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    18 History Facts That'll Make You Say "Sounds Fake, But OK"

    Guys, ancient Rome was a wild place.

    1. Cannibal medicine, made of human blood and bones, was used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.

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    Wealthy Europeans believed that powdered bones could cure an array of ailments and that the consumption of human blood was good for one's health. Crumbled Egyptian mummy, for example, was said to stop internal bleeding.

    2. Thomas Edison killed a circus elephant by electrocution, and filmed it back in 1903.

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    Topsy the elephant killed three men and, as a result, was sentenced to death. Edison was known for his animal electrocution experiments, so it was decided that the most humane way to get rid of Topsy was through electrocution over hanging. Topsy's demise was even recorded on camera.

    3. Cleopatra lived closer to the release of the iPhone 7 than to the construction of the pyramids.

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    The Pyramids of Giza are dated back from 2550 B.C. to 2490 B.C. Cleopatra lived from 69 B.C. to 30 B.C. The iPhone 7 was released in 2016. This means she's closer to the iPhone by approximately 500 years.

    4. Peter the Great allegedly made his wife keep her lover's head in a jar in their bedroom after he was beheaded.

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    It is known that William Mons was beheaded for embezzlement and that his head was kept in a jar of alcohol. However, it's also said that Peter's wife was caught cheating with Mons, which is why Mons' trial and execution were so speedy.

    5. Tutankhamen's sarcophagus wasn't new or made for him, it was actually secondhand.

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    As King Tut died at such a young age (18/19), it's believed that his entire tomb was rushed. It's known that his tomb was significantly smaller and less elaborate than other kings', and it appears that his actual sarcophagus (stone coffin) wasn't even made for him. It had altered inscriptions and carvings on the sides and was made of a different material to his other two coffins.

    6. About 100 years ago, a literal flood of molasses killed 21 people in Boston.

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    In 1919, the side of an industrial tank full of about 2.5 million gallons of molasses ripped open. The sticky contents emptied onto the streets in a 7-metre-tall wave that moved at more than 35mph, killing 21 and injuring another 150.

    7. And two people died in 1986 as a result of a sea of over a million balloons floating into the sky.

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    Despite meaning to be for a bit of world-record-breaking fun, the 1986 "Balloonfest" in Cleveland, Ohio, was actually deadly. The countless balloons filled the sky, making it practically impossible for aircraft to be able to see. This resulted in the drowning of two men who couldn't be reached by the Coast Guard on account of all the balloons.

    8. Charles II was in the room, shouting encouragement, while his nephew was consummating his marriage with his wife.

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    As Charles II had no legitimate children of his own, the succession of the throne was dependent on William of Orange's offspring. So Charles II stayed in the bedroom while William consummated his marriage, encouraging him by saying, "Now, nephew, to your work."

    9. In Roman times, it was considered heinous to murder your father, but it was legally fine for a father to kill his child.

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    Paterfamilias, or the father of the family, had absolute power over their homes and offspring, meaning they could do whatever they wished. Whereas the punishment for parricide was gruesome and involved being shoved into a sack with a dog and a snake, then thrown in a river.

    10. And Romans used human piss as mouthwash and teeth whitener.

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    Urine was so useful to the Romans that they collected it from public urinals and sold it, to the point where it was even taxed. While the urine had uses in stain removal and leather softening, it was most interestingly used for dental hygiene. It was believed that the ammonia would remove the stains on teeth and help to fight bad breath.

    11. Author Mary Shelley kept her dead husband's heart in her desk wrapped in one of his poems for 30 whole years.

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    In 1822, Percy Shelley drowned and when he was cremated, his heart didn't burn (most likely due to calcification from tuberculosis). Mary Shelley was given the heart, and she kept it with her until she died. In 1852, after Mary's death, the heart was found in her desk, wrapped in a page of the poem "Adonais".

    12. In the 15th century, before Pius II became the pope, he was a popular erotic novelist.

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    Before taking on the role of the pope, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini or Pius II, wrote "The Tale of Two Lovers", an erotic tale about a man falling for a married woman.

    13. During World War II, a dentist designed a bomb filled with hundreds of bats carrying tiny bombs, and it was actually approved by the US government.

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    The "bat bomb" was designed by Dr Lytle Adams and was greenlit for production after trials proved the idea was effective. Bats with tiny bombs would be placed inside a larger bomb that would detonate midair, leaving tiny explosives dotted around the city. The reason the bat bomb didn't go ahead was because time and resources went to the atomic bomb instead.

    14. A soccer game literally caused a war between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969.

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    While competing for a spot in the 1970 World Cup, tension between the two countries reached its peak. After El Salvador won the best-of-three games against Honduras, they cut all diplomatic ties, attacked, and invaded Honduras. Four days and 2,000 deaths later, El Salvador called it quits and the "100 Hour War" ended.

    15. The 10th US president, who was born in 1790, still has living grandchildren.

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    President John Tyler, who died in 1862, still has two grandchildren alive in the present day: Lyon Tyler Jr. and Harrison Tyler. They were born in 1924 and 1928, respectively, and are the sons of Lyon Tyler Sr. He was actually 75 when Harrison was born, and the president was 63 when Lyon Tyler Sr. was born.

    16. Sunandha Kumariratana, a Queen of Thailand, drowned because it was illegal for her subjects to touch her.

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    In 1880, Queen Sunandha and her daughter Kannabhorn were on a royal boat that capsized. Commoners were forbidden to touch royalty by law, and so they had to just watch the two drown because breaking the law was punishable by death.

    17. In 18th and 19th century, dentures were made with the teeth of dead soldiers.

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    Dentures during this time were originally made of ivory, but were unnatural-looking, expensive, and prone to falling apart quicker. This was until scavengers took the opportunity and pulled any intact front teeth from the mouths of dead soldiers on the battlefield of Waterloo. That's why these dentures were dubbed Waterloo teeth.

    18. And vibrators only exist because doctors' hands got tired of bringing women to orgasm to treat hysteria.

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    During the 19th century, no one knew what the female orgasm was. But reaching "hysterical paroxysm" (or orgasm) was the treatment for hysteria. Doctors used their hands to achieve this, which was a tiresome task. In 1880, Dr Joseph Mortimer Granville created the vibrator to assist the doctors in their treatments, and the rest is history.