Top 10 Scariest Facts About History Never Taught In School
- How The Milky Way Got Its Name.
According to Greek legend, the Milky Way was created by the baby Heracles. Zeus placed the baby at Hera’s breast to be fed. When Hera awoke, she was surprised to see a strange baby at her breast and pushed him away. The milk that spurted out then formed, you guessed it, the Milky Way.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Other Job
Well, before becoming President, Lincoln was the co-owner of a bar located in New Salem, Illinois.
Unfortunately, the other owner turned out to be an alcoholic who eventually racked up so much.
- How About An Air Bath?
Benjamin Franklin had his own share of hang-ups.
For instance, he regularly took what he called “air baths,” which in actuality means that he sat naked around the house.
- X-Rated Graffiti.
Back in 2014, researchers found some 2,500-year-old graffiti on a rock on an Aegean island. We’ll give you one guess as to what the graffiti depicted.
If you guessed “penises,” you’d be right!
- Mummies On The Menu.
For several hundred years, people routinely ate desiccated human remains. This was going on all the way up through the 16th and 17th centuries. Supposedly, people of the time thought that there were health benefits to chowing down on mummies.
- And Speaking Of Eating Dead Things.
R. Dale Guthrie was a paleontologist who, back in the ’80s, excavated a 36,000-year-old bison carcass. They named the carcass Blue Babe.
Guthrie apparently decided that discovering Blue Babe wasn’t enough and at one point cooked and ate some of the bison’s neck tissue.
- But The First Vibrator May Go Back Even Further.
In fact, there’s some speculation that Cleopatra invented the actual first vibrator.
How’d she do it? Easy. She just put some bees into a dried-out gourd.
In addition to Project: Acoustic Kitty there was also Operation: Big Buzz.
This was a test the U.S. military conducted in 1955. The military dropped more than 300,000 mosquitoes on the state of Georgia as a test to see whether they could weaponize the bugs.
- Praying To The Poo Gods.
The ancient Romans actually had a sewer goddess, a toilet god, and a god of excrement.
They would pray to Cloacina whenever the sewers backed up.
- Descartes’ Particular Fetish.
What you learn about Descartes in high school: He thought, therefore he was.
What you don’t learn about Descartes in high school: He had a thing for cross-eyed women. Like, a major thing.