Exploring History's Lesser-Known Facets Through Rare Discoveries

By Sophia Maddox | May 4, 2024

An early toaster from 1920

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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Is there anything better than a hot piece of toast? One might say it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Following the advent of electricity all sorts of fun little inventions started pooping up in stores, including this early toaster. While it does what the toaster in your home does right now, it does it much differently. In stead of toasting both sides of the bread this early toaster only heats one side of bread at a time, so users have to watch their bread get warmed to their preferred crispiness before flipping the bread and toasting the other side. 

Leon Panetta offered a $10,000 bottle of wine as a prize for Osama Bin Laden's capture.

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Following the horrible events of September 11, 2001 the Taliban’s ringleader, Osama Bin Laden, became public enemy number one in the western world. Everyone wanted to find Bin Laden and bring him to justice in order to bring honor to the country, but there was at least one restaurateur who put up a bounty on the terrorist’s head. California restaurateur Ted Balestreri jokingly said that he would uncork his 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild with US Defense Secretary if they played a part in the capture or death of Bin Laden. After Bin Laden was brought down in 2011 Balestreri said he would be honored to open up the bottle in celebration.