The history you learned was probably too boring to properly shape your paradigm. These are 25 mind boggling facts that will change your perspective on history.

25. The pyramids are so old, that even King Tut would most likely have referred to them as “ancient”

24. Some Giant Redwoods are older than the pyramids

23. After ruling Egypt for hundreds of years, Cleopatra was the first in her family to learn Egyptian

22. Alaska was the only part of America to be occupied by Axis troops in WWII

21. It has been calculated that in the last 3,000 years there have only been 240 years of peace throughout the civilized world

20. Julius Caeser’s army once split apart to perform a flanking manuever and spent hours in a standoff against itself

19. At its height, the Roman Empire was 2.5 million square miles. It was only the 19th largest empire in history

18. Speaking of empires, Warners Bros. was founded only a few months before the fall of the Ottoman Empire

17. In one afternoon during the Battle of Stalingrad a railway station switched between German and Soviet control fourteen times.

16. The Soviets used dogs strapped with explosives as anti tank weapons. Sometimes, however, the dogs would run back and explode among the Soviets.

15. It is said that for every American killed during World War II about 21 Soviet soldiers were killed.

14. Of the 11 deadliest wars in history, 9 were in China.

13. Sunglasses were actually invented by the Chinese but not to block the sun. They were used by judges in courtrooms to hide their emotions

12. At the time of the Roman Empire babies were nearly 20 times more likely to be born with a tail than they are today

11. John Tyler, who became the 10th president of the United States in 1841 has two living grandchildren

10. The last widow of a Civil War soldier died in 2003. Gertrude Janeway was 18 when she married 81 year old John Janeway in 1927

9. When she died she was still receiving a monthly check for $70 from the Veterans Administration for a military pension earned by her late husband on the Union side of the American Civil War. The amount spanned three centuries

8. On the night of his assassination Martin Luther King had a pillow fight in his motel room

7. On the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, he signed the Secret Service into existence

6. Napoleon was actually taller than the average Frenchman

5. The current U.S. flag was designed by 17 year old Robert Heft for a school project. He received a B minus. When the president selected his design the teacher changed his grade to an A

4. Baseball was actually invented in Britain in 1755, three decades before the commonly accepted date

3. The pyramids were originally completely coated in white marble with 24k gold caps on top

2. In 1927 a Nazi physician named Julius won the Nobel Prize for curing syphilis by giving people malaria

1. All British tanks since 1945 have been equipped with the ability to make tea

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