Amazing dumb facts about history unknown to us

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We all talk about history a lot but there are several dumb facts which we have believed in till now.
  • Talk is cheap compared to what it used to be; in 1915 a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first three minutes.

 

  • Glasses have been worn for about 700 years.
  • “Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be excellent riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages are $25.00 a week.” This is a mid 1800’s help wanted sign for the Pony Express.
  • Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S. but technically it’s number 47. Until August 7, 1953, congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the union.
  • About 300 years ago, people used toothbrushes made from hog bristles.
  • Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.
  • Seventy percent of the soldiers who served on U-boats for Germany in World War II lost their lives during the war.
  • During the Middle Ages, people used spider webs to try to cure warts.
  • In 1960, an estimated 4,000 people were over 100 years old in the U.S. By 1995 the number had jumped to 55,000.
  • The Spanish – American War was started when an American vessel, the Maine, sunk in Havana harbor. Contrary to popular belief, an internal fire that spread to the ammo storage caused the initial explosion, not a sea mine.
  • Rockets were first made by the Chinese more than 750 years ago.
  • In 1921 76 inches of snow fell over Silver Lake, Colorodo, the heaviest snowfall ever recorded.
  • Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
  • Nearly 3000 merchant vessels were sunk by U-boats in World War II
  • The 100 years war lasted 116 years.
  •  1980 the yellow pages listed a funeral Home under “frozen foods”.

 

  • In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
  • The first sound recording ever made: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in 1877.
  • In 1962 an outbreak of contagious laughter in Tanganyika lasted for six months and caused schools to be closed.
  • 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
  • In 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours because of an ice jam blocking the Niagara River.

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