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50 Amazing Historical Facts You Never Knew

Best Life Logo By Alex Daniel of Best Life | Slide 1 of 51: As the old saying goes, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” (Or something like that). Yes, it’s important to know your history—not just the big names and key dates, but the little details that help us better understand a historic figure or era in which they lived. Maybe it’s a surprising fact that makes you rethink conventional wisdom. Maybe it's a wild anecdote that seems too crazy to be true. Whatever the case, it's the little, surprising bits of history are perhaps the most fun bits of history—the type of info that's so wacky and out there it could never be repeated even if someone wanted to. Here are 50 such tidbits, in no particular order. And for a more mysterious look at the past, here are The 40 Most Enduring Myths in American History.

50 Amazing Historical Facts You Never Knew

As the old saying goes, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” (Or something like that). Yes, it’s important to know your history—not just the big names and key dates, but the little details that help us better understand a historic figure or era in which they lived. Maybe it’s a surprising fact that makes you rethink conventional wisdom. Maybe it's a wild anecdote that seems too crazy to be true. Whatever the case, it's the little, surprising bits of history are perhaps the most fun bits of history—the type of info that's so wacky and out there it could never be repeated even if someone wanted to. Here are 50 such tidbits, in no particular order. And for a more mysterious look at the past, here are The 40 Most Enduring Myths in American History.

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