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"

Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

Some of them will have invested in luxury property on the artificial reefs - formerly islands - of a certain Middle Eastern country, no doubt. I hear that 'The Palm' may be renamed 'The Seaweed' ...

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djinnjeannie
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3 months ago

This piece isn’t titled “politicians discussing global warming”. It’s by Isaac Cordal and is called “Follow the Leaders”. Social media decided it was about climate change.

Thomas Register
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2 months ago

Considering that they're sinking, I think that's entirely appropriate.

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Janine B.
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3 months ago

It's an art project called "Follow the leaders". http://cementeclipses.com/Works/follow-the-leaders/

Stimpy
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3 months ago

It's cool, but how is it "weird HISTORY" ?

Catlady6000
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3 months ago

I started to wonder that myself, then I decided it was more fun not to question.

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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Fellow Pandas, some of the submissions on this post are meant as joking commentaries, and not to be taken literally. This is obviously one of them. *whoosh*

TSW
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3 months ago

I was never gonna see a polar bear anyways BUT IF WE DONT STOP GLOBAL WARMING I WONT HAVE THE CHANCE :'( jk, I live in Utah where we can have 10 feet of snow and 90 degree weather in the same 3 days

Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

Creepy! I wonder how many people have jumped i the water trying to rescue them.

Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

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omg....how stupid.

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BusLady
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2 months ago

The shorter people didnt fare too well.

Thomas De Trogh
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3 months ago

It's a miniature sculpture by Isaac Cordal (@isaaccordal on Insta)

Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

Thank you!. Here is more from the artist: http://cementeclipses.com/blog/

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

"We sure could use some global warming because this water is very cold."

Tovah Roche
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3 months ago

The tallest dude is actually Gollum in a suit.

Carolyn Bock
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2 months ago

like it

sam thecat
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2 months ago

I love this!

Oskar vanZandt
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2 months ago

"There's no hurry, there's still enough of us with our heads above water..." (and some have their heads in the sand or up their *rses).

Stuart Wilsdon
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2 months ago

Is this a very small sculpture or are those very large cobbles?..

Cathelijne van Weelden
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2 months ago

Artist: Isaac Cordal. This image is a reproduction of the sculpture installation The Electoral Campaign performed by Cordal in Berlin in 2011. It became popular on the Internet under the title Politicians Discussing Global Warming, although it was actually part of his series called Follow the Leaders.

Bill Harrell
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3 months ago

One of the best!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 month ago

Good one !!!

Dorothy Cloud
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1 month ago

From a previous comment, they said it was a real sculpture, just wasn't about global warming or named that!

Allan Miller
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2 months ago

Note that there are no female politicians in this sculpture.

Randy Klefbeck
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2 months ago

Brilliant.

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
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2 months ago

😂😂😂😂

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
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2 months ago

That's probably going to happen, because they don' believe in global warming

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okpkpkp
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2 months ago

yep.

Jaybird3939
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2 months ago

"But it's a hoax, right?"

Terri Altman-Hollister
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2 months ago

They won't believe it until the last one isn't able to breathe...

Aimee Simmons
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2 months ago

climate change is a normal function of our solar system. We are still coming OUT of an ice age. We humans are not doing anything that is disrupting the natural cycle of this planet. We aren't being good stewards of the land by far, but unless we nuke the whole damn planet, we cannot stop it from doing what it does. It always balances itself out. We humans are what we are because we adapt. We learn how to cope, and we overcome. We can't stop the planet from warming. That is what it does when coming out of an ice age. We CAN adapt and overcome. It's what we do.

Ingrid Kelly
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2 months ago

Looks right.

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
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2 months ago

Yeah. They're trying experiments to cooling down

Elizabeth Piggin
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2 months ago

That's just freaky

F. H.
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2 months ago

That reminds me of the sinking of Atlantis in Erik the Viking

Cam Carroll
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2 months ago

Bill Gates bought a $43 Million dollar ocean front home. Guess he doesnt mind if it gets a little wet from global warming.

Jill Ferguson
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3 months ago

On point.

HungryPanda
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3 months ago

“Let’s wait a bit...”

Camilla Gonzales
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3 months ago

o my

Anita Wolfy
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2 months ago

All of them males!!

Orionpax75
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2 months ago

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Berlin lol should be America with all the fuckin retards we have running this into a shithole!!

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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!

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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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