In the Dark ages up to the 1800s animals were sentenced for human crimes. Dogs, pigs, cows, rats and even flies and caterpillars were arraigned in court on charges ranging from murder to obscenity.
“The Mandela Effect” is a term coined to describe the phenomenon of large numbers of people remembering something one way, and others remembering it another way. The theory is that both groups of people are correct, but one group came from one timeline or reality and another group came from another timeline or reality. Among other things, they remember Mandela dying in the 80s.
In Victorian times bottles were used to collect tears with a special stopper that allowed the tears to evaporate. When the tears were gone the mourning period was over.
During the middle ages there was a legal category called “enbrotherment” that allowed two men to share living quarters, pool their resources, and effectively live as a married couple. The couple shared “one bread, one wine, one purse.” Ye olde bromance.
Early American humans hunted car-size armadillos and used their shells for houses.
Around 762, the demand for books in Baghdad was so high that any traders who brought books were given the weight of the books in gold in return.
If the history of the planet Earth was one calendar year, humans do not show up until 11:45pm on 31 December. Recorded history is only the last 60 seconds of the aforementioned calendar year in this analogy.
In 1851 when the refrigerated ice machine was patented, the large ice-importing industry ran a smear campaign against the technology, calling it immoral.
Modern humans first appeared about 200,000 years ago, but record keeping didn’t begin until about 6,000 years ago. That means about 97% of human history is lost.
Once the Babylonians could predict when solar eclipses would occur, they would install a substitute king during this period. As they believed that these eclipses were an evil omen, this substitute king could be blamed. (He usually was killed after – of course making the omen true.)
The highest earning sportsman in history is a Roman chariot racer called Gaius Appuleius Diocles, who earned, in today’s money, $15 billion.
The wheel was invented thousands of years after boats, woven cloth, rope, sewing needles, baskets and even the flute.
The richest man in history is the 14th century Malian Emperor Mansa Musa I. When adjusted for inflation, he had a net worth of $400 billion.
In feudal Japan, merchants were the lowest class because unlike farmers and artisans, they don’t actually produce anything.
There is so little archaeological and literary evidence from the period in history between 614 and 911 AD that some historians believe those years did not exist at all and that we are currently in the 1700s.