10 History Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Life was a LOT different for the cultures who came before us

1. After executing his wife’s lover, Peter The Great forced her to keep his head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom.

2. Pope Gregory IX associated cats with devil worship, so he had them exterminated throughout Europe. It’s been suggested that the lack of cats allowed rat populations to skyrocket, spreading diseases like the Bubonic Plague.

3, The Mayan’s most common human sacrifice included pulling the still-beating hearts from victim’s chests.

4. Napoleon was once attacked by a relentless horde of rabbits.


(Image: Antoine-Jean Gros [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

5. In the Ice Age, Britons used dead people’s skulls as cups.

6. The shortest war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1986 which lasted just 38 minutes.

7. The Romans used bottled urine as mouthwash.

8. In medieval times, it was common for animal “criminals” to be put on trial and sentenced to death.

9. In 1911, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise money… and the prizes were live babies.

10. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans would eat corpses to cure ailments.

Discuss this article


Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address