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Historical Facts

Fast Food Drive-Thru: A Product of the Car Culture

September 24, 2018

Drivers wait in the drive-thru line at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. B...

A Blast From the Past

September 23, 2018

What baby boomers would refer to as having a “blast” would be perceived as “boring” to today’s generation. Yesterday’s culture looked quite different than ours does today. The forms of entertainment ...

Paul Revere: What You Didn’t Know About This American H...

September 21, 2018

American silversmith, engraver, and Revolutionary patriot, Paul Revere (1735-1818), on his famous ride spreading the alarm that the Royal troops were advancin...

Four Unusually Dramatic Disasters of the Past

September 16, 2018

An abandoned house, damaged by Hurricane Katrina, in the eerie glow of streetlamps is seen in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on August 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEE CELANO ...

Unbelievable But True

September 15, 2018

A robot waiter stands in a restaurant at Huangpu District on July 3, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The robot waiter is used to deliver food to customers, and it can play welcoming words and music. (Phot...

The Great Lakes Version of The Bermuda Triangle

September 12, 2018

Sunset over Lake Michigan with lighthouse (Photo by: Digital Light Source/UIG via Getty Images) The Bermuda Triangle has cemented its status as one of the most mysterious...

Disney’s "Moana" Depicts an Actual Event in Polynesian ...

September 10, 2018

There was much hype and anticipation when Disney announced that it would release a Polynesian-based feature-length animated movie, called Moana, in 2016. Th...

Common “Facts” Disproved

August 8, 2018

We’ve grown up hearing people say “it’s a fact” about something or other, we’ve even been taught certain “facts” in school. However, a fact is a fact until disproved or until someone disco...

Past Predictions That Came True

July 25, 2018

If you think about it, the future that is, it’s not hard to come up with something so “out there” as a possible futuristic invention. In fact, the more ridiculous it sounds to us at t...

Ancient Birth Control Plant Was Harvested into Extincti...

June 28, 2018

Birth control didn’t start with The Pill in 1960. In fact, women have sought out ways to control their own fertility since the antiquity. Today’s generation o...

Did You Know That The United States Once Planned on Nuk...

October 30, 2017

The United States once planned on shooting a nuclear bomb at the moon. If you presumed that the reasoning behind such an act was “because we can,” you are absolut...

Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos?

October 10, 2017

Most believe it is due to the limited technology at the time to capture a smile - exposure times were long and so it was easier to hold a serious expression over a long ...

15 Largest Things / Living Things on Earth

September 9, 2017

From dinosaurs to large flying birds, the world was once ruled by large creatures. Luckily, some of them are still with us today, and their sheer size never fail to captivate us....

10 Historical Facts They Don't Teach You In School

August 3, 2017

What we were taught in school was only the tip of the historical iceberg. Here are 10 facts from history they never taught you in school...

The Dollar Bill Deconstructed: Know the Meaning of All ...

June 28, 2017

The US dollar bill has been redesigned many times over the years; the version you see now was finalized in 1963. But what do all of the different symbols on the U...

10 Most Noteworthy 'Firsts' in History That Occurred Mu...

April 20, 2017

History can be a tricky subject, especially when you are trying to accurately portray significant events. Nobody is alive to confirm firsthand whether certain eve...

Hollow of 650-Year-Old Tree Used as a Hideout by Two Je...

April 17, 2017

The hollow trunk of this 650-year-old oak tree was used as a hideout by two Jewish brothers during World War II. In Wisniowa, Poland, there is an English oak tre...

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

April 16, 2017

Since the Constitution was put into operation on March 4, 1789, 33 amendments to the United States Constitution have been proposed by the U.S. Congress and sent to the states for ratifi...

Drunk Debates: In Ancient Persia, People Decide Upon Im...

April 11, 2017

In Herodutus’ discussion of the Persians, he wrote (Book I, chapter 133) that they decide upon important issues by first getting drunk. Once drunk, they start the...

The Largest Bioterror Attack in U.S. History Began at a...

April 7, 2017

One fateful day in September, 1984, a woman stood in front of the Taco Time salsa bar in The Dalles, Oregon, holding a small plastic bag filled with a brownish sl...

13 Things You Had No Idea Were Named After People!

March 29, 2017

Have you ever wondered where names of things or words we regularly use came from? Here are 13 things named after people (some of them actually did not even invent them): ...

Socotra Island: The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth

March 10, 2017

The landscape of Socotra Island has a view that looks as if it was derived from a sci-fi film but in reality, it has evolved to appear like the 'lost world' island has...

The First Products of 13 Famous Companies

March 7, 2017

Take a look at these 13 giant companies and their modest beginnings. Some discovered their niche and instantly dominated the industry during their launch, while others needed to a...

The Secrets of Medieval Castles: Why Medieval Castles A...

March 4, 2017

A medieval castle is not just a huge glamorous palace with hefty stone walls surrounding it -- it's more than that. It's an architecture that was entirely designe...

The Woman Who Got Hit By a Meteorite and Survived

March 3, 2017

One clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama, Ann Hodges was napping on her couch. It was 1954. She was resting and covered by quilts, when all of a sudden, a softball-size h...

The Day Famous Viking Bjorn Ironside Invaded Rome...Or ...

March 2, 2017

The first ruler of the Swedish Munsö dynasty, Bjorn (Björn Järnsida in Swedish) was a well-known legendary king of Sweden who lived sometime during the 9th centur...

This 2,400-Year-Old Mushroom Is The Largest Living Orga...

February 21, 2017

The Armillaria ostoyae, more popularly known as the honey mushroom, began from a single spore too tiny to be seen by the naked eye. It has been entwining its blac...

22 Fascinating Historical Facts You Probably Didn't Kno...

February 17, 2017

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How Dr. Naismith Came Up With the Game of Basketball

February 6, 2017

Dr. James Naismith is known world-wide as the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario, Canada. The concept of basketball ...

The Most Beautiful Currency Ever Created by The U.S.

February 6, 2017

In 1896, the United States released the Educational Series of silver certificates, a series of currency depicting three allegorical motifs that would become some of the...

How the US Flag Changed Throughout History (1776 - Pres...

February 5, 2017

The layout of the stars was officially standardized in 1912, while the colors were standardized in 1934. Starting in 1818, the new flags were introduced on July 4...

Bound To Be Beautiful: 30 Photos of Chinese Women With ...

February 3, 2017

Foot binding was a custom practiced on young females for approximately one thousand years in China, from the tenth century until the early twentieth century. Wome...

Every Night the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, ...

January 31, 2017

Where do they keep the Charters of Freedom, which is the collective name for the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, when ...

The President Tree: One Photo, 126 Frames, 2 Billion Le...

January 31, 2017

Located in Sequoia National Park is an astounding natural wonder, the President Tree, stands at 247-feet tall and a several thousand years old. This incredible tr...

20 Fantastic Trivia from History You Can Work Into Conv...

January 19, 2017

Probably unheard-of --- January 4th is National Trivia Day! Celebrate by engaging with some of these fun facts from Mental Floss into conversation. ...

12 Facts From History You Probably Didn't Know

January 16, 2017

In 1536, these three cages, used to hold the dismembered remnants of opposing religious leaders in the region, still hang on St. Lambert’s Cathedral in Münster, Germany The ...

Cost of Living Throughout the Years, 1924 - 1999

January 6, 2017

Cost of living is the amount of money necessary to maintain a certain standard of living, basic expenditures included such as housing, food, taxes and health care. Take a l...

Portland Castle: One of Henry VIII’s Finest Coastal For...

December 31, 2016

Portland Castle is an artillery fort constructed during the time of Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, in the early 1540s. The two-storey keep was buil...

Bonsai Tree Planted In 1625 Has Survived Hiroshima Bomb...

December 29, 2016

Planted in 1625, this bonsai tree is currently 391-years-old and has survived the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. The tree belonged to the Yamaki family, who in...

The Fall of the Titanic

December 28, 2016

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after hitting an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The pr...

Random Facts About Every Country in the World

December 21, 2016

There are 195 countries in the world and here are some random facts about each one. Credit: Wendover Productions

History of Dentistry: From Barber-Surgeons to Dentists

December 5, 2016

Few people know that barbering (the simple practice of cutting hair on the scalp) and dentistry co-existed for many years. As far back as the Bronze Age (3500 BC) men...

Stephanie Kwolek: The Woman Who Invented Kevlar

November 25, 2016

Stephanie Kwolek is the chemist who invented Kevlar in 1965. She started working as a chemist in 1946 just to earn enough money to go to medical school, to fulfill her child...

This 1908 Explosion is Estimated to be 1000 Times More ...

November 15, 2016

On 30 June 1908, an huge explosion ripped through the air above a remote taiga forest in Siberia, near the Podkamennaya Tunguska river. The fireball is believed ...

16 Types of Government and How They Work

November 12, 2016

This infographics, brought to you by wordpandit, defines the different types of governments and provides their brief description.

The Most Remost Island On Earth And Its 300 Residents

November 5, 2016

Tristan da Cunha is a tiny overseas territory of the United Kingdom, smack in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. The island has no airport. The only regular trans...

Random Interesting Facts About US Presidents

November 5, 2016

Some random facts about 7 US presidents...

10 Equations That Shaped Human History and Changed The ...

November 4, 2016

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways. Here are ten equations that have shaped mathematics and human hi...

10 Shortest Lived Countries in History

November 3, 2016

Did you know California was once a country? Credit: Top Lists

Three of the Scariest Nuclear Bomb Accidents in History

November 3, 2016

1958 Georgia: Nuclear Bomb Training Accident Nuclear Bombing training exercises were common during the 1950s, so it’s not entirely surprising for an accident to occ...

10 Most Mysterious Prehistoric Sites From Around The Wo...

October 29, 2016

Every single ancient site discovered around world is shrouded in mystery as to how, when, and why they were built. Here are 10 of the most mysterious and intrigui...

Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their Novels

October 27, 2016

This fascinating infographic from Jonkers Rare Books illustrates the unpublished titles of some of the most famous books of Western fiction, and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kam...

Alive Dead People: Most Well-Preserved Bodies in Histor...

October 27, 2016

Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924): RUSSIA This horrifyingly alive-looking man is Vladimir Lenin - the father of Russian Communism and the first leader of the Soviet Un...

15 Myths and Facts About Ancient Egypt

October 26, 2016

From alien theories to the rights of Egyptian women, here are 15 of the most surprising and myth-breaking facts about Ancient Egypt discovered these last few decades. H/T Planet Do...

The Dark and Brutal History of The Brazen Bull

October 15, 2016

There have been all forms of horrible torture and execution methods throughout history. One of the most brutal yet strangely elegant methods of execution in ancient Greece ca...

Some of the Rarest Items in The World...

October 11, 2016

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The Unbelievable Voynich Manuscript Still Defies Explan...

October 11, 2016

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. It has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404-1438), and may ...

The Metal Stamps Used to Tattoo Auschwitz Prisoners

October 11, 2016

They could almost be mistaken for innocent trinkets, but these metal stamps were used to tattoo prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the early days of th...

Interesting Facts from Random Points in History

October 5, 2016

Here are some bits of facts from different points in history we thought you'd enjoy...

Study of King Richard III's Bones Reveal Fatal Blows an...

October 3, 2016

Although he only ruled for two years – from 1483 to 1485 – Richard III stands out among his peers as one of the most famous (or infamous) Kings of England. King ...

Bits of History

October 1, 2016

How Long Did Famous Structures Take to Build?

October 1, 2016

Information about history of famous buildings across the centuries, dates and names of architects included, as well as less-known fascinating info. H/T Visually

6 Popular Dog Breeds Before And After 100 Years Of Bree...

September 30, 2016

The Science of Dogs blogged a series comparing your favorite dog breeds from the 1915 book "Dogs of All Nations" to their present counterparts. Many dogs have bee...

A Beginner's Guide to Understanding a Coat of Arms

September 28, 2016

Coat of Arms are highly popular in the medieval period for Knights to use as a form of identification. They are still a matter of Civil Law in England and the use and dis...

Why The City of Paris Has Virtually No Tall Buildings L...

September 27, 2016

If you've ever studied the skyline of Paris, you might have noticed that the central part of the city has virtually no tall buildings. Seems odd for a bustling Eu...

21 Random Facts About Albert Einstein You Probably Didn...

September 9, 2016

Albert Einstein is one of history's best-known thinkers. These 21 lesser known facts will surprise you. Source Source Source Source Source Source Source ...

What the Nazis Said to Gen. Eisenhower Upon Surrenderin...

September 8, 2016

On May 7, 1945, Nazi forces had all but disintegrated. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide and Soviet forces had already taken Berlin, resulting in the surrender o...

18 Facts About Leonardo Da Vinci You Probably Didn't Kn...

September 7, 2016

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The Elongated Heads of the Mangbetu People

September 7, 2016

Mangbetu people live in Central Africa, in northeastern Congo. Their elongated heads gave them a distinctive look. At birth the heads of babies’ were tightly wrapped with cloth i...

27 Random World War II Facts (Part I)

September 7, 2016

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11 Interesting Random Facts from History

August 28, 2016

Here's a set of more random facts from the past. Enjoy! Related articles: 20 Random Facts in History You Probably Didn’t Know 24 Ridiculously Weird Historical Facts That Are Sur...

Kindertransport: The Saving of 10,000 Jewish Children F...

August 25, 2016

When you think about World War I and World War II, the stories that usually come up are ones about people making both incredible and harrowing journeys — soldiers...

The Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon Ever Detonated in Huma...

August 24, 2016

On October 30th, 1961 the Russians detonated the largest nuclear bomb man ever made - the Tsar Bomba. It contained the equivalent of 50 million tons of TNT, or 10...

25 Famous Predictions That Were Proven To Be Wrong

August 22, 2016

The only predictable thing about the future is that it's unpredictable. Which is why it's never a good idea to doubt or dismiss the possibility of a 'futuristic' technol...

Glimpse Into Our Rich Past with These 31 Historic Photo...

August 20, 2016

Random images from the rich bowels of our past. H/T HistoryPorn | Shorpy

5 Lost and Found Historic Treasures

August 19, 2016

Find out how these priceless historic objects were lost and then recovered... H/T History.com

19th Century Pickup Cards Used By Men Before On Women T...

August 19, 2016

Around 1870s to 1880s, long before online dating, men used pickup cards and hand them to women they found attractive. As Alan Mays, a collector of such cards, put...