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Facts you were not taught in school that will amaze you

The history facts they teach you in school are interesting, sure, but everyone knows that stuff.


It’s the facts not many people know that make history truly interesting!


For example, did you know that the longest year in history was over 400 days long?! And did you know that Hitler helped design a vehicle that we still drive today?


It makes you wonder how many things about the world’s history you actually know…


Well, here we’d like to educate you on some of the lesser-known history facts that they don’t teach you at school!

Prepare to be amused & amazed with this huge round-up of the top 100 craziest history facts you could ever know!

1) Augustus Caesar was the wealthiest man to ever live in history.

Augustus Caesar was the wealthiest man to ever live.

Nephew and heir of Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor Augustus had an estimated net worth of $.46 trillion when counting for inflation.


Some say that Mansa Musa, king of Timbuktu, was the world’s wealthiest man as his wealth was apparently too great to count.


However, Augustus’s staggering wealth could be measured.


2)Alexander the Great was buried alive… accidentally.

At age 32 when he died, Alexander the Great had conquered and created the largest land-based empire the world has ever seen. It stretched from the Balkans to Pakistan.


In 323 BC, Alexander fell ill and, after 12 days of excruciating pain, he seemingly passed away.


However, his corpse didn’t show any signs of rot or decomposition for a whole six days.


Modern-day scientists believe Alexander suffered from the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré Syndrome.


They believe that when he “died” he was actually just paralyzed and mentally aware. Basically, he was horrifically buried alive!


3)The world's most successful pirate is a female

Modern-day scientists believe Alexander suffered from the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré Syndrome.


They believe that when he “died” he was actually just paralyzed and mentally aware. Basically, he was horrifically buried alive!


The world’s most successful pirate in history was a lady.

The world’s most successful pirate was a lady.

Named Ching Shih, she was a prostitute in China. This was until the Commander of the Red Flag Fleet bought and married her.


But rather than just viewing her as a wife, her husband considered her his equal and she became an active pirate commander in the fleet.


Ching Shih soon earned the respect of her fellow pirates. So much so that after her husband’s death she became the captain of the fleet.


Under Shih’s leadership, the Red Flag Fleet consisted of over 300 warships, with a possible 1,200 more support ships. She even had a possible 40,000 – 80,000 men, women, and children.


They terrorized the waters around China. The Red Flag Fleet was such a fearsome band of raiders, that the Chinese government eventually pardoned Ching Shih and her entire fleet – just to get them off the high seas!


4)In the Ancient Olympics, athletes performed naked.

In the Ancient Olympics, athletes performed naked.

The athletes did this to imitate the Gods, but also to help them easily clear toxins from their skin through sweating after each attempt at a sport.


In fact, the word “gymnastics” comes from the Ancient Greek words “gumnasía” (“athletic training, exercise”) and “gumnós” (“naked”).


This translates as “to train naked”.


5)Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times.

Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times.

Julius Caesar is probably the most iconic name associated with the Romans. Likewise, his assassination and death are also highly notorious.


Due to his coup d’état of the Roman Republic and his proclamation of himself as Dictator for Life, along with his radical political views, a group of his fellow Roman senators led by his best friend Brutus assassinated him on March 15, 44 BC.


During the assassination, Caesar was stabbed at least 23 times, before finally succumbing to his wounds.


He passed away with fabled words to his former best friend Brutus, allegedly being “you too, sweet child?”


6)The Colosseum was originally clad entirely in marble.

The Colosseum was originally clad entirely in marble.

When you visit or see the Colosseum these days you’ll notice how the stone exterior appears to be covered in pockmarks all across its surface.


Whilst you might assume this is just degradation of the material due to its age, it is actually because it was originally clad almost entirely in marble.


The reason for the pockmarks is, after the fall of Rome, the city was looted and pillaged by the Goths. Yes, that’s right, the Goths!


They took all of the marble from the Colosseum and stripped it (mostly) down to its bare stone setting.


The holes in the stone are from where the iron clamps and poles attaching the marble cladding to it have been ripped out.


It was named the Colosseum because it was next to a statue called the Colossus.

It was only called the Colosseum because it was next to a statue called the Colossus.

It was originally known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium, or Flavian Amphitheatre, as it was constructed during the Flavian dynasty.


Residents of Rome nicknamed it the Colosseo.


This was due to the fact that it was built next to a 164-foot statue of Emperor Nero known as “the colossus of Nero”.


Rasputin survived being poisoned and being shot.

Rasputin survived being poisoned and being shot.

Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic and supposed holy man. He became friends with the last Russian Tsar and Tsarina.


Over time, he came to influence the Russian royals much to the displeasure of many members of the Russian nobility.


This, combined with his drunkenness and lechery, led to several Russian nobles forming a plot to assassinate the man.


They invited him over to one of their houses, gave him cakes and wine laced with cyanide all to no effect, and then shot him in the chest.


To their horror, Rasputin started to cough and they realized he was still alive!


How did they fix the problem? The nobles shot Rasputin two more times – once in the head. Finally, they threw his body into the frozen Malaya Nevka River.


There were female Gladiators.

A female gladiator was called a Gladiatrix, or Gladiatrices (plural). They were rarer than their male counterparts.


Gladiatrices served the same purpose of executing criminals, fighting each other, and fighting animals in Rome’s various fighting pits.


The Vikings were the first people to discover America.

The Vikings were the first people to discover America.

Half a millennium before Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, Viking chief Leif Eriksson of Greenland landed on the Island of Newfoundland in the year 1,000 AD.


The Vikings under Leif Eriksson settled Newfoundland as well as discovering and settling Labrador further north in Canada.


You may also like these history facts about The Vikings.

The Luftwaffe had a master interrogator whose tactic was being as nice as possible.

The Luftwaffe had a master interrogator whose tactic was being as nice as possible.

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