Forgotten Discoveries From Past Decades

By Sophia Maddox | April 3, 2024

This Schramm javelin prototype was a single-seat aluminum body helicopter designed by B.J Schramm in 1964

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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When Rotorway decided that everyone needed a personal helicopter they tapped B.J. Schramm to mock up an idea for a single-seat aluminum helicopter. The Schramm Scorpion took its first flight in 1966 with hopes of becoming America’s own personal kit helicopter.

The Scorpion production kits were actually on sale from the late ‘60s all the way until 1984. The mini-copters could fly out to a range from 160 miles and could cruise along at 65 miles per hour while carrying up to 425 pounds. Can you imagine how cool the world would be if we were all flying around in these mini helicopters?

King Tutankhamun's sandals, royal and fashionable

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Source: Reddit

When we think about ancient Egypt we tend to imagine giant pyramids and mummies interred in sarcophagi, but there’s so much more to the time period than those basic facts. These sandals worn by King Tut show that people in Ancient Egypt were more like modern day people than we ever imagined. Not only did they wear shoes similar to what we have today, but they were just as into fashion as we are. André Veldmeije, renowned ancient footwear expert said:

When footwear is mentioned in general books, if at all, it is usually noted that sandals were flimsy and most people were barefoot all the time. Moreover, they say there were only few types of sandals. This is a misconception, probably based on artistic depictions alone. The variety of footwear is much greater than imagery suggests and even includes shoes that are never depicted; we only know them from the archaeological record.