#1 CLEOPATRA LIVED CLOSER IN TIME TO THE MOON LANDING THAN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PYRAMID OF GIZA
It blows my mind how these small things can impact how we move! Think of how fast we’re developing and what that’ll look like in 2,000 years!
#2 IT TOOK 20,000 PEOPLE 22 YEARS TO BUILD THE TAJ MAHAL
Wow, all of those people! Sure, it’s the pinnacle of human achievement and will remain as such until the end of time, but Shah Jahan was a bit selfish for making all those people work on one tribute for his late wife!
#3 THE BEST SELLING BOOK OF THE 15TH CENTURY WAS AN EROTIC BOOK CALLED THE TALE OF THE TWO LOVERS, WRITTEN BY NONE OTHER THAN POPE PIUS II
Of course, he wasn’t inducted until 2 decades after his romance was published. But that brings a bit of an uncomfortable thought of the current pope. What if he was behind “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Awkward, right?!
#4 KARL MARX WAS ONCE A CORRESPONDENT FOR THE NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE
Just imagine if this information received more light when Americans were hunting down Communists like witches.
#5 THE SHORTEST WAR IN HISTORY WAS BETWEEN ZANZIBAR AND ENGLAND IN 1896. ZANZIBAR SURRENDERED AFTER 38 MINUTES
Even though the origin of the war was a bit boring, 500 casualties were sustained in that short time before Zanzibar surrendered. Wow!
#6 THE SALUTE COMES FROM MEDIEVAL TIMES, WHEN KNIGHTS WOULD RAISE THEIR VISORS TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY
Wow, who knew?! We always thought it was a silly gesture. It’s pretty awesome that it has that warrior reference.
#7 JOHN F. KENNEDY, ANTHONY BURGESS, ALDOUS HUXLEY, AND C.S. LEWIS ALL DIED ON THE SAME DAY
It’s quite amazing that these prolific writers all died on November 22, like JFK. Without the writers, we wouldn’t have “A Clockwork Orange,” “Brave New World,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
#8 NAPOLEON WAS ACTUALLY 5’6″, THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF A FRENCHMAN FOR THE DAY
The funny thing is that while the Napoleon Complex may live on, he’s not as short as we generally consider him. The comparison may be toward his Imperial Guards, who were strikingly tall.
#9 THE UNSTABLE ROMAN EMPEROR CALIGULA AT ONE POINT TURNED HIS PALACE INTO A BROTHEL AND FORCED ARISTOCRATIC WOMEN TO SELL THEMSELVES
Of course, this isn’t the only twisted thing that happened. It just landed as the most controversial.
#10 CELTIC WARRIORS SOMETIMES FOUGHT THEIR BATTLES NAKED, THEIR BODIES COVERED IN BLUE PAINT
Armor would be the suitable choice. But we bet the naked tactic sure caught some enemies off guard.