Perhaps that's why we're a little obsessed with Redditor internetheroxD's thread, 'What historical fact blows your mind?' Truth is, they all do, but here are 10 of the best:
Jux_ 82: Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than to the building of the Pyramids.
adeadhead: Oxford University predates the Aztec Empire by 250 years.
murkyclear: Pope Pius II wrote "The Tale of Two Lovers" which was one of the bestselling erotic novels of the fifteenth century.
karmanaut: Adolph Hitler's remaining relatives (nephews, I think) made a pact to never have children, so that the family dies out forever.
mannyrmz123: Slavery was not completely abolished worldwide until 1981, when Mauritania formally outlawed this practice.
NiagaElRei: The Ottoman Empire's Sultan Ibrahim I had 280 of his concubines drowned in the ocean after one of them slept with another man. Talk about jealousy and insecurity.
IAmACollegeStudent1: That Joseph Stalin killed more of his own people than the genocide conducted during the Holocaus.
Oneiropticon: The fact that koalas used to be carnivorous.
examinexistence: There is a huge stone pyramidal structure on the ocean floor of the coast of Okinawa, Japan. 12 thousand plus years old
And, most impressive of all, as told by yours_duly, In 1866, Lichtenstein invaded Italy with an army of 80 soldiers and returned with 81 (made a friend along the way). We agree with sketchynerd, "this needs a Wes Anderson movie"!
Read the full thread HERE!