The longest war in recorded history lasted 335 years and 19 days. It was between the Dutch and the Isles of Scilly, there were no casualties, and the Dutch actually forgot about the conflict until a Scilly historian contacted them about it in 1985. A treaty was signed between them in 1986.
In 1869, a strange fashion trend was afoot among the hippest London ladies. With the assistance of canes and mismatched shoes or specialty pairs with different heel heights, they affected what was called the Alexandra Limp.
1.7 billion years ago, there was a natural nuclear reactor that ran for a few hundred thousand years.
In Middle ages people walked in different fashion than we do now. So-called toe-heel walking used to be absolutely natural. In about 1500s, the way of walk changed as did the foot wear.
The Romans loved Chinese silk so much that the Senate banned its wearing by men in 14 A.D. It was hurting the economy as way too much silk was being imported and not enough of other stuff, like iron.
200-1200s AD, Inuit and Vikings colonized Greenland multiple times, but they often missed the other and found the ruins of the other’s attempt. First Contact finally happened in the 1200s, with Inuits colonizing the Vikings.
Black people in ancient Rome were not discriminated against because of their skin color or physical features. They were not excluded from any profession and there was no stigma against mixed race relationships. Classical writers did not attach social status or degree of humanity to skin color.
Between 1798 and the Civil War, the U.S. Navy lost two-thirds as many officers to dueling as it did to more than 60 years of combat at sea. In the 18th and early 19th Centuries, personal honor could have a very real impact on a man’s life, especially for a naval officer. Most naval officers aspired to use glory and prize money to join the upper classes, but no one would give command of a ship to a cowardly or dishonorable officer. That’s why an insult in the wardroom could quickly turn into a deadly duel – if you were considered meek, your chances of promotion and prosperity could disappear.
One of the major objectives of the French Revolution was to switch all measures of time from base 12 to base 10, including a ten day week. Ironically, the experiment lasted 12 years.
Laundry was for 50 years often mailed. Until the 1960s, many US college students mailed dirty clothes home for moms to wash and mail back (often including food), using reusable boxes and USPS parcel post. Modern washing machines that made washing clothes locally easier ended laundry mail.