Ah, history—my first true love, right next to fantasy fiction. There really is nothing like opening up an expertly written, emotionally-riveting history book on a rainy evening with the flames merrily crackling in the fireplace, the wind howling outside your windows, and learning about historical events.

Right among the top history lovers on Planet Earth lies Andrew Rader, a polymath who’s as skilled as his interests are varied. Andrew is the man and the legend behind the incredibly successful Weird History Twitter page that’s chock full of fascinating, intriguing, and even hilarious, well you guessed it, historical facts. The unexpected and sometimes weird things he shares are enough to make a history buff like me squeal with joy.

Go brew yourself a mug of tea or a cup of coffee, scroll on, and upvote your fave fun facts about odd history! When you’re done, you’ll find our delightful post about the Weird History page that the Bored Panda team put together previously right over here.

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

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Losferatu
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8 months ago

My Countryman!

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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8 months ago

I would buy a ring like that in an instant!

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

They did it before it was cool.

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Since founding the Weird History page on Twitter way back in 2011, Andrew’s amassed a following of nearly 159k followers. Since our previous post about the page back in August 2020, the number of fans has grown by nearly 14k people.

And it’s all because of the awesome posts that Andrew makes that entertain and educate us at the same time.

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River Webb
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8 months ago

humans were made to love cats, theres no doubt about it

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WilvanderHeijden
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8 months ago

The title shows how little the author knows about suffragettes. One of their goals was to fight the sexual exploitation of women.

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WilvanderHeijden
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8 months ago

He became a Grandmaster in 1950 at age 39. Like Bobby Fischer, he won the US Chess Championship 8 times, which is still an all-time record.

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Andrew’s incredibly passionate about a variety of different subjects and you can feel that passion in his Twitter posts. Currently, he’s a Mission Manager at SpaceX. He’s more than qualified for this position, seeing as he’s got a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from MIT specializing in long-duration spaceflight.

He’s someone you could easily look up to if you’re in need of some motivation.

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troufaki13
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8 months ago

Batman had fangs!!

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Sum Guy
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8 months ago

fair enough

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Works better than my darn alarm clock

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What’s more, Andrew won the Discovery Channel’s 2013 competitive TV series, Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All. So there’s no doubt that he’s smart and knows his stuff. Basically, the complete opposite of the people that the r/IAmVerySmart subreddit pokes fun at.

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River Webb
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8 months ago

that would be amazing to live in

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Linus Nilsson
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8 months ago

Such an incredibly sad picture. All these small children, never getting to know their parents.

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Jaekry
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8 months ago

WOW! How is this not on some list of world wonders... Then again, neither is Angkor Wat in Cambodia which is truly special and exquisite, but Christ the Redeemer in Brazil is, no idea why? It's a relative modern statue. (And off rant.)

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Andrew’s also a published author, having written ‘Beyond the Known’ about the history of exploration: from the very beginning of humanity all the way into our spacefaring future. What’s more, he’s written plenty of other books, including the ‘Epic Space Adventure’ series and the ‘Rocket Science’ book for kids.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Looks cool then, looks cool now

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Steve Wilson
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8 months ago (edited)

Einstein told Chaplin “People admire you even though you don’t say a word”. To which Chaplin replied “People admire you even though they don’t understand a word you say”.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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8 months ago

What a stunning piece of art!

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But that’s far from everything, the founder of the ‘Weird Science’ account is also a game designer, occasionally dabbles in YouTube videos, and even co-hosts a weekly podcast called Spellbound. The podcast is about a variety of topics ranging from science and history to economics and psychology. The Canadian who was born in Ottawa is now based in Los Angeles and considers himself “an avid trivia player, space enthusiast, science nerd, and history buff,” according to his website.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Authur Conan Doyle is a man way ahead of his time. There are a lot of examples that Holmes used that would become real years after the books.

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Luther von Wolfen
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8 months ago

"Burn, Hollywoodland, Burn" would've been a mouthful for Chuck D.

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Man with nice beard
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8 months ago

I hope they remember some poacher face in the past and trample them in the future

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The line between a good and a bad historian can be blurred sometimes because, well, history is a pretty blurry subject. There are so many perspectives and interpretations to consider, alongside the validity of historical sources, fact-checking (and double-checking, and triple-checking), and considering the overall historical narrative of any single event.

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RaroaRaroa
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8 months ago

Oh, that looks awful. Would missing two teeth not be easier?

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Sum Guy
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8 months ago

uno reverse card

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Helen Haley
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8 months ago

Proper use of power.

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And don’t forget about all of the sources that end up being destroyed or being locked up in archives! Dabbling in history can be either a nightmare or an adventure (or both…), depending on your point of view and how invested you are.

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

the real reason for double decker buses

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Sum Guy
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8 months ago

Smart comes in many forms

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I'manoob!
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8 months ago

wait so why is this weird or intriguing?

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Even though what makes a historian good is similar to what makes us look up to any high-quality scientist, the fact is, history just isn’t as straightforward as history is. Sure, you have objective things like dates and the names of the people who participated in events, but you also have intangible, immeasurable things like motivations and aspirations.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

That's some good pilot skills. Nowadays if you do this, there would be a fine.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Technically, they still do. I mean, have you ever seen someone eating a pez and smoking at the same time?

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Kristof De Smet
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8 months ago

Intense study? Want of employment? Seems I should have been there a few times.

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In essence, history deals with emotions, perspectives, and delves deep into the brilliant, scary, and bewildering things that make us human: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the weird. So it’s a constant battle to be cold and objective while analyzing the fiery depths of human emotions. Neither one approach is enough (being too detached means you’ll miss out on the real reasons behind events while being too emotionally invested will lead to biases), but balancing both and using them in tandem is where real quality lies.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

I want this for some reason

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Hans
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8 months ago

Looks a bit like media depicts a coronavirus.

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Tim Mannens
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8 months ago

Hoezo, niet zo bruikbaar?

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Like a detective, a historian constantly evaluates how valid and trustworthy sources are while offering a fresh perspective on facts and figures that might be taken for granted by their other colleagues. At its core, history is the search for Truth (yes, with a capital ‘T’) while knowing that it’ll always be just out of reach. It’s a good thing we have ‘Weird History’ to fall back on when we’re tired from serious analyses and need a fun and interesting pick-me-up.

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Alien
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8 months ago

Jackie was so pretty 😩😩😩😩

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로희
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8 months ago

They also invented Asian parents.

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Do you guys think this might be an inspiration for snowmobiles? Just curious

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James016
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8 months ago

That looks like an amazing exhibition

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CatOfTheDark
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8 months ago

The guy whose head is in the center looks like Rowan Atkinson to me for some reason.

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Truth Monster
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8 months ago

...who is driving the car in the advert?

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

Man, imagine if the people back then being able to look at today's computers. Their minds would be blown.

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N G
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8 months ago

Children often replicate what they see adults doing in the form of "play" to help them process what has happened/is happening.

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Truth Monster
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8 months ago

....wait, what?! This can't be real

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RaroaRaroa
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8 months ago

I don't think the Romans performed Shakespeare. :-D

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Bored Seb
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8 months ago

Beer is probably older than bread...

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Giovanni
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8 months ago

Only the stick was shared, you would use it to skewer a sponge from a bucket full of them and then you would let the used sponge fall in the sewer.

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B
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8 months ago

*your

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

the guy driving this is a dude

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Ksenia M
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8 months ago

I've seen this fact mentioned so many times. Just to be clear, this a taxes and regulations issue. Nobody actually thought that beer as not an alcoholic drink, which is obvious since any beer bottle has alcohol content stated on it and beer ads have health warnings. Also, Bud? Come on!

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Tomas Holicka
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8 months ago

Yeah, except the picture is a fresco from Pompeii, probably depicting the wife of the young baker Terentius Neo.

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

the woman in the picture seems to know what she wants

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troufaki13
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8 months ago

I think that many of Shakespeare's plays are based on ancient tales

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engineer_nope.avi
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8 months ago

The company existed a century before the movie came out so it's just a coincidence.

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Becky Moore
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8 months ago

The others must be pretty damn boring then :P

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