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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.

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

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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