History is littered with countless tales and
amazing facts that have become common knowledge today. Ranging from ancient
times to modern day, strange, macabre and even the most unexpected occurrences clutter
our species' history. But we seldom hear about these events.
Schools will often teach a pre-approved syllabus
that only gives you a general idea of what things were really like in the past,
usually glossing over the overly gratuitous and gory details that befoul the
narratives society wants to spin.
But knowing key dates and figures just sometimes
isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need to know the crazy, brutal, and downright
disturbing facts to better understand the situation at hand. As the all too cliché saying goes, “Those who don’t understand history, are doomed to repeat
Often the truth can be stranger than fiction, and
this sentiment is expressed no more vividly than in historical records, with anything from starkly opposing forces joining together to help defend tennis players, to soft
drink companies being a potential threat to world peace all on the table.
Taking all that into consideration, here are 10 of
the craziest historical facts that they don’t teach you in history class.
[Warning: some distressing imagery features in this article]