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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Awww who's a good girl

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martin Phiri
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2 months ago

wonder how much mail she received after this

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Jon S.
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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lenniee
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2 months ago

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

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JuJu
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2 months ago

And they still refused

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Pixie
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2 months ago

I would like a film about these avengers

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Wolfstar
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2 months ago (edited)

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

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Olivier Caissy
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2 months ago

Doesn’t look a day over 50.

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UncleRussian
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Wakka wakka wakka

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Noel Bovae
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2 months ago

So courageous, yet elegant! Just beautiful!

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Now I want one!

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Faraz Ahmad
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2 months ago

They open up into giant umbrellas

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

How romantic.

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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2 months ago

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

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Linus Nilsson
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2 months ago

Decline and Fall*

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EA
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2 months ago

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

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JuJu
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2 months ago

Can we please bring that idea back.

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Laugh or not
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2 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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2 months ago

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

Caleb Crotinger
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2 months ago

Why is this a Karen thing? You ordered an iPhone 11 and got an iPhone 8. You supposed to just be content that you have a phone at all?

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Daniel Lewis
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2 months ago

And Comcast has still not corrected that problem.

OhForSmegSake
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2 months ago

How mad do you have to be to sit down and carve your complaint into stone, man? He must've been one pissed off dude 😄

Must Be Bored Again
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2 months ago

Writing was not carved into stone. It was make using certain shaped/angled sticks pressed into soft clay which then had to be fired in a kiln to harden it. So basically a ceramic page, which is one of the reasons we still find them after thousands of years.

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Wes Nishi
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2 months ago

I think chiseling your complaint onto rock would be therapeutic

TropicalPanda
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2 months ago

That's some rock solid grievance !!

Michael Anthony
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2 months ago

Karenus Maximus

Elle Malkamäki
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2 months ago

Tutankharen wants to speak to the manager

Jace
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2 months ago

None of you know what “a Karen” is. Sigh. I hate that we have a culture that believes that any complaint of any kind is bad.

BabyCharmander
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2 months ago

Didn’t they find like HUNDREDS of complaints written out to this guy because he deliberately scammed people and saved their complaints?

Ceredwyn Ealanta
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2 months ago

Yes. And rather than 'being Karens', the complainers were utterly accurate. The man was a rapacious cheat who delighted in ruining the business of others. He was also a rather peculiar fellow - he built a room just for the complaints, and kept them all. Gradually he became so infamous he got his place in history just through this.

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Dorothy Cloud
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1 month ago

If you pay for something, it should be correct!!

TheHolyFatherOfToast
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1 month ago

i wonder if the third person ever was a karen? *grunt* "karen no like this rock! you give back ME rock!"

Kimberley Thomas
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1 month ago

Am I the only one thinking of Mini Wheats? Plus why isn't there a translation?

Z Alexi
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1 month ago

And Bobs, Bills & Joes.

Joel Emmett
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1 month ago

Tell Ea-nа̄ṣir: Nanni sends the following message: When you came, you said to me as follows : "I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots." You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Ṣīt-Sin) and said "If you want to take them, take them, if you do not want to take them, go away!" ...How have you treated me for that copper? You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory; it is now up to you to restore (my money) to me in full. Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complaint_tablet_to_Ea-nasir

Paul Perillie
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2 months ago

"Can I speak with your manager?"

El Dee
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2 months ago

It's funny how they never complain that the copper was of too HIGH a grade..

Carl Sagstad
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2 months ago

Karenicus would like to speak to the manager

Argha Chowdhury
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2 months ago

Hope he got this ready by the time the delivery guys brought in his next copper shipment

allie
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2 months ago

And they're still waiting for an answer.

Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

I find it difficult to send a text.

Valentina Lattante
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2 months ago

CopperAdvisor

Bacony Cakes
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2 months ago

Copperslist

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Izzy Brook
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2 months ago

I wonder if the scribe was named Karen?

Rachel Peterson
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2 months ago

Hope that wasn't the 'good' stone

Peter Kelly
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2 months ago

They kept the customer holding his chisel and they still haven't resolved it...

Nicole Tomme
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2 months ago

kURen

Allison R
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2 months ago

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We've found the spawn place of the Karens

UncleRussian
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2 months ago

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I can hear the Karen asking for the manager all the way in 2020

Letmar Elliel
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2 months ago

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so long as there is a service or product being provided... there will surely be a Karen on the ready to complain about it... tsk tsk tsk

Wolfstar
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2 months ago

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Ah, now this marvelous work was written by a 'lovely' person named Karen...

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 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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2 months ago

The sun came up just before he could squash me

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T Simmons
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2 months ago

The Horse

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Beautiful.

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Weronika Natalia Doliwa
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2 months ago

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

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Kenneth Pedersen
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2 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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2 months ago

Is that Marie Curie in the first row?

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Shelp
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2 months ago

I would like to read the whole text translated

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Davor Jelacic
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2 months ago

Odds are it wount hit there again

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martin Phiri
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2 months ago

Are Romans Extinct?

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UncleRussian
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2 months ago

Now that's a good amount of wine

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Jon S.
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2 months ago

Thought to be used for fortune telling

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JuJu
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2 months ago

I would like to see the gigantic screw

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Alex K
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2 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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2 months ago

Good thing they laminated it back then !!

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