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15 Amazing Historical Facts That No One Ever Seems to Know About

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How much do we really know?

Our human history is inherently prone to geographical and relative biases.

Based on where you live, what type of education you receive, and what you study in school or read for fun, you are bound to end up with a substantially different take on the world and its major events, both past and present.

And this makes perfect sense. As we know, history is written by the victors, so while most of us learn one side of the story, only a fraction of us will go on to learn important other sides to the same event. Smaller conflicts in one country simply might not have any purpose in the curriculum of a classroom on the other side of the world, and individuals will be more attracted to specific moments in history than others. It’s human nature.

There is so much to learn out there that many of us simply never will, yet it’s incredible what fails to make it into certain history textbooks. What is common knowledge in one place is totally ignored in another, leading to unsettling discrepancies in our understanding of human history, culture, and current events. Nothing exists outside of its historical context, so it’s only natural that there is more to a story than meets the eye.

Redditors were asked to share significant historical events that most people don’t seem to even know about, and their list is certainly worth taking a look at.

richard sorge russian spy


Did you learn any of this in school?

Toba! Toba! Toba!

enormous volcanic eruption pinatubo


The toba event:
occurred nearly 75,000 years ago, nearly wiped out humanity. Apparently only 3-10,000 of us were left worldwide.

We don’t know why it happened, the leading theory is eruptions. But here’s where it gets weird—the only animals that reflect this population decline at this time are humans. A worldwide event like this should have killed off huge numbers of species, but it didn’t. Just humans and a very few other animals, most of which are very genetically similar to us.

That’s something to ponder about. (Xenjael)


congo resource wars coltan mining

Source: flickr

The development of high capacity capacitors using niobium and tantalum that are crucial in cellphones caused a demand increase for both metals of which the Congo region of Africa had large deposits of coltan muds rich in both metals, which required very little to mine, literally scoop it up from a river bank. The influx of cash allowed the 200+ tribal groups to purchase modern weaponry to reignite previously smoldering grievances with each other that caused the Congo region to descend into civil war, coupled with the fact that farmers could forgo back-breaking work and simply deliver a few wheelbarrows of mud and make as much as they would all season led to the food shortages during this period.

In short because the world wanted cellphones, the Congo region descended into civil war. (Grinagh)