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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Awww who's a good girl

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martin Phiri
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1 year ago

wonder how much mail she received after this

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Jon S.
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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lenniee
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1 year ago

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

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JuJu
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1 year ago

And they still refused

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Pixie
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1 year ago

I would like a film about these avengers

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Wolfstar
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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Olivier Caissy
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1 year ago

Doesn’t look a day over 50.

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UncleRussian
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Wakka wakka wakka

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Noel Bovae
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1 year ago

So courageous, yet elegant! Just beautiful!

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

Now I want one!

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Faraz Ahmad
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1 year ago

They open up into giant umbrellas

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

How romantic.

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Tomasz Jackowski
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1 year ago

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

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Stimpy
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1 year ago

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

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Linus Nilsson
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1 year ago

Decline and Fall*

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EA
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1 year ago

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

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JuJu
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1 year ago

Can we please bring that idea back.

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year 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!

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

Making it out of childhood alive was a big accomplishment then.

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El Dee
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1 year ago

I can look into the eyes of someone born 274 years ago. She will have met people who were born more than 300 years ago. Sorry, this shit FASCINATES me lol!

Scagsy
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1 year ago

Wow. That's remarkable

Paul Perillie
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1 year ago

Meant to say the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia has an entire exhibit of photos of veterans of the war

Go Hawks
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1 year ago

Can I just say, she's a freakin cute old lady? Albeit one who would probably totally kick your butt

Jim Ellington
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1 year ago

Her left eye seems to be staring at her shoulder. Her right eye is staring into my soul.

Nicole Tomme
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1 year ago

Youngest and oldest in her time... That is quite interesting.

Guy Hoops
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1 year ago

If you go here: https://www.livescience.com/60387-oldest-photographs.html and scroll down a bit, there is a photo that pre-dates this by just a few years. BUT, this is probably the oldest "posed" portrait of a person.

Rob Howe
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1 year ago

I think you missed the point. It's not the earliest photo ever taken, but the lady was probably the earliest born person ever to be photographed.

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

She looks thrilled

Brock Rock
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1 year ago

The first person to wonder what to do while standing in front of the camera

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Paul Perillie
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1 year ago

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia has an entire dis

John Dillon
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1 year ago

There is an earlier photograph, taken in 1838, of a man having his shoes shined in Paris.

S.
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1 year ago

She's servin'.

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Olivier Caissy
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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François Carré
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Laugh or not
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year 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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1 year ago

The sun came up just before he could squash me

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T Simmons
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1 year ago

The Horse

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Beautiful.

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Weronika Natalia Doliwa
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1 year ago

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

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Kenneth Pedersen
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Is that Marie Curie in the first row?

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Shelp
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1 year ago

I would like to read the whole text translated

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Davor Jelacic
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1 year ago

Odds are it wount hit there again

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martin Phiri
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1 year ago

Are Romans Extinct?

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UncleRussian
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1 year ago

Now that's a good amount of wine

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Jon S.
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1 year ago

Thought to be used for fortune telling

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JuJu
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1 year ago

I would like to see the gigantic screw

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Alex K
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Good thing they laminated it back then !!

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