A Roman merchant who sold fake jewels was sentenced to face a lion in the arena. When the gate finally opened, a chicken walked out. Emperor Gallienus proclaimed “He practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him.”
During the era of Genghis Khan, the Mongols celebrated a victory over the Russians by laying survivors on the ground, dropping a heavy wooden gate on them, and then having a victory banquet on top of it while the victims suffocated and were crushed to death.
King Croesus was told by the Delphic Oracle that if he invaded Persia, he would destroy a great empire. Croesus attacked the Persians, but was eventually defeated and captured. The great empire destroyed was his own.
Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members. He had a favorite horse, Incatitus, whom he clothed in the finest robes, suitable for the nobility. Caligula gave Incitatus 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger and a jeweled collar. He required that those passing by bow to his horse and demanded that it be fed oats mixed with flex of gold and wine delivered by fine goblets. Often, the invitations were sent from the palace in the horse’s name. Incatitus was allowed to eat dinner at the emperor’s table. Dignitaries were forced to tolerate the horse as a guest of honor at banquets. Also, Caligula attempted to make Incatitus either a senator or a priest before the emperor’s death.
The first recorded flight of a human with artificial wings happened in the year 6 CE. Emperor Kao Yang liked to strap kites to his prisoners and throw them off of towers. One lucky guy, Yuan Huang T’ou, got a kite that worked well enough to carry him safely to the ground.
Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.
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.