With real-life facts often being far stranger than fiction, there’s nothing like a good history book to get your noggin’ joggin’ and make you appreciate life from a whole different perspective. I might have started my love affair with history as a subject with the amazing Horrible History book series, but I’ve since then graduated to thick and dusty tomes.

However, I still have a yearning for the more fun and unusual aspects of history that first drew me in. And that’s where the Weird History Twitter page comes into play. A page with 172k followers that’s been active since September 2011, Weird History is the brainchild of Andrew Rader who does, well, pretty much everything: from book-writing to cool space stuff.

Have a look through some of the coolest recent posts made by the Weird History project, upvote the ones that you liked best, and later on consider absorbing some more delicious knowledge from Bored Panda's previous articles about the Twitter account here and here.

More info: Twitter (Weird History) | Twitter (Andrew) | Instagram | FacebookYouTube | Andrew-Rader.com

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

this is pretty dress, and one with a story

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Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

Oh wow, never knew! Poor horses :(

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

That is one stunning mosaic! Those colours!

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Andrew has a PhD from MIT in long-duration spaceflight, is an expert in space exploration, and has authored a host of academic and technical papers. What’s more, he’s an avid writer, having published books for adults and children alike, and he creates tabletop games in his spare time.

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

way ahead of her time

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Sol Veig
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2 months ago

You still get that in finland

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Hans
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2 months ago

That is an unimaginable long time, yet such a tiny fraction of how long life exists on earth...

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The Canadian, who now lives in Los Angeles in California, has also been extensively featured in the media, including in The New York Times and by Vice. And finally, adding to his great list of achievements, he’s a real trivia aficionado (even having taken home awards) and he’s the curator of the Weird Science account, too.

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Danielle Keller
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2 months ago

It's okay, geometry makes me unhappy too.

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Otter
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2 months ago

That might be because in the 1930s, people were still catching tuberculosis from cow's milk. Sick cows can transmit the bacteria through non-pasteurized milk, so if the hospital had its own herd then they could make sure all the beasts were healthy and not infecting the patients.

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

In the prehistoric times, the customer service complaint was a wooden club...

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Since 2014, Andrew has been working at SpaceX as a Mission Manager, while previously he had got 4 years of experience as a Spacecraft Systems Engineer at COM DEV. One of the coolest things about him (at least for me) is that he was a candidate for the Canadian Astronaut Corps back in 2009 and as recently as 2017.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

And I want it so bad! That bag is gorgeous!

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JB
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2 months ago

100 years later - armed insurrection.

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Luis Hernandez Dauajare
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2 months ago

What an amazing detail!

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What’s more, he was being considered as one of the potential candidates for a one-way mission to the Red Planet as part of the Mars One project in 2014. It should be clear by now that Andrews’s passion for science and history aren’t just for show—he’s dedicated his life to the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and pushing the limits of mankind. And Weird History… it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

The president and the prime minister of many states are not allowed to share the same aircraft. And, during the war, the medics weren't allowed to share the same foxhole.

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Chris Wade
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2 months ago

I mean... As far as prison cells go, that surely isn't that bad, right? lol

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Chris Wade
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2 months ago (edited)

Fast forward 82 years later and people moan about having to wear a cloth/paper mask on planes.

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Kori Peek
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2 months ago

Dwight is my relation and I can tell you this was 100% true. :)

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Some Cool Guy
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2 months ago

Al Ula in Saudi Arabia

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ShneeksDawn
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2 months ago (edited)

What a bore-ing job

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judy baker
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2 months ago

They build very few structures today that would last even half as long.

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Chich
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2 months ago

This makes me happy :)

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Chris Wade
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2 months ago

Ahahahahaha very grown-up, guys, keep it goin'

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Chich
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2 months ago

I love that font for the Metro.

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Otter
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2 months ago

SOMEONE TELL ME THE STORY BEHIND THIS!!!

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J. F.
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2 months ago

And it took a long time to re-discover the need of taking vitamin rich food on sea travels

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Cousins are nice, but when a little horde of bloodthirsty bolcheviks want tu slaughter your family, they are not here to help you.

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Kai Wee Toh
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2 months ago

...and then they replaced the cocaine with something more potent and addictive - refined white sugar.

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Pervinca
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2 months ago

He was German before Germans even exist

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

And nearly 70 years later he's still waiting for her to step down.

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Lila Launehase
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2 months ago

She obviously regrets nothing! Love the smirk!

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Combines the pleasure of horseriding with the anxiety of being accidentally blinded by your mount

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Shannon
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2 months ago

It's beautiful there. I visit it once in a while with my kids.

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I I
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2 months ago

why ? disgusted by nature ?

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

well, that's basically only time of home i could afford, so they weren't that wrong

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Sarah Grape
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2 months ago

I thought he said redcoats; though regulars make more sense, red was a popular color for coats

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

A tendency to decapitate the pilot. How many people had to die before they concluded it was a design/idea fault and not just bad luck on the part of the pilot?

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago

Most english words have origins in other germanic or lating languages.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Bob Picasso is a fine name for a dog.

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Otter
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2 months ago

Capuchin monkeys are also named after the monks.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

I love these heart-shaped books.

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Chancey
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2 months ago

Looks like a golden snitch!

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pebs
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2 months ago

The power of the arch!

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Luis Hernandez Dauajare
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2 months ago

Fun fact: when Titanic sank, the White Star Company refused to pay officers and crew members for services provided during the sinking. And the family of one of the band members who died actually was charged for the loss of his uniform.

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Wilf
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2 months ago

In France they call it the "iron harvest". About 900 tons of unexploded ordnance is recovered every year. If you drive around the battlefields it is perfectly common to see a handful of old hand grenades or mortar rounds sitting on the verge at a farmers' gate, waiting for the bomb disposal people to come on their latest run to pick them up.

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

i would love to try, sounds much more fun

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Chich
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2 months ago

I remember using one of these. Man I'm old!

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A.J Milne
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2 months ago

London is strange😐

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Otter
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2 months ago

More beavers need to be relocated to the American West. By trapping water behind dams they make water tables rise, which helps reduce wildfires and increases reservoir levels.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

With such a name they were just asking for it.

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Chris Wade
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2 months ago

Surely a while after him the name "sandwich" stuck but people have been putting stuff between slices of bread (or variations of bread) for thousands of years.

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Tequila4Two
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2 months ago

And with the knives.

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