From silly to strange to downright baller, history is full of almost unbelievable moments
Humans are weird and they always have been. Nowadays we think that modern life and technology have made us into the silly, petty, strange being we are, but it doesn’t take much to find examples all throughout recorded history that prove we were always this weird. Textbooks have tried to wipe these things from the records, but they’re there in all their bizarre glory and it really doesn’t take too much sleuthing to find them. Here are some of the most outrageous historical events that you definitely didn’t learn enough about in history class.
The Aztecs. Just in general.
The Aztecs are overlooked in most history classes, but they were far from the primitive tribesmen that most people think of. At the height of its power Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance, was rivalled in size by cities like London and Constantinople, and it was all built on a giant artificial island. It’s a shame their culture was obliterated, because though they might have been a bit too obsessed with sacrificial killing, they were an incredibly fascinating civilization.
During the First Sino-Japanese War, a Chinese admiral pawned one of the main guns on his flagship to a scrap dealer, in order to pay off some gambling debts.
This was the same war where the Empress embezzled from the army to fund her palace renovations.
Chinese ship captains tried to fire their cannons, only to find that the gunpowder charges contained sand. Chinese government did not give two sh*ts about their own people and only went through the motions of having a country. They then got volcanically angry when anyone suggested that they had a problem.
The American hippo bill. During a meat crisis in 1910, some American legislators wanted to introduce African hippos to the southern wetlands so we could all enjoy “lake cow bacon.” Obviously, the bill never passed.