Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than We Already Know

By Sophia Maddox | December 1, 2023

Legendary whiskey distiller Jack Daniel died from kicking his safe after forgetting the combination.

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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What a way to go. On October 9, 1911 in Lynchburg, Tennessee a titan of the American liquor industry was taken down by his own safe. This safe didn’t fall on him and he didn’t try to detonate with dynamite that backfired, instead he was trying to take care of some paperwork that was left inside the safe. Without the combination Daniel started kicking it, which of course didn’t do anything but leave him with a nasty infection on his big toe. The infection turned gangrenous and spread throughout his body, and luckily he had time to turn over his business to his favorite nephew Lem Motlow before he passed away from complications due to his infection.

German artist Igor Loskutow carved this incredible wooden dragon bench with a chainsaw.

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We don’t normally think of a chainsaw as a tool for precision cutting, but for Estonian artist Igor Loskutow it’s one of his most prized possessions. As a part of the Husqvarna chainsaw sculpture team he goes across Europe showing off his unique set of skills. This impressive dragon bench was carved with its head and tail curling around where you’re meant to sit shows a masterful amount of precision and grace. This bench was awarded the top honors at the 2015 Huskycup World Title, a prize that Loskutow obviously deserves. In 2017 he started constructing a similar bench, but used contrasting woods to get a fiery effect.