History facts

Figure Skating Was at the Summer Olympics

Reading Time: 2 minutes Did you know that figure skating was a summer Olympics event? It certainly was, as bizarre as it sounds, and it wasn’t as a one off event either. Over the following two summer Olympics, figure skating was an event. Today when you mention figure skating, summer Olympics is pretty much the furthest sport from your …

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Only 1 Australian Prime Minister Has Been Sacked By The Head Of State

Reading Time: < 1 minute Only 1 Australian Prime Minister has been forcefully removed from office by the head of state, the Governor General who is Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Australia and it very controversial. The Prime Minister was Gough Whitlam and the Governor General was Sir John Kerr. It began with a series of events in October 1975 when …

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 …

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The Dildo Was Invented 25,000 Years Before The Wheel, Not 15,000 As Is Often Stated

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you ever come across a factoid claiming that the dildo was invented 15000 years before the wheel? At first sight it would appear to be nothing more than a made up piece of nonsense designed to go viral. Honestly, there’s nothing better than having some piece of total claptrap that you fabricated fooling just about …

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Steve Jobs’ First Business Was Selling Illegal Blue Boxes That Gave People Free Phone Calls

Reading Time: 2 minutes Steve Jobs’ first business was selling a device called a blue box. What exactly was a blue box? It was a device that allowed people to make phone calls for free. That’s right people, the late head of the largest company in the world started off his stellar career conducting an illegal activity. However, even …

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The Real Peter Pan Committed Suicide

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s something that many people probably don’t know. One of the most popular children’s tales ever told, Peter Pan, was based on a real person. J. M. Barrie, the author of the story, based the title character on his informally adopted son, Peter Llewelyn Davies. What’s more, the real Peter Pan, as he would come to be known …

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Robert Todd Lincoln Witnessed Three Presidential Assassinations

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m not sure if this is just plain bad luck or pure coincidence. Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and Secretary of War, and also the eldest son of former President Abraham Lincoln. Being the child of a President would often be enough for one persons claim to fame, but for Robert Lincoln however, …

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Abraham Lincoln Nearly Had a Duel with James Shields

Reading Time: 2 minutes Abraham Lincoln almost had a duel with James Shields, an attorney in Illinois. What was it that could have caused Abraham Lincoln to almost be involved in a duel with a fellow Illinois law man? As with all duels it was a question of honor. You’ll never believe why it didn’t proceed. There’s little doubt …

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