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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WilvanderHeijden
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6 months ago

They didn't stop them but changed the course of the bomb away from London.

George Arthur
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6 months ago

It upset their gyro-stabilisers enough to make them crash. Safer (perhaps) for the pilots than shooting at them and having them blow up in their face but not so safe for anyone on the ground. The bombs were directed away from central London by double-agents who mis-reported where they landed.

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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.

Sarah Shaw
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6 months ago

My mother was a child hiding under the kitchen table because they heard a “doodlebug”, it missed their house because an RFA pilot flipped it off course into the field behind their house.

ChinaPandas122
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6 months ago

wow thank the RFA

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

How was this photo taken? I mean didn't they need a tripod back then? (forgive my ignorance)

K.Kobayashi
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6 months ago (edited)

They did have handheld cameras (Leica and others) by 1920s, using the same 35mm film canisters we all know. But this particular picture is not a real photo - it's an artwork by Mark Donoghue.

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Jim Granger
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6 months ago

Sometimes it would tumble the V-1 gyros and they would crash.

Stannous Flouride
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6 months ago

MYTH! There are only THREE confirmed examples of them being knocked out this way. Only about ¼ of th3 8,617 V-1s fired at London landed in or near the city. 52% were knocked down by (in order of effectiveness) Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, & barrage balloons. The Germans started firing more during inclement weather when aircraft were grounded but the introduction of the proximity fuse from the US quickly made this ineffective. The best weapon they had was the use of double agents by British intelligence to feed false impact data so that the Germans altered their targeting and they ended up hitting the rural areas north of London. And though they are notorious for being used against London, far more were sent against Belgium: 11,988 Most of these were aimed at Antwerp but their inaccuracy was such that only 267 hit the city.

Joeshar
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6 months ago

Nazi rocket engineering helped both Soviets and Americans to reach outer space.

Jace
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6 months ago

Your point is what?

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Chris Longski
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3 weeks ago

Hawker Typhoon about to flip a V-1 over.

Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

Brilliant, hopefully they went back to Germany.

Ian Koch
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6 months ago

*B O O P*

TheHolyFatherOfToast
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6 months ago

i remember reading this

Flavia Slag
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6 months ago

Wow

Sparsh Kumar
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6 months ago

however this illustration is from a game.....

Daniel Krause
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6 months ago

I was inverted

Stannous Flouride
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6 months ago (edited)

MYTH: Only THREE of the 8,617 V-1s fired at London were taken down this way. Only about 1/4 made it to anywhere near London, 52% were taken down by a combination of (in order of effectiveness) fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, and barrage balloons. The most effective weapon was the use of double agents by British intelligence that had them report false locations of impacts so that most ended up hitting the countryside north of London.

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago

https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/v1-missiles-ww2-british-pilots?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Sasha Kuleshov
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6 months ago

Smart thinking :D

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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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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.

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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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