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Historical Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually True

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by PurpleFox, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. 1. The Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Ibrahim I had 280 of his concubines Please or Register to view links after one of them slept with another man.

    2. In medieval times people were put to death for being witches. One anthropologist conjectures as many as Please or Register to view links.

    3. Mexican General Santa Anna had an Please or Register to view links for his amputated leg.

    4. Tens of thousands of Please or Register to view links each year in China because of the country’s one-child policy.

    5. Before the mid-19th century dentures were commonly made with teeth Please or Register to view links.

    6. Roman Emperor Gaius Please or Register to view links.

    7. Ice age Britons used Please or Register to view links as cups.

    8. After Pope Gregory IX Please or Register to view links, cats throughout Europe were exterminated in droves.

    9. This sudden lack of cats led to the spread of disease because infected rats ran free. The most devastating of these diseases, Please or Register to view links, killed 100 million people.

    10. The Aztecs Please or Register to view links. In 1487, at the dedication of the temple in Tenochtitlan, 20,000 people were put to death.

    11. The Mayans also made sacrifices. The most common involved pulling a Please or Register to view links out of a victim’s chest.

    12. In the 13th century 30,000 children went on what is known as Please or Register to view links. They were convinced God would allow them to take back the Holy Land without incident, but most died on the journey or were sold into slavery.

    13. In ancient Egypt, servants were Please or Register to view links in order to attract flies away from the pharaoh.

    14. Upon dying, some pharaohs were Please or Register to view links alongside their living servants, pets, and concubines.

    15. The Romans used Please or Register to view links as mouthwash.

    16. In 1788 the Austrian army Please or Register to view links and lost 10,000 men.

    17. Before becoming pope, Pius II Please or Register to view links, The Tale of Two Lovers.

    18. People were buried alive so often in the 19th century that inventors Please or Register to view links that would give the “dead” the ability to alert those above ground if they were still alive.

    19. Approximately Please or Register to view links, which was more than 2.5% of America’s population at the time.

    20. In Medieval times the accused often faced a “ Please or Register to view links,” where they were forced to stick their arm into a vat of boiling water. If their arm emerged unscathed, it was believed God protected them, thus proving their innocence.

    21. Animals were Please or Register to view links in medieval times and routinely sentenced to death.

    22. Beginning in 1909 (and continuing into the 1970s), the Australian government instituted a policy of Please or Register to view links from their parents and teaching them to reject their Aboriginality.

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    24. Japanese samurais disemboweled themselves with their sword ( Please or Register to view links) when in danger of being captured.

    25. New research suggests that 15–20 million people were murdered or imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Please or Register to view links.

    26. Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the USSR from 1929–1953, is Please or Register to view links between 20-60 million people.

    27. Between 1525 and 1866, 12.5 million Africans were Please or Register to view links in the United States, Caribbean, and South America.

    28. The introduction of Europeans to the New World saw the Please or Register to view links from an estimated 12 million in 1500 to barely 237,000 in 1900.

    29. In the 19th century a popular medicine for kids, “ Please or Register to view links,” included morphine.

    30. In 1917, Margaret Sanger was Please or Register to view links for establishing the first birth control clinic.

    31. In Venice during the Renaissance there was a case where a Please or Register to view links of going to jail for six months, paying a fine, or marrying his victim. He chose marriage.

    32. Chairman Mao Zedong Please or Register to view links during China’s “Great Leap Forward” from 1958–1962.

    33. Peter the Great Please or Register to view links, then forced her to keep her lover’s head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom.

    34. In 16th-century Canada, women drank a Please or Register to view links ground into it as a form of contraception.

    35. Genghis Khan Please or Register to view links across Asia and Europe.

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    37. They even ate Please or Register to view links, which tomb raiders risked their lives to steal.

    38. In the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler Please or Register to view links on long, sharp poles on the banks of the Danube.

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    40. African-American men Please or Register to view links members of the Mormon Church until 1978.

    41. South Africans Please or Register to view links in an attempt to root out homosexuality in their army.

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    43. After finding a 36,000 year old steppe bison preserved in the ice, Alaskan zoology professor R. Dale Guthrie and his team Please or Register to view links. Guthrie said “the meat was well aged but still a little tough.”

    44. Child killer and rapist Pedro Lopez, known as “The Monster of the Andes,” was convicted in 1983 of Please or Register to view links (though he confessed to killing 300).

    45. Lopez was Please or Register to view links after serving Ecuador’s maximum sentence of 20 years. His whereabouts are presently unknown.

    46. The Roman Emperor Commodus collected all the disabled and little people he could find and Please or Register to view links each other to the death with meat cleavers in the Colosseum.

    47. Prior to the 1960s tôbâccô companies Please or Register to view links that suggested smoking had health benefits.

    48.Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov attempted to Please or Register to view links, but failed in his quest to make a “humanzee.”

    49. In 755 A.D. the Please or Register to view links against the Chinese Tang Dynasty resulted in 36 million deaths, or one-sixth of the entire world population.

    50. In colonial America pregnant women didn’t receive painkillers during delivery because pain was Please or Register to view links for Eve’s eating the forbidden fruit.

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