Andrew Rader, PhD, is a lot of things. The man is a SpaceX mission manager, MIT-credentialed scientist, game designer, author... And he's also a history fan. In fact, he's so fascinated with the subject, he even created a Twitter account to share the weirdest and most wonderful history-related content he stumbles upon.

Appropriately called 'Weird History', the page regularly features everything from interesting facts to amusing memes you wouldn't normally find in a textbook and has accumulated over 145,000 followers since its inception in 2011. Continue scrolling and check out some of the most popular posts 'Weird History' has had!

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

omg i couldnt upvote this one enough

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But why bother with history in the first place? Well, Peter N. Stearns, a professor at George Mason University, said that even though people live in the present and plan for the future, they still need to learn about the past.

"In the first place, history offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave," Stearns wrote. "Understanding the operations of people and societies is difficult, though a number of disciplines make the attempt. An exclusive reliance on current data would needlessly handicap our efforts. How can we evaluate war if the nation is at peace—unless we use historical materials? How can we understand genius, the influence of technological innovation, or the role that beliefs play in shaping family life, if we don't use what we know about experiences in the past?"

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

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well they sure know which side their bread's buttered

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The professor highlighted that some social scientists attempt to formulate laws or theories about human behavior but even these recourses depend on historical information, except for in limited, often artificial cases in which experiments can be devised to determine how people act. "Major aspects of a society's operation, like mass elections, missionary activities, or military alliances, cannot be set up as precise experiments. Consequently, history must serve, however imperfectly, as our laboratory, and data from the past must serve as our most vital evidence in the unavoidable quest to figure out why our complex species behaves as it does in societal settings."

This, fundamentally, is why we can not stay away from history, Stearns said. "It offers the only extensive evidential base for the contemplation and analysis of how societies function, and people need to have some sense of how societies function simply to run their own lives."

So the next time you're browsing 'Weird History', don't think it's just random trivia; it's also broadening your worldview!

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Pixie
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6 months ago

His name is Chiune Sugihara. From Wikipedia: "In 1985, the State of Israel honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for his actions. He is the only Japanese national to have been so honored. The year 2020 is "The Year of Chiune Sugihara" in Lithuania. It has been estimated as many as 100,000 people alive today are the descendants of the recipients of Sugihara visas."

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Pixie
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6 months ago

Good girl

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Aww that's so sweet!

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Jon S.
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6 months ago

I love this, I may suggest it at work. My company manages several historical ruins

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

o my

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

they haven't changed have they huh

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JuJu
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6 months ago

And they still refused

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Pixie
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6 months ago

I would like a film about these avengers

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Rachel Peterson
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6 months ago

Nowadays we could use a few jokes from those founders... sigh.

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Olivier Caissy
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6 months ago

Doesn’t look a day over 50.

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago (edited)

Beware of the devil dog. That thing looks vicious.

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EA
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6 months ago

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Slavery in the UK wasn’t technically illegal until 2012!

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

Whoa-

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Noel Bovae
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6 months ago

So courageous, yet elegant! Just beautiful!

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Now I want one!

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Faraz Ahmad
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6 months ago

They open up into giant umbrellas

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

How romantic.

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Jomo
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6 months ago

Wow! The lady is much more glamorous in real life!

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Mme de Poppadom
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6 months ago

Wonder what they looked like before he painted them over. *ba dum tss*

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Tomasz Jackowski
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6 months ago

this feels like a screenshot from a video game :D what a crossover.

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Everybody Say Love!
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6 months ago

Spot on. "He loved Big Brother"

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

Decline and Fall*

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EA
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6 months ago

I mean Star Wars did happen a long long time ago...

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JuJu
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6 months ago

Can we please bring that idea back.

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago (edited)

Living to be over 90 years old back then was quite the accomplishment. She was already 30 when the Declaration of Independence was signed!

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Davor Jelacic
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6 months ago

He gave it all he's got

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Hooked
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6 months ago

How true !

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François Carré
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6 months ago

I can imagine the hipsters of theses times, stopping on the street to conspicuously consult it.

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Chewie Baron
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6 months ago

I share my birthday with him, 26th February.

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Nicosia, Cyprus, is the only capital in the world that is still divided :(

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EA
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6 months ago

Karen’s have been the plight of customer service since the dawn of time

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T Simmons
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6 months ago (edited)

The V1's were made in Normandy and had a magnetic compass and gyroscope that was set with precision. They then launched off a ramp towards London form the forests around Rouen and when they ran out of fuel they crashed and exploded - precisely over London. All the time they were making a noise people would stop and watch them. So actually pretty safe - just awesomely skilled. Dangerous for the south coast! My gramps used to watch the 'doodlebugs' fly over the downs.

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

Wow! That rock looks lika a human!

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

well thats going to be a necessity for survival when global warming hits inland :P

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Yeah but Zeus raped Hera and she only married him to avoid being shamed. This is a wee bit distasteful.

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Camilla Gonzales
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6 months ago

TMI

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Beautiful.

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Ahh back when they though booze and cigarettes were healthy!

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Kenneth Pedersen
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6 months ago

The fun fact is correct, but the sculpture is not of mr Bluetooth, but Ogier the Dane

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Helena Houzarová
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6 months ago

Is that Marie Curie in the first row?

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Shelp
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6 months ago

I would like to read the whole text translated

Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago (edited)

It’s not two guys getting drunk. It’s actually The Legend of Etana written in Sumerian Cuniform. Etana was desperate to have a child, until one day he helped save an eagle from starving, who then took him up into the sky to find the plant of birth. This led to the birth of his son, Balih. In the detailed form of the legend, there is a tree with the eagle's nest at the top, and a serpent at the base. Both the serpent and eagle have promised Utu (the sun god) to behave well toward one another, and they share food with their children. But one day, the eagle eats the serpent's children. The serpent comes back and cries. Utu tells the serpent to hide inside the stomach of a dead bull. The eagle goes down to eat the bull. The serpent captures the eagle, and throws him into a pit to die of hunger and thirst. Utu sends a man, Etana, to help the eagle. Etana saves the eagle, but he also asks the bird to find the plant of birth, in order to become father of a son. The eagle takes Etana up to the heaven of the god Anu, but Etana becomes afraid in the air and he goes back to the ground. He makes another attempt, and finds the plant of birth, enabling him to have Balih.

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Pixie
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6 months ago (edited)

I would like a translation of their antics. Edit: I tried to google a translation, but found only articles to a chinese solar eclipse for 22.10.2137 bc.

Loki C
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6 months ago

Yes, well, that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

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fainasKeturatis
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6 months ago

the first Octoberfest?

Nicole Tomme
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6 months ago

Ah, cuneiform

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago

Here is a delightful video: "Cracking Ancient Codes: Cuneiform Writing - with Irving Finkel" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfYYraMgiBA

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Viv Hart
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6 months ago

October did not exist that far back.

JJM
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6 months ago

Absolutely amazing how this translation could be done.

Joanne Hudson
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6 months ago

2137 BC would be a little difficult to ascertain, sober or drunk.

Gregg Bender
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6 months ago

They're still hung over. 😂

Marcus Jolyon
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6 months ago

Has the date been adjusted from the (contemporary, post Julius Caesar 100BC-44BC) Julian calendar?

Christopher Seaton
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6 months ago

Coming up on the 4,156th anniversary! (There was no year 0)

Ojberretta Berretta
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6 months ago

middle east changed so much

Bob Belcher
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6 months ago

But was it really October if it was before the Romans and the naming of months?

Mme de Poppadom
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6 months ago

"I'll meet you at the third pyramid / Ah come on, that's what I want"

Rose the Cook
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6 months ago

it would be a long trip to the pyramids . That is Sumerian cuniform from Mesopotomia.

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Davor Jelacic
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6 months ago

Odds are it wount hit there again

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Scary. Know what else is scary? The 1st Harry Potter film is 20 years old next year.

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

And if one were to commit treason one could be drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine. Allegedly.

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Jon S.
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6 months ago

Thought to be used for fortune telling

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JuJu
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6 months ago

I would like to see the gigantic screw

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Alex K
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6 months ago

irrelevant detail. greeks - and other people with similar architecture - painted the temples, so they were quite colorful (the pillars remained white, mostly)

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TropicalPanda
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6 months ago

Good thing they laminated it back then !!

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