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29 Weird History Facts You Probably Didn't Learn In High School

JULY 13, 2015  —  By Joe Welkie

History is a very broad subject. Most of the time, it has to be broken up into several different classifications to make it more manageable. Since this topic is so broad, there is absolutely no way you can cover it all, especially not in great detail.

But sometimes those details — the little fun facts you can use to wow your friends — are the most interesting things of all. That's why we went ahead and compiled a list of historical facts that your teachers failed to mention.

1. Flour sacks were fashionable.

During the Dust Bowl, people sewed clothes out of flour sacks when money was tight. When flour distributers heard about this, they made their bags more colorful so the subsequent clothing would be more attractive. Always lookin' out!

2. Winston Churchill loved smoking cigars. Like, really loved it.

Winston Churchill famously stated that he limited himself to 15 cigars per day. That's a very generous limit, even for the British Bulldog himself.

3. King Tut's parents were incestuous.

Recent DNA tests have confirmed that King Tut's parents were brother and sister. This could explain all those pesky illnesses and deformities.

4. Einstein could have been president! (Kind of.)

Albert Einstein was offered a presidential seat in Israel. He declined.

5. The "Spanish Donkey" was a torture device, not a dance move.

This form of torture involved having people sit naked on a board many feet in the air. Torturers would then tie increasingly heavy weights to their feet. This was obviously uncomfortable.

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