Wed. Nov 24th, 2021
5 Facts Your History Textbook Won't Teach You

5 Facts Your History Textbook Won’t Teach You

Taking a closer look at the events of the past sometimes changes our basic understanding of the history of mankind.

For example, did you know that the use of a basic utensil like fork was deemed officially offensive before the eyes of God in Italy? And the famous torture device ‘Iron Maiden’ was not really a thing? For more such trivia, take a look at the following list which would change your perception of history.


5 Facts Your History Textbook Won’t Teach You

5 Facts Your History Textbook Won't Teach You
5 Facts Your History Textbook Won’t Teach You


  1. Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize: The three personalities notorious for ethnic cleansing and genocide, it is shocking that these three were actually nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Fortunately, none of the nominations went very far.


  1. Women were once made to wear muzzles: History has numerous severe instances of the oppression of women. For example, in the 17th century United Kingdom, women who were perceived to be ‘too outspoken’ or more prone to say something ‘inappropriate’ were forced to wear “scold’s bridle’, which is a metal muzzle. The muzzles were locked around her head and sometimes included spiked plates to be placed in her mouth.


  1. Cleopatra was not Egyptian: One of the most famous rulers of Egypt, Cleopatra, contrary to popular belief, was not an Egyptian. Though born in Egypt, she was actually a descendent of Alexander the Great’s Macedonian general Ptolemy.


  1. A woman was elected to Congress before women could vote: The women in the United States got the right to vote in 1920. But Jeanette Rankin became the first female member of the U.S. Congress in 1916—four years before women could vote.


  1. Lack of sleep caused many disasters in History: The Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Challenger explosion. The Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, all were caused in one way or another by exhaustion caused by lack of sleep on the part of the men who were responsible for preventing such disasters. Get enough sleep, folks!


Subhangee Guha

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