People Are Sharing The Wildest Historical Events That Are Rarely Talked About, And I'm Gonna Need Documentaries About Several Of These

    I must know more about why meat started falling from the sky in Kentucky.

    Recently over on r/AskReddit, u/thereisnomeme21 asked, "What are some crazy historical events that nobody talks about?"

    Being that I love going down a good historical event rabbit hole, I was instantly intrigued (and honestly, kind of shocked that I hadn't heard of some of these!).

    Here are 13 absolutely wild historical events that are rarely talked about, from songs that were investigated by the FBI to meat spontaneously falling from the sky:

    1. "In the late 1970s, Howard Hughes, who hadn't been seen in years, was supposedly building this huge prototype ship that was going to vacuum valuable minerals from the sea floor. Turns out it was a CIA cover story. An advanced Soviet submarine had sunk in deep Pacific waters, [and] they wanted to try to retrieve it. They spent years and millions [of dollars] on a top-secret ship. It had to remain top secret because the Soviets would do almost anything to prevent a new submarine falling into enemy hands." —u/3kniven6gash

    A picture of a ship with the words "The Glomar Explorer"; Howard Hughes

    2. "The Kentucky meat shower. [In] 1876, chunks of red meat fell from the sky without explanation. It was examined, and was possibly lung tissue from horses or human infants. Some people even ate it." —u/Skevinger

    3. "The MOVE bombing in 1985. The Philadelphia Police literally bombed a building from a helicopter and incinerated two city blocks." —u/selviano

    an aerial view of Philadelphia

    4. "The Radium Era, where people were actually ingesting radium." —u/yamsnavas2

    Women making glow-in-the-dark watches

    5. "Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica that went wrong. Most amazing survival expedition story I’ve ever read about." —u/Android_Replicant

    a ship in icy waters

    6. "The Great Molasses Flood (also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster). It was a horrific event that occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston. A large storage tank filled with 2.3 million US gallons of molasses, weighing approximately 13,000 short tons, burst, and the resultant wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour, killing 21 and injuring 150." —u/Back2Bach

    streets covered in molasses

    7. "The supposed hysteria over Orson Welles’ 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast was made up by local newspapers because they were afraid of being replaced by radio." —u/SnooChipmunks126

    A young Orson Welles talking on the radio; a newspaper headline about the fake radio war

    8. "The Montreal biker war in the '90s and the life of Maurice 'Mom' Boucher." —u/wharblgarble

    Maurice Boucher

    9. "The Johnstown Flood. Some of the top industrialists in the region built a resort in Pennsylvania and filled a reservoir without properly reinforcing a previously existing dam. In 1889, the dam burst, and a raging flood swept through the river valley, completely destroying some smaller villages, and all but wiping out Johnstown, a city of 30,000 people." —u/IgnoreMe304

    a painting of a flood

    10. "There was the 1958 Tybee Island mid-air collision, which resulted in a Mark 15 nuclear bomb that was lost in the ocean nearby Tybee Island. To this day, it has never been found." —u/hiero_

    A B-47 bomber; a pilot ejecting himself from an a F-86 plane

    11. "The FBI investigated the song 'Louie Louie' because the lyrics were unintelligible. They thought it could be some kind of communist plot." —u/BarryStarkweather

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    In 1963, the Kingsmen released their cover of "Louie Louie," a song that had originally been written by Richard Berry in 1955. In the Kingsmen's version of the song, it's difficult to make out the words, which launched a two-year-long FBI investigation, because they thought the song was communicating a dirty message and had been commissioned by communists. 

    The frenzy around the song began when parents began noticing their kids singing the song's lyrics. Children would attempt to decipher the lyrics by passing each other notes about what they thought the song was saying. Parents began pressuring government officials to investigate the song, believing that the Kingsmen had intentionally inserted vulgar language into the song. People like Robert Kennedy and FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, received letters about "Louie Louie," and soon, the governor of Indiana got involved.

    FBI agents spent two years analyzing the song, playing it forward and backward at varying speeds. They said that the song was indecipherable at all speeds, and determined they couldn't figure out what the song was trying to say. Oddly enough, the FBI never contacted Jack Ely, the member of the Kingsmen who sang the track, to get his side of the story. 

    So what is "Louie Louie" actually about? It's the story of a sailor who is pining over a girl. Years after the controversy, Ely said he had braces while recording the song, which might have contributed to the lyrics being hard to make out.

    12. "There was a multi-year pandemic in 1957–58 that people just forgot. I've heard much more about the 1918 pandemic than this one." —u/dethtron5000

    A group of people with Maurice Hilleman

    13. "Angel's Glow. After one of the battles in the American Civil War, some of the soldiers' wounds started to glow in the dark. Those that glowed healed faster than those that didn't." —u/viking_knitter

    an illustration of a battle

    Any other historical events that are rarely spoken about come to mind? Let us know in the comments!

    Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.