There are so many weird historical facts we don’t know about that sometimes it seems reality is way more exciting than fiction. We believe that such stories make our world a more interesting place, and that’s why we decided to share some of them with you.
1. Einstein for the president
On November 17, 1952, the Prime Minister of Israel officially offered the presidency to Albert Einstein. He declined it by saying that he lacked the ability to deal properly with people.
2. Tutankhamun parents were brother and sister
Recent DNA studies confirmed that King Tutankhamun’s severe health problems such as malaria and bone disorder were the consequences of an incestuous union: his parents were siblings. Tutankhamun also may have married one of his half-sisters. What a family
3. People actually wore flour sacks
In those difficult times, if women wanted to provide for their families, they had to get creative — especially when it came to clothing. That’s when women noticed that one of their food staples — flour — came in cotton sacks. Innovative and desperate, they often emptied the sacks and used the fabric to make clothing for their children. When flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. Families greatly appreciated this, as times were very hard.
4. The largest bird in the world
Argentavis magnificens was among the largest flying birds ever to exist, quite possibly surpassed in wingspan only by the recently discovered Pelagornis sandersi. A. magnificent, sometimes called the giant teratorn, is an extinct species known from three sites in central and northwestern Argentina dating to the late Miocene, where a good sample of fossils have been obtained. Argentavis had an estimated wing span of 5.09–6.07 m (16.7–19.9 ft), a height of circa 1.5–2 m (4.9–6.6 ft), and a mass of approximately 70–72 kg (154–159 lb).
5. The strangest SOS message
In 1948 several ships passing near Malaysia received the same strange SOS messages. Two American ships received the signals from a Dutch vessel called SS Ourang Medan. The message said, “All the officers, including the captain, are dead. Possibly the whole crew is dead… I’m dying.” When they went to the rescue, they found every member of the crew lying dead, they were frozen, with expressions of sheer terror on their faces and outstretched arms defending themselves from whatever they saw. Even the dog was found the same way. The creepiest thing is that there were no injuries on any of the bodies.
6. The reason we use fingerprints
They looked identical and even shared the same name, but the two prisoners pictured were actually different people and their remarkable case helped bring in the era of fingerprint identification. The man on left was called Will West, the man on right William West, and they were both sentenced to jail at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas over 100 years ago. The arrival of Will West in 1903 caused the records clerk at the prison considerable confusion, because he was convinced he’d processed him two years previously.
7. Wake-up call
A knocker-up, sometimes known as a knocker-upper, was a profession in Britain and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution, when alarm clocks were neither cheap nor reliable, and to as late as the beginning of the 1950s. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.
8. Painful Asian beauty
Foot binding began in the 10th century when women of a high class would practice binding because they thought it would make them more beautiful and appealing. Poor women were workers, so they were not able to practice this modification, but wealthy women did not need to be on their feet as much, which is where foot binding was seen most often.
9. Huge crystal pyramids
Using sonar technology, scientists have discovered two giant pyramids at 6,000 feet under the sea. They’re made of what looks like thick crystal, and they’re larger than the pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
10. Stalin invented Photoshop
Stalin was notorious for routinely airbrushing his enemies out of photographs. As people fell out of favor with Stalin, so to did their photographic identity. In this image we see a comissar removed after falling out of Stalin’s good graces.
11. Some saints look like they’re sleeping
Their preservations since that time have challenged the opinions of skeptics and contradicted and defied the laws of nature, all to the dismay of many examining physicians and the admiration of succeeding generations.The oldest intact body is that of Saint Cecilia, who was martyred in 177 AD. Her body remains very similar to what it looked like 1,700 years ago when it was discovered, defying all laws of nature. The picture shows another saint named Maria Tiagi.
12. Clue to the location of the Holy Grail
The Shepherd’s Monument in Staffordshire, England, has a mysterious inscription on it: DOUOSVAVVM. No one knows who put it there, and no one knows what it means, but many believe that it may be a message left by the Knights Templar to find the exact location of the Holy Grail.
13. Where the word “Hooker” comes from
The use of the word “hooker” as a term for a prostitute actually originated with Civil War General Joseph Hooker, who brought prostitutes along on campaigns for his men.
14. The most horrifying mummies
The Guanjuato Mummies are considered to be amongst the most horrifying in the world due to their contorted faces. Author, Ray Bradbury, visited the catacombs and stated: “The experience so wounded and terrified me, I could hardly wait to flee Mexico”.
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