History facts

The Original Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Reading Time: < 1 minute We’re well into our fairytale theme of facts and now it’s time for Goldilocks And The Three Bears. The tale that we all know is that Goldilocks breaks into the house owned by the three bears. The bears return home to find her sleeping in a bed. She wakes with a fright and jumps out …

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Little Red Riding Hood Killed In The Original Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes We will continue our journey into the amazing fairy tale facts with the original story of Little Red Riding Hood. In the story we are familiar with Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother in the woods. The Big Bad Wolf has taken the place of her grandmother and tries to eat her. …

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Sleeping Beauty Was a Rape Victim in the Original Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes Following on from the very different original ending to the Pied Piper we now look at Sleeping Beauty. As you can already guess, the original stories of many popular tales were extremely violent, cruel and sinister. The original story of Sleeping Beauty was no different. In fact, it had possibly one of the most evil …

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Does the Pied Piper Drown Children in the Original Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes Most of us are familiar with the fairy tale of the Pied Piper Of Hamelin. In the story the village is overrun with rats, so a visitor, who just happens to play a pipe removes the rats by playing a magical tune. When the town folk refuse to pay the piper for his service he …

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Abraham Lincoln Had A Confederate Five Dollar Bill In His Wallet

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the night that he was assassinated in Fords Theater, Abraham Lincoln had a confederate five dollar bill in his leather wallet. This is a real oddity for a man who was leading his nation during one if its most difficult periods. Why carry a piece of currency from a belligerent foe? When United States President …

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Confederate Money Wasn’t Real Money, It Was Fake

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s what seems like a silly question to ask. Was Confederate money real or fake? Surely a currency that can be traded among people for goods and services is real, but the unique circumstances of the era proved to suggest otherwise. When the confederate states of America seceded from the Union they required, among other things, …

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Uncle Sam Was A Meat Packer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Uncle Sam, the national personification of the American government was actually a meat packer from Troy, New York. That’s right, the authoritative looking and some would say tough looking Uncle Sam was a meat packer, nothing more. So how did a man from such a simple background come to become such a prominent figure in American …

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How Teddy Bears Got Their Name

Reading Time: 2 minutes   When it comes to the lovable plush toy known as teddy bears, have you ever thought for a moment or two how teddy bears got their name? The favorite children’s toy of past time, the teddy bear, was named after US President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. It got the name following an incident in November …

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How Many People Have Lived on Earth

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you ever wondered how many people have lived on Earth and if the number of dead outnumber that of the living? When Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 he included this sentence, “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the …

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