Weird History

Weird History

Historical Facts That Movies Got Totally Wrong

History class is tough – there are lots of dates and names to remember. But when you’re making historical movies, you’d think Hollywood would do some fact checking. Not all films, even if they are historical films about real historical figures and actual historical events, actually honor that history. On this list, films from all …

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Weird Historical Notions and Beliefs About Pregnancy

Weird Historical Notions and Beliefs About Pregnancy

Ask any parent: pregnancy is a pretty scary ordeal. There’s so much that can go wrong, even with 21st-century science and medicine. So it’s easy to see how weird pregnancy beliefs formed thousands of years ago: young parents were scared out of their minds without reasonable explanations for much of what was going on. Many backward beliefs …

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How to Celebrate Christmas Like a Medieval King

Christmas in the Middle Ages didn’t just last a day, sometimes it lasted for weeks. From early December to January – even early February – people in the Middle Ages celebrated the holiday with feasts, music, and, of course, religious ceremonies. Medieval Christmas celebrations included a ton of fun games (like having a poor guy …

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27 Things You Didn't Know About the Crusades

27 Things You Didn’t Know About the Crusades

What happened during the Crusades? What were the Crusades? This time is one of the most misunderstood periods of Western history. From 1095 to about 1300, successive waves of Christian knights and royals, called to action by the Catholic Church, quested to the Holy Land in an effort to capture (or re-capture) it from Muslim …

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The 12 Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends, Debunked

It’s time to find the real stories behind Christmas legends and holiday myths. With over 2,000 years of history, the Christmas holiday comes with a host of myths, legends, lies, misconceptions, and commonly believed things that are just completely wrong. From the origin of the holiday itself, to the historical date and year of Christ’s …

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The Real Couple That Inspired 'Beauty And The Beast' Is Far More Tragic Than Anything Disney Would Make

The Real Couple That Inspired ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Is Far More Tragic Than Anything Disney Would Make

It’s a tale as old as time – or, at least as old as the 1500s. But the real couple that inspired Beauty and the Beast lived a tragic life. The real life Beauty and the Beast were Catherine and Petrus Gonsalvus, and they were treated like freaks of nature by Europe’s kings and queens.  Just like P.T. Barnum …

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14 Hardcore Ancient Olympic Athletes Who Would Easily Smoke Modern Athletes

We like to think we’ve made a lot of social, scientific, and technological progress throughout the last few centuries, but that’s not always the case. Many studies have shown that our ancestors from various times were smarter, more practical, and tougher than we are. For example, many contemporary historians suggest that an unarmed battle between …

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The Most Obnoxious Celebrity Wills

The Most Obnoxious Celebrity Wills

  Celebrities are known to have some pretty eccentric demands; just check out these crazy on-set must-haves if you don’t believe it! So it makes sense that stars have some questionable requests in death, too. There are some seriously strange celebrity wills out there. The weirdest things in celebrity wills? Crazy cremation requests, creepy memorial guidelines, and an unhealthy amount …

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