Stunning History Facts

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1. The world's first Buddhist ruler, Emperor Ashoka, was the first ruler in human history to ban slavery, animal cruelty, and deforestation.
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2. The oldest person in history smoked for 96 years.
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3. One of the most prolific serial killers in history (killed >300 girls) was released on a $50 bail in 1998, and is currently free.
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4. A deck of cards, if shuffled properly, will become a deck that is quite possibly never seen in the history.
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5. 34 percent of high school history teachers in the U.S. have neither majored nor been certified in the subject.
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6. Around 7% of all wars in history were religiously motivated.
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7. The longest baseball game in history lasted for two days.
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8. Two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived past age 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today.
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9. For the first time in U.S. history, more than half of all babies born in 2011 were nonwhite
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10. If you type 'cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history' in the Mac program Terminal, you can read fun facts for every day of the year.
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11. On this day in 1956, a gorilla was born in captivity for the first time in history.

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9th century Facts
In the 19th century, circumcision was used to treat epilepsy, hernia, lunacy and paralysis.
Victorian Facts
‘Last shake o’ the bag’ was Victorian slang for ‘youngest child’.
June Facts
On 28 June 2009, Stephen Hawking hosted a party for time travellers from the future. Nobody showed up.
Sparta Facts
There was a law in Sparta against having an unmanly complexion.
18th century Facts
Most people in the 18th century only had a proper wash twice a year.
Bible Facts
There are no mentions of salad in the Bible.
Latin Facts
From 1934 to 1948, the motto of the BBC was Quaecunque, Latin for ‘Whatever’.
20th century Facts
Of the 142 million deaths caused by an ideology in the 20th century 94 million were due to communism.
Vikings Facts
Vikings who died in bed rather than battle went to a special afterlife where it was always foggy.
1950s Facts
Membership of the Conservative Party has fallen by 97% since the 1950s.
History Facts
The oldest person in history smoked for 96 years.

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