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History is filled with incredible stories — no, literally, they’re almost impossible to believe.
We study history as children to learn about where we come from, why the world is the way it is, and how not to repeat the same mistakes in the future. With thousands of years of written and spoken history on record, it’s no wonder that so many people get caught up in the fantastic anecdotes of the past, tales of glory and terror, unbelievable human feats and deplorable actions.
And, as they say, history sometimes repeats itself.
But what if some of history’s weirdest and wildest stories actually did happen again today? They’d probably become the trashy, sensationalized headlines that adorn magazine racks and Facebook clickbait… and you know what? We’d still totally click on them to read all about it.
Here are some of history’s weirdest stories that would still make bad headlines today!
Hapless Driver Takes Wrong Turn, Global War Ensues
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the event that sparked World War I, happened by mistake (kind of.) After a failed assassination attempt in Sarajevo earlier that morning, the Archduke and his wife were headed to visit victims in a local hospital.
The drivers of the Archduke’s entourage had not been informed of the itinerary change, and while stuck on a side street trying to change directions, Gavrilo Princip of the Black Hand society, who happened to be in a café across the street, seized the opportunity to assassinate the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife.
Cleopatra Brought Naked and Rolled Up in Rug to Julius Caesar, Egypt, and Rome Now Allied
She certainly knew how to make an entrance…and secure an empire. Too bad she wasn’t around for reality TV.