The story may seem long and boring to most people. Remembering dates and places where several important events occurred does not sound like fun at all. Although you thought you already knew all the facts that have happened throughout history, these are some facts that we are sure you did not know until now. We will show you that history is not always as monotonous as we think.
Did you know that until the eighteenth century animals in Europe could be held criminally responsible? There are cases of donkeys, horses and even dogs sentenced to death for committing different "crimes."
The experiment that turned a cat into a telephone
At Princeton University, they were able to turn a live cat into a telephone in 1929. Researchers Ernest Glen Wever and Charles W. Bray, known for proposing the theory of frequency or periodicity of sound perception, connected a live cat to a telephone system and reproduced the main scheme of a telephone.
A little unusual funeral
The Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna organized a very elaborate funeral for his leg, which was snatched from him in an explosion in September 1842.
The shortest war
The shortest war in all history lasted 38 minutes, and was a military conflict between United Kingdom Zanzibar, which occurred on August 27, 1896.
Catholics believe that
According to the beliefs, the Catholic saints never get rotten. An example of this is Santa Cecilia, who died in 177 AD, and to this day remains intact.
The cause of the Black Death
When Pope Gregory IX came into his office he made everyone believe that cats were demon possessed and decided to end with all of them, especially the black ones, because according to him they brought bad energies. The lack of cats caused the overpopulation of rats and cockroaches, thus causing the black plague.
The heroin was syrup
This was used during World War II to soothe throat discomfort in children and help them sleep. Some time later it began to be used as a medicine to cure cough.
The name Heroin was given because ...
A chemist from the Bayer company put the name "heroin" on the substance because of his heroic abilities to replace morphine. It was believed that this drug was less addictive and had fewer side effects.
The Arabic numbers were invented by ...
Einstein was almost president
Not only was he a true genius, he was also invited by Israel to be its president but he declined. According to him, he was not yet ready to take on so much responsibility.
Rasputin, someone hard to kill
Grigori Rasputin was considered a religious healer with very special gifts in the last century, for which he won many enemies for his narcissistic personality. In 1916, he suffered several assassination attempts in a single day, he was shot, stabbed, poisoned by several people but survived. Convinced that he had died, they threw him into a frozen river. Some time later they discover that he had drowned.
The Egyptian's pillows
Egyptians were not the only ones who made their first pillow based on stone or other materials such as gold when it was a pharaoh's. They were used especially to support the head, unlike the current ones that are for the comfort of each person.
Very medieval dental prostheses
In the Middle Ages, dental prostheses were made with teeth extracted from soldiers who died in battles, something that changed with time completely.
The first alarm clocks
Before the alarm clocks or cell phones were invented, women were hired to do this work, and they used tubes or straws to make noise and touch the windows.
A very talented North Korean dictator
Kim Jong-il, father of the current dictator Kim Jong-un, had a lot of musical talent and wrote 6 operas, but none of them were ever performed.
The largest bird in the world
The largest bird known to man was originally from Argentina. Its wings extended by 6 meters and a half.
A monkey soldier
A monkey called Jackie was adopted by a soldier in 1918. He fought in the First World War and was part of the nursing area of the South African Army. He did not survive one of the attacks.
Elizabeth and the really disastrous banquet
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet to be prepared with an ingredient of the new world; potatoes. The real chefs had never prepared them and only used the greener part of the ingredient, making the whole royal court sick with food.
During the trial of the Salem witches in Massachusetts, from 1962 to 1963, women accused of witchcraft were not burned at the stake, they were hanged.
Napoleon was attacked by rabbits
Napoleon loved rabbits and had several pets. One day, on a guided tour of his home, Napoleon opened the rabbit cages, to show them better to his guests but they, for some strange reason, were furious, and went against him.