101 terrific history truths

Terrific History Truths

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
Vikings used rancid butter to style and dress their hair.

The Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathori killed more than 600 young girls in the 1500s in order to drink and bathe in their blood.

Mongolian leader Tamerlane played polo using the skulls of enemies killed in battle.

In China in the 1500s, a common method of committing suicide was by eating a pound of salt.

In 1740, a cow found guilty of witchcraft was hanged.

So many people associated with the discovery of Otzi have died young that some believe the mummy is cursed.

A medieval trial of guilt required a suspected criminal to plunge their hand into a pan of hot water and take out a stone, or carry a red-hot iron bar. The injured arm was bandaged and inspected after three days. If it was healed the person was considered innocent. If not, they were guilty and were punished.

Queen Christina of Sweden, who reigned from 1640 to 1654, had a miniature cannon and crossbow for executing fleas.

Wool used to be softened by people trampling on it in a large vat of stale (two-week-old) urine and ground clay. The people who did this were called ‘fullers'.

The Roman king Tarquin crucified anyone who committed suicide – even though they were already dead – to show other people what would happen to their bodies if they did the same.

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