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

Caleb Crotinger
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6 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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OhForSmegSake
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

I think chiseling your complaint onto rock would be therapeutic

TropicalPanda
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6 months ago

That's some rock solid grievance !!

Michael Anthony
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6 months ago

Karenus Maximus

Elle Malkamäki
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6 months ago

Tutankharen wants to speak to the manager

Jace
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6 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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6 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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6 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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Max L.
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2 weeks ago

Since then, that’s all they understand

IIZMAGIKARP
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1 month ago

karen's ancestor

Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

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

TheHolyFatherOfToast
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5 months 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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5 months ago

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

Z Alexi
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6 months ago

And Bobs, Bills & Joes.

Joel Emmett
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6 months 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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6 months ago

"Can I speak with your manager?"

El Dee
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6 months ago

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

Carl Sagstad
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6 months ago

Karenicus would like to speak to the manager

Argha Chowdhury
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6 months ago

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

allie
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6 months ago

And they're still waiting for an answer.

Steve Barnett
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6 months ago

I find it difficult to send a text.

Valentina Lattante
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6 months ago

CopperAdvisor

Bacony Cakes
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6 months ago

Copperslist

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Izzy Brook
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6 months ago

I wonder if the scribe was named Karen?

Rachel Peterson
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6 months ago

Hope that wasn't the 'good' stone

Peter Kelly
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6 months ago

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

Nicole Tomme
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6 months ago

kURen

Allison R
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6 months ago

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We've found the spawn place of the Karens

UncleRussian
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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

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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.

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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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