Exploring History's Lesser-Known Facets Through Rare Discoveries

By Sophia Maddox | April 19, 2024

The world’s oldest astronomical clock is still in operation in Prague.

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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The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the world's oldest fully functional astronomical clocks, meaning that aside from telling the time it also displays information about the Sun, Moon, Zodiac constellations, and even other planets in some cases. The astronomical clock in Prague is known as The Orloj and in order to provide the time and locations of astronomical bodies it had to be constructed with multiple layers. The main face of the clock features the time as well as glyphs that show ancient Czech time as well as a set of Roman numerals that tell 24 hour time. 

The face is colored in different colors of blue and red that represent different parts of the day from sunrise to sunset and even when it’s simply night. At the center of the dial sits the Earth. 

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.