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Oldest Joke Ever Recorded Was A Sumerian Joke About Farting

Reading Time: 2 minutes The oldest joke ever recorded is a Sumerian joke from about 1,900 BC, or nearly 4,000 years ago. We’re not about to suggest that this is the first joke ever told, that would be preposterous. It’s just that this is the oldest joke ever recorded. Before the written language, people obviously had the intelligence to make …

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Ketchup Was Originally Sold As Medicine

Reading Time: 2 minutes Perhaps one of the most used condiments in the world, ketchup, was originally sold as medicine. This occurred way back in the 1830’s, in a time of the travelling snake oil salesmen, who would peddle all kinds of concoctions that apparently had miracle healing properties. So what exactly was it about ketchup that apparently had health …

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Leonardo DaVinci Bought Caged Animals To Set Them Free

Reading Time: 2 minutes Leonardo DaVinci bought caged animals at the markets just to set them free. This was an unusual trait for a man living in the late 15th to early 16th century. So why was he so different? Leonardo DaVinci is renowned for his intellect and artistic talent, creating masterpieces in art and invention. The intricate detail …

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Hennig Brand Discovered Phosphorus When He Tried To Make Gold From Urine

Reading Time: 2 minutes The discovery of phosphorus was made when an alchemist, Hennig Brand, tried to make gold from urine. It’s something that most people wouldn’t even think of trying to do, but back in the mid seventeenth century peoples general knowledge of chemistry was not as advanced as it is today. So why did he try to …

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Seoul Was the Capital of North Korea Until 1972

Reading Time: 2 minutes Seoul was the capital of North Korea until 1972. It doesn’t seem quite right does it? But it was the stark reality for nearly 20 years after the end of the Korean War. So why was Seoul was the capital of North Korea until 1972? After all, Seoul is south of the 38th parallel, which is considered the …

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Longest Reigning Monarch in the World Ever Reigned for 82 Years

Reading Time: 2 minutes The longest reigning monarch in the world ever was Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland who reigned for 82 years and nine months. He managed to beat his closest competitor but just over a year. That is of course an insurmountable amount of time to spend as a head of state, spanning much longer than the average …

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The First Programmable Computer Was Funded by Hitler

Reading Time: 2 minutes The worlds first programmable computer was the Z3, an improvement on the unreliable and basic Z1, not the British Colossus, and it was funded by none other than the most despised human that has ever lived, Adolf Hitler. This computer should not be confused with the slightly later Colossus that helped the Allies win the Second World War as …

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Bir Tawil is a Small Piece of Land Not Claimed by Any Country

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bir Tawil has to be one of the most unique pieces of land in the world today. The land is so unique because not one single country that borders Bir Tawil claims it. Surely there must be something wrong with the land if no one wants it? But to the best of our knowledge there’s actually …

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Mickey Mouse Attempted Suicide Repeatedly in 1930

Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you know that in 1930 there was a Mickey Mouse suicide comic strip published? This dark strip showed Mickey Mouse attempting suicide not once, but repeatedly throughout the strip. Not only was it really published, but it was also published by Disney themself in what could be considered one hell of a big mistake. What …

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