1816 was the “Year Without Summer”. Snow fell all Summer from New England to as far south as Virginia. This may have been due to the Tambora volcano, which erupted for a Week.
A nomadic tribe lived over 12,000 years ago in Turkey and built massive megaliths over 25-acre area. At that time mankind only knew how to make fire but had not discovered the wheel yet. Excavations are still going on today.
Shoe swapping was a high school fad in 1947.
The reason announcers and commentators of the 1950s spoke so oddly is because they spoke something called “Transatlantic speech”. Another reason why is because the audio receivers of the day couldn’t pick up bass tones.
When asked what was the greatest political fact of modern times, Otto Von Bismarck (the man who unified Germany) responded that it was “the inherited and permanent fact that North America speaks English.”
On May 30th 1883, a woman tripped on the Brooklyn Bridge, sparking panic that the bridge was collapsing. The resulting stampede ended with 12 people dead and more than 35 wounded.
The Norse Sagas which describe the historical pre-Columbus Viking discovery of North America also say that they met Native Americans who could speak a language that sounded similar to Irish, and who said that they’d already encountered white men before them.
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.