saving 77 lives.
  16. Before trees were common, the Earth was covered with giant mushrooms.
  17. Upon dying, some pharaohs were sealed into their tombs alongside their living servants, pets, and concubines.
  18. Ancient Romans used a sponge on a stick to clean themselves after pooping, and shared it with everyone.
  19. Before becoming pope, Pius II wrote a popular erotic book, The Tale of Two Lovers.
  20. Tens of thousands of baby girls were abandoned each year in China because of the country’s one-child policy.
  21. Roman Emperor Gaius made his beloved horse a senator.
  22. Ice age Britons used skulls of the dead as cups.
  23. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey in order to attract flies away from the pharaoh.
  24. In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic.
  25. The father of computer science, a theoretical biologist ,the code breaker of the German Code in WWII and the father of artificial intelligence Alan Turing committed suicide after being forced to go through a hormone treatment for homosexuality and being barred from continuing what he did for a living.

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