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Very peculiar history facts they didn’t teach you in school (23 Photos)
This amazing specimen, known as the Magnificent Argentine Bird, had a wingspan of 21 feet, and is the largest known bird to ever fly. It lived around 6 million years ago in the open plains of Argentina and the Andes Mountains. It is related to modern-day vultures and storks and had feathers the size of samurai swords.
By using sonar, two strange pyramids have been discovered at a depth of 6,000 ft. Scientists have determined that they are made up of some type of THICK glass, and are absolutely enormous – larger in fact, than the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
Anna Mae Dickinson was 8 when she lost her father and narrowly escaped death on the Titanic, 11 years old when she lost her Aunt Olivia in the torpedoing of the Lusitania, 31 when she lost her cousin Alfred in the Hindenburg explosion, 37 when she lost her nephew Thomas in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and 97 when her apartment was battered by the collapse of the Twin Towers.
The July 1889 find in Nampa, Idaho of a small human figure during a well-drilling operation caused intense scientific interest. It was unmistakably made my human hands, and was found at a depth of 320 ft. This was an extremely curious depth, as it would place it in an age far before the arrival of man in this part of the world. The find has never been challenged except to say that it was impossible.
In February 1948, distress calls were picked up by numerous ships near Indonesia from the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan. The chilling message was, “All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then one final grisly message… “I die.”
Most disturbing of all was the nature of the bodies, all frozen in place looking upwards toward the sun, arms outstretched, mouths open and a contorted look on their faces. There were no signs of injuries on the bodies.
These two men had the same name, were sentenced to the same prison and look nearly identical. However, they’ve never met and aren’t related and happen to be the reason fingerprints are now used in the justice system.
Before there were alarm clocks, there were people like Mary Smith. Smith was known as a knocker-upper, a profession that entailed shooting dried peas at people windows, in order to wake them up for work.
Winston Churchill ‘limited’ himself to 15 cigars a day.
When flour companies learned that the poor in the dust bowl were sewing flour bags to make dresses and clothing for children, they began selling their flour in decorative bags with flowers and such things printed on them so that the clothing made would be a bit more attractive.
Chinese foot binding was an ancient tradition that involved wrapping the feet of young girls. The idea was, the smaller the feet, the more beautiful and feminine the girl.
The strangest and arguably most horrifying mummies are considered to be the Guanajuato Mummies. Their contorted faces give credence to the belief that they were buried alive.
A South African monkey was once awarded a medal and promoted to the rank of corporal during World War I.
Between 1890 and 1910, Bayer’s Heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute of morphine. It was also used to cure children’s cough.
The Russian mystic, Rasputin, was the victim of a series of murder attempts on this day in 1916. The assassins poisoned, shot and stabbed him in quick succession, but they found they were unable to finish him off. Rasputin finally succumbed to the ice-cold waters of a river.
This building is home to the Shugborough Inscription. Upon closer inspection, people will see the inscription: DOUOSVAVVM.
To this day, the code has eluded decipherment. No one knows who carved it, but some believe it to be a clue left behind by the Knights Templar in regards to the location of the Holy Grail.
They say that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world. And during the American Civil War, prostitution was almost as big as the fighting. The conveniently named ‘General Hooker’ ensured that his troops were always satisfied wherever they would go, by towing along a sizeable group of ladies. With such a reputation General Hooker left a long legacy, in that his name is now used as slang for ‘prostitute’.
This giant mushroom in Oregon is over 2,400 years old. Its root system covers 3.4 square miles of land and it’s still growing.
Blackbird, who was the chief of Omaha Indians, was buried sitting on his favorite horse.
There is a belief that Catholic saints do not corrupt. The oldest ‘incorruptible’ is St. Cecilia who was martyred in 177 A.D. Her body remains much as it was 1,700 years ago when it was discovered. Her body defies the natural order and 5 of the 8 stages of a natural death.
For many years, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious spheres. They measure an inch or so in diameter, and are etched with three parallel lines. The kicker here is that the rock in which they were found is Precambrian – and dated to 2.8 billion years old.
Joseph Stalin had his photos retouched. When people were killed or disappeared, Stalin just ordered the pictures to be revised.
The Spanish Donkey was a popular (and gruesome) form of torture. A naked victim was placed astride the main board, and various numbers of weights were attached to his or her feet. The agony could almost be fine-tuned by using lighter or heavier weight.
King Tut’s Parents were siblings. DNA confirmed this mummy is both the mother of King Tut and the sister of Tut’s father Akhenaten.