12 Weird History Facts You Weren’t Taught in School

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History is a huge part of our world, whether it concerns a whole country, a state, or even a few people. In school, we are taught the main points of history from World Wars to presidential elections, but some parts of history do not appear in your textbooks. If you’re curious about our world’s past, check out our twelve weird history facts proven to leave your mind spinning.

12. The University of Oxford predates the Aztec Empire

Sandip Roy

11. The use of forks was once considered sacrilegious

Sandy Millar

10. There’s a virtually intact 2,400 year-old ship at the bottom of the Black Sea

Orbtal Media

9. Edgar Allan Poe’s book The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket happened in real life

Laura Chouette

8. Since 1945 all British tanks have been equipped with tea making equipment

Eric Feng

7. The longest war was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly for 335 years

Thomas Bormans

6. Hitler and his army relied on drugs to fight during WWII

Duncan Kidd

5. One of the most feared and respected pirates in history was a Chinese prostitute named Ching Shih

Elena Theodoridou

4. When Israel was first formed, Einstein was offered the presidency but he declined

Maks Key

3. The U.S. government tried to induce rain by bombing clouds

Pero Kalimero

2. The Roman Empire used gladiator blood to treat epilepsy

Mauricio Artieda

1. Victorians ate arsenic to make their complexion paler

Karsten Winegeart

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