Bizarre History Factoids

In ancient China, doctors could receive fees only if their patient was cured. If it deteriorated, they would have to pay the patient.

Charles Dickens always faced north while sleeping.

Roman coins have been dug up in America, suggesting that perhaps the Vikings or Columbus weren’t the first Europeans to visit the New World. The coins were found in locations as far afield as Texas, Venezuela and Maine. One stash was found buried in a mound in Round Rock, Texas. The mound is dated to approximately 800 A.D. In the town of Heavener, Okla., a bronze tetradrachm bearing the profile of Emperor Nero was found in 1976. The coin was originally struck in Antioch, Syria, in 63 A.D.

Peter the Great executed his wife’s lover, and forced her to keep her lover’s head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom.

The home of the President of the U.S. was once called the “Presidential Palace” and didn’t really become widely accepted as the “White House” until President Franklin Roosevelt had the name engraved on the stationary he sent out, while President.

People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs.

Confucius, at age 16 was a corn inspector.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ was the first US CD ever pressed.

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC. The second longest was France’s Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years, 1643 to 1715.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them “Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.” It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”

In 16th century England bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the “upper crust”.

The United States Postal Service did not charge anyone to send mail until March 3, 1863.

The first train to ever carry people made its maiden voyage in 1825 in England.

Herodus Atticus, a private citizen of Greece, personally financed the first system of Social Security. He willed an annual pension equivalent to $525 to every Athenian citizen for life. The annual cost to his estate was $21,000,000, which today would amount to $2,100,000,000 a year.

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