For a period in the 19th century, walking competitions that lasted for days was a big money spectator sport.
Nostradamus’ predictions were based on past events; he simply believed history would repeat itself. He would pick historical events at random, then use astrological calculations to figure out when they’d happen again. Also, he wrote a cookbook.
In 1695 the English parliament passed a law to tax all bachelors over the age of 25. The Bachelor Tax was later abolished in 1706.
There was a mysterious culture in Eastern Europe between 5,500 to 2,700 BC which constructed sophisticated, organized, densely-populated settlements – only to burn them to the ground every 60-80 years to rebuild the same settlement as before.
In 1648 an angry mob of Parisians once broke into the royal palace, demanding to see the king. They were led into the bedchamber of Louis XIV, who was pretending to be asleep. Satisfied, the mob quietly departed.
Archeological evidence suggests that the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies was the pancake.
Prehistoric Europeans made clay baby bottles in the shape of cute animals. These bottles have been found in the graves of infants, indicating an importance greater than simply function.
In 1325 in Italy, Modenese soldiers stole a well bucket from Bologna. 30,000 Bolognese foot-soldiers were sent to invade Modena. Outnumbered 6 to 1, Modena won in just a few hours and chased the enemy all the way back to Bologna. Then they stole another bucket.
Putting spaces between written words wasn’t a thing until the 7th Century and didn’t become popular in Europe for another few hundred years (Romanauthorsthoughtyoucouldjustfigureitoutfromcontext).
The chair has been around for nearly 5,000 years. The earliest example in the form of a sculpture from the Cycladic Islands at approximately 2,700 B.C. which was prior to Egyptian chairs, which were typically stools. Chairs with arms and backrests implied elite status.