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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5 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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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

True solidarity.

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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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5 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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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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5 months ago

Awww who's a good girl

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martin Phiri
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5 months ago

wonder how much mail she received after this

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Jon S.
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5 months ago

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

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UncleRussian
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5 months ago

"I still don't think it's real"

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lenniee
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5 months ago

It's nice to know that cats will always be cats

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JuJu
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5 months ago

And they still refused

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Pixie
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5 months ago

I would like a film about these avengers

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Wolfstar
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5 months ago (edited)

His face says it all..."What the heck, man??!!"

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Olivier Caissy
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5 months ago

Doesn’t look a day over 50.

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UncleRussian
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5 months ago

They could've really used a "Beware of the smacking angry hill" sign

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Calane E. Vanya
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5 months ago

legal or not, slavery is still present in many countries around the world. I think I even heard that there are more slaves today than ever in the past. I think not many communities are civilized (for various reasons).

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Wakka wakka wakka

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Noel Bovae
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5 months ago

So courageous, yet elegant! Just beautiful!

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

Now I want one!

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Faraz Ahmad
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5 months ago

They open up into giant umbrellas

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

How romantic.

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago (edited)

In the painting they’re depicted as father and daughter, not husband and wife as many believe. In reality the woman is the painters sister Nan and the man is their dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby. No, they didn’t get married.

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Mme de Poppadom
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5 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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5 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

"brave new world" turned out to be the more accurate prediction

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Linus Nilsson
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5 months ago

Decline and Fall*

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EA
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5 months ago

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

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JuJu
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5 months ago

Can we please bring that idea back.

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 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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Olivier Caissy
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5 months ago (edited)

Also lost a finger, which is why you rarely see Scotty’s right hand

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Justine Nicole
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5 months ago

That's actually Ernest Hemingway that said that. But still a good quote!

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François Carré
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5 months ago

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

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Danieletc
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5 months ago

Even those guys don't wear them pre-ripped.

Bacony
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5 months ago

Who would buy pre-damaged clothes as an intentional part of the design?

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Bob Belcher
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5 months ago

Created solely because the ore kept in his cheaper clothes pockets kept ripping the pockets.

Stannous Flouride
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5 months ago

They originally had copper rivets on the center crotch seam intersection as well as the pockets that miners didn't like. Levi Strauss refused to change, pointing out that it's a four layer point and needed reinforcing. That is until one night sitting near a campfire he discovered how well copper conducts heat, in particular to an area of the body most men would prefer not be scorched.

Jim Ellington
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5 months ago

Back until the 80s in New York we called them "dungarees".

zanutty
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5 months ago

Latvian Jewish immigrant actually https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_W._Davis

Gabby M
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5 months ago

My FAVORITE brand of jeans.

chi-wei shen
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5 months ago

And they are used all over the world.

Chewie Baron
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5 months ago

I share my birthday with him, 26th February.

Monika Soffronow
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5 months ago

Add to that the fact that San Francisco was founded by Spaniards in Alta California. Baja California is now south of the border. "Most of the areas formerly comprising Alta California were ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican–American War in 1848. Two years later, California joined the union as the 31st state". (Wikipedia)

Joan Bohlmann
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3 months ago

the pocket rivets, to keep the pockets from ripping off, and the small pockets (also riveted) were for pocket watches.

Tom Adam
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3 months ago

One of the biggest selling points back then, in addition to the durable fabric, was the use of metal rivets at key points. (I used to work at Levi Strauss corporate in SF. They give you the full history during new hire orientation.)

Dorothy Cloud
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3 months ago

I believe there is a type of museum and they have a real old original pair and a real large pair plus other stuff I can't remember.

Dorothy Cloud
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4 months ago

Yea, and they'd turn over in their graves to see what is charged for something that would have been thrown away in their day.

Randy Klefbeck
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4 months ago

Horror of horrors they are no longer made in America. The denim used now is horrible. Way too thin.

TheHolyFatherOfToast
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4 months ago

TEAMWORK

Leah Talley
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4 months ago

What could be more American?

CharliAnn Olney
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4 months ago

The American Melting Pot at it's finest! To bad it ain't still so!

Kimberly Brown
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4 months ago

Diversijeans!

Flavia Slag
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4 months ago

And now they are made in Mexico

Toea Muresan Iulia
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4 months ago

so cool

F. H.
Community Member
5 months ago

That is plain wrong. They were invented by Jacob Davis, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. Strauss, from whom he bought his fabric, financed the patent and they became business partners. Since it was Strauss' money, the company got his name.

curt griebel
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5 months ago

Jacob Davis invented jeans with rivets as stated above.

Sarah Spencer
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5 months ago

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Demongrrrrl
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5 months ago

Didn't he originally make sails?

regi stra
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5 months ago

Fabric originally was from the boat sail in Genova, in fact, Genova is a coast city, meanwhile nimes is not

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Laugh or not
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5 months ago

The 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. In the 3rd of octobre, they let the balloons fly one by one. It was beautiful.

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EA
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5 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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5 months ago

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

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T Simmons
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5 months ago

The sun came up just before he could squash me

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T Simmons
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5 months ago

The Horse

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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5 months ago

Fun fact: Zeus's Das ate his brothers and sisters but his mother gave Zeus's dad a rock instead of Zeus and apparently his dad threw up his siblings and they were all grown and dressed (as the legend says)

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Mme de Poppadom
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5 months ago

Wonder if the Aztecs would hang these from the backs of their pickup carts?

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Beautiful.

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Weronika Natalia Doliwa
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5 months ago

"especially at meal times!" .... sooo a solid glass of alcohol :)

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Kenneth Pedersen
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5 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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5 months ago

Is that Marie Curie in the first row?

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Shelp
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5 months ago

I would like to read the whole text translated

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Davor Jelacic
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5 months ago

Odds are it wount hit there again

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martin Phiri
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5 months ago

Are Romans Extinct?

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UncleRussian
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5 months ago

Now that's a good amount of wine

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Jon S.
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5 months ago

Thought to be used for fortune telling

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JuJu
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5 months ago

I would like to see the gigantic screw

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Alex K
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5 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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5 months ago

Good thing they laminated it back then !!

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