What are your history 'fun facts'?

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    Throughout history, there have been a number of crucial events, that we've all learnt a lot about. Alongside these, however, there have also been a number of weird and wonderful occurrences, and some downright weird events :holmes:

    For example, did you know that the shortest war lasted a grand total of 38 minutes? Or that Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits?

    Post your fun or unusual facts here, and at the end of the week, we'll put together a fact file of the best ones! :work:
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    Tools for brushing teeth date back to 3500-3000 BC when Egyptians and Babylonians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. The idea of toothpaste wasn't developed until the 1800s, where soap was used and then around 1850, chalk was used... yuck :yucky:

    I'm grateful things have moved on since then :lol:
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    In 1872, Scotland played England in the first international game of football. The result was a 0-0 draw.
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    Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet navy officer aboard a submarine, refused to launch a nuke during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite the 2 other commanding officers wanting to do so (all 3 had to agree). A year earlier Vasili Arkhipov was also aboard a submarine with a leak in its coolant system - many aboard that sub died from being irradiated, however Vasili Arkhipov lived until he was 72.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasili_Arkhipov
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    Krum had the skull of Nikephoros made into a cup from which he made Byzantine officials drink when they were visiting his capital.

    Is that fun?

    Oh, to clarify: Krum was the Khan of the Bulgarians, Nikephoros the Byzantine Emperor. Krum defeated Nikephoros in a battle and took his head, made the cup, etc.
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    I've just had a quick look on Google and found this:
    The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

    I'm so glad times have changed! :lol:
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet navel officer aboard a submarine, refused to launch a nuke during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite the 2 other commanding officers wanting to do so (all 3 had to agree). A year earlier Vasili Arkhipov was also aboard a submarine with a leak in its coolant system - many aboard that sub died from being irradiated, however Vasili Arkhipov lived until he was 72.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasili_Arkhipov
    I know the Soviets were noted for their bureaucracy but I never knew that they even employed belly-button inspectors. Presumably it enabled them to work out what the people would stomach. What a waist!
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    I know the Soviets were noted for their bureaucracy but I never knew that they even employed belly-button inspectors. Presumably it enabled them to work out what the people would stomach. What a waist!
    Haha.

    Oops!
 
 
 
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