“Weird History” Is an Account That Shares Interesting And Funny Things That Happened Throughout History

Andrew Rader is a history fan and the man behind @Weird_Hist Twitter account which regularly features everything from interesting facts to amusing memes you wouldn’t normally find in a textbook and has accumulated over thousands of followers since its inception in 2011. Continue scrolling and check out some of the most popular posts “Weird History” has had!

The Queen trying not to laugh as she passes her husband (Duke of Edinburgh) in uniform.

When homosexuality was classified as an illness in Sweden, Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they felt gay.

During WW2, a Great Dane named Juliana was awarded the Blue Cross Medal in 1941 after she extinguished an incendiary bomb by peeing on it.

In 2010, Iran banned mullet haircuts.

Medieval cat's paw prints on manuscript (c. 1100s). 900-year old kitty getting in trouble.

God created war so that Americans would learn geography.

Benjamin Franklin wasn't trusted to write the Declaration of Independence because it was feared he'd sneak jokes into it.

What 1900 people thought life would be like in the year 2000: balloon-supported lake-walking.

Rejected designs for the Eiffel Tower.

In 1995, after spending 17 years and more than $20 million dollars, the CIA gave up trying to harness psychic powers.

Jonathan the tortoise photographed in 1902 and today. Someone aged well.

During a 1720 financial crisis, British Parliament debated a resolution for bankers to be sewn in sacks with snakes & dumped in the Thames.

A 'butt' was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a buttload of wine is about 475 liters (126 gal).

One of the earliest precisely dated events is two guys getting drunk on October 22, 2137 BC. It was a good party.

The Pyramids were older to the Romans than the Romans are to us.

To help cure his childhood asthma, Teddy Roosevelt's doctor recommended that he smoke cigars when he was 8 years old.

There's a 1999 Russian novel which tells The Lord of The Rings from Sauron's Perspective.

The oldest known 'beware of dog' sign, Pompeii (~2000 years old).

The oldest pair of socks from ancient Egypt were designed to be worn with sandals. (Fashion choices vindicated.)

Nikola Tesla hated pearls so much that he refused to talk to women wearing them.

Until December 1941, the head of the US Navy was known as Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS), pronounced "sink us".

A British couple jokingly invited Queen Elizabeth to their 2012 wedding and she actually showed up.

9 thoughts on ““Weird History” Is an Account That Shares Interesting And Funny Things That Happened Throughout History”

  1. The wine “butt” could have its origins in the Italian word for barrel “botte”.

  2. ‘The Last Ringbearer’ for anyone who’s interested. There’s an unofficial English version available.

  3. After “the good party” oct 22nd 2137 BC, the two men lost their heads, failing to ward off the evil dragon devouring the sun (solar eclipse).

  4. God didn’t create war. WE humans did. God is not evil. Us humans are. We are the ones who spread HATE.

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