History

These are the oldest human blood cells: Otzi, 5300 years old
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These are the oldest human blood cells: Otzi, 5300 years old


The man found momified in the ice in 1991 is thought to have been killed by an arrow in the shoulder, at age 45

 



Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago
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Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago


It was found in Herculanum and was petrified by the Vesuvius eruption

 



At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London
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At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London


Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it"

 



Roermond grave connects 2 lovers despite differing beliefs
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Roermond grave connects 2 lovers despite differing beliefs


Joesphina van Gorkum wouldn't let tradition and religion get in the way of her marriage to her protestant lover (she was a catholic). She even found a way for them to remain together in death, despite their tombs being in different sections of the graveyard

 



The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old
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The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old


The method still used today consisting in wrapping the worm around a stick and pulling it out is found in the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to around 1550 BC

 



The Emu War opposing Australia to emus occured in 1932
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The Emu War opposing Australia to emus occured in 1932


It was a military operation employing armed soldiers to reduce the number of emus that were destroying crops in Western Australia.

 



The bearded republicans!
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The bearded republicans!


Every president with a beard in the US history has been a republican

 



Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11
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Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11


Its name is a combination of the first letters of the names Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. It was first brought back in 1969 from Tranquility Base on the Moon.

 



Hitler was declared Man of the year by Time Magazine in 1938
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Hitler was declared Man of the year by Time Magazine in 1938


The decision was made based on his military successes

 



Under these clothes, the real skeleton of Bentham
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Under these clothes, the real skeleton of Bentham


Philosopher Jeremy Bentham wanted his body to be preserved and exposed after his death. The head was supposed to be preserved too, but the mummification failed and it was replaced with a head made of wax

 



Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon
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Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon


The aim of the top-secret project A119 was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon. The flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye; an US show of force after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race

 



The bubble wrap inventors originally sold it as wallpaper
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The bubble wrap inventors originally sold it as wallpaper


Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes then tried to market their product, which was two shower curtains sealed together, as greenhouse insulation before finally selling it as a packaging material. Their first client was IBM

 



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Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch contained a secret message


Discovered in 2009, the message engraved by the watchmaker Jonathan Dillon said "Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13-1861 Washington thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon."

 



The yin and yang symbol was found on roman shield patterns
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The yin and yang symbol was found on roman shield patterns


Those shields predate the earliest Taoist versions of the yin and yang by almost seven hundred years

 



The long-sighted thinking of the Guinness brewery
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The long-sighted thinking of the Guinness brewery


In 1759, it signed a 9,000 year lease to use the St James Gate brewery