During World War II the Soviets trained suicide dogs to attack the Germans. The dogs carried bombs that would explode to destroy the enemy. But there's one thing they didn't thought: The dogs were trained by russians, so they always stood near them, destroying a few of their own tanks.
During the Civil War, a guy called W.V Meadows was shot in the face, particularly in an eye. Not only did he survived, but over 50 years later he coughed the bullet.
The Mad Hatter
Boston Corbett was the name of the guy who shot John Wilkes Booth, the guy that shot president Abraham Lincoln. Corbett was literally insane, since he had inhale a lot of mercury while working as a hatter.
Anne Frank's father was the one that first edited his daughter's diary. He read it all and then cut off the parts he didn't wanted to be published, mainly regarding Anne and his family's privacy.
The FBI had the data that the japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor during the World War II, but president Hoover didn't trust the guy that got the info: A double agent called Dusan Popov, who was apparently a playboy and the inspiration to James Bond.
The Spartans had the chance to be focused on war because every spartan man was a soldier. The other jobs were done by slaves, that didn't live quite well back then, because the spartan law required a certain amount of punishment to every slave.
Here is the fact you've been dying to know: They used over a million horses during the Civil War, and their daily urine could fill twelve swimming pools. Every day.
Main Cause Of Death
Which one do you think was the main cause of death during the Civil War? Gun shots? Falling off horses? Nope. The main cause of death was diarrhea, caused by contaminated water.
The soldiers that fought in Civil War didn't have much clothes, so they would often use the uniforms of the enemy soldiers they killed, what used to generate a big confusion and several accidental deaths.
Catherine the Great, among other Russian Czarinas, loved to be tickled. They had a person to tickle them, in what it was some kind of game before going to their husband's bed.
When Benjamin Franklin's home was being renovated as a museum in 1998 they discovered ten dead bodies in the basement. The first thought was that maybe Benjamin Franklin, one of the American founding fathers, was a serial killer. The origin of the corpses is unclear, but they are most likely elements used by his friend William Hewson to study anatomy.
Mathematician Pythagoras was a tough guy. He killed the ones that dared to didn't agree with him or proved him wrong. And yet, we still have to learn his theory.
Death By Sawing
The Middle Ages wasn't the time to be free and happy and whoever you wanted to be. If someone discovered that you were somehow diverse, the punishment for that crime was to be sawed in half.
When we think of Mozart we think of a correct talented guy that left us great pieces of art, and that's kinda right. But he was also obsessed with poop and farts. And when I say obsessed I mean obsessed: He even wrote songs about it.
Julius Caesar was once kidnapped by pirates who asked 20 talents (the equivalent of today's 600,000 dollars) for his liberation. The emperor laughed at them and said that they should had ask for 50 talents.
When the pirates released him, Julius Caesar told them that he was going to hunt them and crucify them. They didn't take him seriously and didn't run away, but the Emperor returned, killed them all and got his 50 talents back.
In Ancient Rome the punishment for killing your father was called Poena Cullei. It consisted on being tied up inside a sack with a monkey, a dog, a snake and a rooster.
The coroner that performed Albert Einstein's autopsy stole his brain and kept it in a jar for decades. He said that Einstein's brain was slightly bigger than an average human brain.
Marie Curie wasn't entirely aware that the chemical elements she handled were extremely dangerous and radioactive. In fact, most of the tools she used are so full of radiation that they couldn't be studied yet.
Tycho Brahe deserves a special place in the Stupid Deaths Hall of Fame. He was at a banquet and thought that going to the bathroom was rude, so he waited. That caused a kidney infection that killed him a few days later.
Abraham Lincoln is important for many reasons, but he was also the only american president that was also a licensed bartender. He co-owned a saloon called Berry and Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
Two Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and the third, travelled together to Shakespeare's birthplace. And while they were there, they carved a wooden chair that belong to the playwright and took wood chips as souvenirs.
The First Presidential Vehicle
The first United States president to ever ride a motorized vehicle was William McKinley. It wasn't a fun time for him: The vehicle was in fact an ambulance that took him to the hospital after he was shot.
Ancient Romans were serious about excrements and gods. They had a goddess of sewers, a toilet god and a god of poop. The gods were said to visit the latrines frequently and their poop was considered food to the dead.
Caligula was not the most sane of the emperors. He made his horse a senator, fed the prisoners with wild animals and used to talk to the moon.
Ancient Roman women used to wear the sweat of Gladiators as perfume, and drink gladiator's blood because they said that it could cure epilepsy. They also used to use pee as teeth whitener.
Having a woman onboard was considered bad luck by pirates. If one of the crew ever dared to disguise a woman and carry her to sea, he was punished with death.
Roman charioteers were like the soccer players we know now for many reasons. First, they were really famous, and second: They were extremely rich. In fact, they were richer that current soccer players. One of them had a fortune equivalent to 15 billion US Dollars.
Killing Me Softly
Ancient Rome's emperors used to poison themselves a little everyday. They thought that testing a little bit of every known venom would give them immunity. Well, they were in part right and in part wrong. While it works with some venoms, others can still be very deadly.
When Al Capone was convicted, they discovered that he suffered from syphilis. He refused the treatment because he was afraid of needles, and after expending eleven years in jail, he suddenly lost his mind because the illness was in a very advanced state.
Queen Anne's Revenge
Queen Anne's Revenge was the name of the infamous ship commanded by equally infamous pirate BlackBeard. When they found it in 1996 they recovered thirty one cannons and over 250,000 objects.
Nikola Tesla was a genius but also a very strange man. He was so obsessed with cleaning, that he would often use over eighteen napkins for one meal only, to clean cups, plates and cutlery.
Stop Right There
During the World War II the Russian Army had a line of men facing his own troops. This way, they prevented escapes. If any soldier tried to escape, his own partners would shot him.
John Clem was a 11 years old boy from Mississippi, and he was the youngest soldier to fight in the Civil War and the youngest member of the Army ever.
And when thinking about the oldest soldier that served in the Civil War, the name Curtis King comes to our mind. He was an 80 years old man from Iowa.
Abraham Lincoln was nearly killed two years before his assassination. A bullet that came from an unknown gun pierced the iconic hat the President used to wear, saving his life.
The official longest war was between The Netherlands and the Sicilian Islands and it lasted over 330 years, from 1651 to 1986. I'm sure that by the end of it they didn't know why they were fighting about.
The shortest war was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, and armed conflict between England and Zanzibar that lasted only 38 minutes. In that time 500 Zanzibar soldiers died and one british sailor was injured.
The day the Allies invaded Normandy is also known by the code name Operation Neptune, but it is commonly called D-Day. But did you know that the extra D stands for Day? So it is actually called Day-Day.
A Funeral For A Leg
in 1838 a cannonball destroyed the ankle of mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna forcing the doctors to amputate his leg. The President then ordered a full ceremonial funeral for his limb.
Pharaohs were complicated people. And their slaves knew it perfectly. Some of them were smeared with honey to attract flies away from their masters.
The First Fax
The first Fax was sent in 1843, decades before the invention of the telephone, during Queen Victoria's reign and while people were still traveling the Oregon Trail.
Five O'Clock attack
All British Tanks made since 1945 to these days include a special device to make tea while being inside the vehicle. Have you hear anything more British than that?
A man called Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the Hiroshima nuclear attack, and then travelled to Nagasaki, where he also survived the nuclear attack. He lived to be 93 years old.
Jeanette Rankin is a part of history for being the first female member of the congress in 1916. She couldn't vote for herself, since women were given the right to vote in 1920.
Charles Chaplin was already one of the most famous actors in history when he entered a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition in San Francisco. He came in 20th place.
The book Futility, written by Morgan Robertson, is about a ship called Titan that is considered unsinkable and yet sinks after hitting an iceberg not having enough lifeboats for everyone on board. You may think that he was based on the Titanic, but this book was written in the nineteenth century.
Seven of the most deadliest wars in history have been in Chinese soil. The Taiping Rebellion, for example, had twice as many deaths as the First World War.
A Japanese Balloon
A woman and five children died in Oregon after a balloon bomb launched by the Japanese exploded in 1945. They became the only casualties on US soil during World War II.
On Both Sides
American Civil War began on a farm, Wilmer McLean's property, who had to move miles away to escape the fighting, only to have the end of the war inside his new house. Lucky guy, huh?
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