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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Awww who's a good girl

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martin Phiri
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3 months ago

wonder how much mail she received after this

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Jon S.
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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lenniee
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3 months ago

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

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JuJu
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3 months ago

And they still refused

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Pixie
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3 months ago

I would like a film about these avengers

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Wolfstar
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3 months ago (edited)

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

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Olivier Caissy
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3 months ago

Doesn’t look a day over 50.

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UncleRussian
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Wakka wakka wakka

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Noel Bovae
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3 months ago

So courageous, yet elegant! Just beautiful!

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

Now I want one!

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Faraz Ahmad
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3 months ago

They open up into giant umbrellas

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

How romantic.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

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

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Linus Nilsson
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3 months ago

Decline and Fall*

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EA
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3 months ago

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

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JuJu
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3 months ago

Can we please bring that idea back.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

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

Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

If Einstein had said all that "they" say that he said, he'd still be talking.

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MrTree1779
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3 months ago

Um no. That statement (Hemingway) is not his quote, and that man (Cord Meyer) is not his therapist...

Cal
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3 months ago

Nice

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K.Kobayashi
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3 months ago

This photo is actually "Albert Einstein and World Federalist Cord Meyer in conversation, Princeton, NJ". Taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Scagsy
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3 months ago

For someone that suffers from depression that's really quite inspirational

BusLady
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3 months ago

So true.

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John L
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3 months ago

And too true. Ignorance is bliss.

Cal
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3 months ago

Especially, it seems, when it comes to the reality of this photo!

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Sarah Fox
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3 months ago

Just the sad, lacklustre and air of desolation is heartbreaking. They say a picture holds a thousand words. Also could be staged. Still makes me want to give him the warmest of hugs and wrap him up and take him home to look after. I’m a nurse we get these feelings of wanting to take people home to care for them, usually cantankerous little old ladies that swear like a sailor and knocks the whiskey back with the best of them.

Jeff Requier
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3 months ago

No one is going to be taking photos while your in a private session

Justine Nicole
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2 months ago

Also why would a therapist be publicly announcing quotes from patients haha.

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Oskar vanZandt
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2 months ago

Happiness is a construct (useful for 'selling' all sorts of things to people)... I think contentment and gratitude are the better way to go.

Bama Belle
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3 months ago

Studies show intelligent people focus more on external achievements rather than being in the moment. It's a good explanation for why many are unhappy.

April Thompson
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3 months ago

It's hard to be smart when you talk to people they don't understand a word your saying and everything seems doomed because we can't get the masses to work together to give everyone good lives before the sun kills us or our pollution or each other

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LittleMissLotus
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3 months ago

Sadly, they aren't wrong...

Hooked
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3 months ago

How true !

Sasha Kuleshov
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3 months ago

2020 gets you Ernest! (:

Max L.
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2 months ago

Happines that’s what you make it

AnnieLaurie Burke
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2 months ago

Unlike human stupidity, which he felt was ubiquitous.....

Steve Blackburn
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2 months ago

King Solomon said it first “for with much wisdom comes much sorrow”

Darlene Melcon
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2 months ago

Thanks Nicole.....

ArhomR
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2 months ago

As a harbinger of death, Einstein looks so sad and rightly so.

Kate
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2 months ago

I. Am. Mis. Er. A. Ble. Bow before me!

Jace
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3 months ago

I hate when quotes are thrown around without proper research into who actually said them.

hispanic! at the disco
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3 months ago

Ignorance is bliss

Danieletc
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3 months ago

Stupidity feels good. It's why so many people voted for Trump, and will again. Stupidity feels gooooooood. I keep trying to explain that my unhappy friends. They don't understand. So they are a little happier than me, it seems...

Thomas Ewing
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2 months ago

Mr. Trump is the best choice of all the bad choices out there--you are onto something!

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François Carré
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Laugh or not
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

The sun came up just before he could squash me

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T Simmons
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3 months ago

The Horse

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Beautiful.

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Weronika Natalia Doliwa
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3 months ago

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

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Kenneth Pedersen
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3 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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3 months ago

Is that Marie Curie in the first row?

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Shelp
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3 months ago

I would like to read the whole text translated

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Davor Jelacic
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3 months ago

Odds are it wount hit there again

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martin Phiri
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3 months ago

Are Romans Extinct?

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UncleRussian
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3 months ago

Now that's a good amount of wine

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Jon S.
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3 months ago

Thought to be used for fortune telling

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JuJu
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3 months ago

I would like to see the gigantic screw

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Alex K
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3 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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3 months ago

Good thing they laminated it back then !!

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