History facts

Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree is Still Alive and Growing Today

It may sound unbelievable, and even inconceivable, but would you believe that Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree is still growing today? That’s some three hundred and fifty years after the now famous, and might we also say groundbreaking incident which spurned his theory on gravity. Now, if you don’t know the story about Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree and his theory on gravity, we’ll lay it out quickly for you here. In the late summer of 1666, Newton reportedly saw an apple fall from a tree. There are a few rumors that it struck him on the head, but there’s no firm evidence ... Read more

10 Deadliest Theme Park Accidents

The ten deadliest theme park accidents in history. When it comes to theme parks and amusement rides we all know that there’s an element of risk involved. That’s part of the thrill. Even though there are plenty of safety features and procedures in place, sometimes the unthinkable happens. Here’s our list of the ten deadliest theme park accidents in history. 10 Water Slide at Waterworld USA – California, USA. June 2, 1997 – 1 Death 32 injured While there are plenty of tragedies at theme parks that claim one life, what sets this apart from those many sad events is the ... Read more

William the Conquerors Stomach Exploded

You may have seen our article about the unfortunate decomposition event, if we can call it that, of Henry VIII of England. But it would appear as though he was not the only king of England to have part of his anatomy explode. In fact, William the Conqueror’s stomach exploded too. William the Conqueror is best remembered for his invasion and conquest of England in 1066. He defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, after the Anglo-Saxon king had only just defeated a Viking invasion to the north before quickly marching his forces south to face William. History might not ... Read more

Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits, and Lost

Napoleon Bonaparte was attacked by a pack of rabbits. No, don’t laugh, it actually happened. Not only was Napoleon attacked by rabbits, but it happened when he was the most powerful man in the world. But if you think the French president and general of the army being attacked by rabbits is funny, wait until you see how this encounter ended. The bunny rabbit. Cute, adorable, fluffy balls of cuddly fun, oh, and ever so delicious. Their reputation is more akin to a cuddly and harmless child’s teddy bear than a pack of Wild flesh-eating piranha. In fact, they are ... Read more

The Brontosaurus Didn’t Exist

So do you remember that time in class when you were learning about dinosaurs and one of them was the brontosaurus? It was one of the largest animals to have ever walked on land. Along with the tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and pterodactyl, our childish imaginations ran wild. But it was all lies! Dirty no good lies! Well, at least one of them was. You see, the brontosaurus didn’t exist. Not ever. Not even for a brief second in actual physical living and breathing form. So why exactly didn’t the brontosaurus exist? I suppose the best way to explain the confusion ... Read more

In 1911 Pigtails Were Banned in China

Looking back at past perceptions of Chinese people one of the most recognizable features was that of a person in a pigtail. This image can be seen in many movies, television shows and cartoons throughout the twentieth century. I don’t know how many times I saw a cartoon character manage to dig through the center of the earth to find themselves in China confronted by a man in a straw hat with a goatee and pigtail. It was an image that many generations grew up recognizing. But the remarkable thing is that in 1911 pigtails were banned in China. So ... Read more

Mayan Kings Pierced Their Penises in a Blood Offering to Their Gods

Well, I can think of probably a million things better to do to please a god than this. The Mayan kings used to pierce their penises in a blood offering to their gods. Of course, this would be as painful as it sounds, but their willies weren’t the only body parts that suffered for their devotion. You have to hand it to the Mayans. They took worship of their deities to the next level. If a king piercing his penis wasn’t enough to please his gods, he could always inflict pain elsewhere on his body. This is a level of ... Read more

A Medieval Form of Torture Involved a Goat Licking Salt of Someones Feet

There was once a form of torture that involved a goat licking salt of your feet. No, this isn’t a joke, and even though it sounds quite ridiculous, and hardly as terrifying as something like this, it was an excruciatingly painful form of punishment. You are probably sitting there wondering just how something like this could be considered as punishment? Well, read on and be surprised and disgusted all at the same time. To have a goat licking salt of your feet as a form of torture hardly sounds like it would be that great an ordeal. To be honest, at ... Read more

The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner Came from a Drinking Song

When it comes to national anthems, the tune, words and history instill pride in the countrymen and women who not only sing them, but also listen in. Even if the song isn;t from your own country, it’s something that you will listen in on and pay respect to. However, there are a few anthems from around the world that are well known outside of the nation of which they reside. Two of the most prominent ones are the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, and the US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, which are almost instantly recognized in ... Read more

Alexander the Great Had Two Different Eye Colors

One of the ancient world’s most powerful men, Alexander the Great, had two different eye colors. For a lot of people reading this right now, this might come as a bit of a surprise. Eyes are supposed to match, and different colors just isn’t possible, or is it? Well, it is, and it is a little more common than you might think. The condition that Alexander the Great had that gave him two different colored eyes is called heterochromia iridum. While it’s actually not all that common in humans, several household names have this condition. Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis, Henry Cavill, Kiefer Sutherland and Wentworth ... Read more