101 terrific history truths

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Terrific History Truths

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
An Egyptian mummy can have more than 20 layers of bandages, with glue between the layers. Every finger and toe was wrapped separately. It took 15 days to wrap a royal mummy.

Ancient Egyptians sometimes brought a mummified body to banquets to remind diners that one day they would die.

Ancient Greeks used to blow up a pig's bladder like a balloon and use it as a ball.

Ancient Romans made hair dye from pigeon faeces.

Anglo-Saxon peasants sometimes wove clothes made out of dried stinging nettles.

Anyone who rebelled against the Mesopotamian king Ashurnasirpal could expect to be skinned or buried alive. We know this because he buried some rebels inside a column and carved the story of their crime on the outside.

Before written or computerized records helped us to keep track of criminals, many countries marked criminals with a tattoo or a branding iron a red hot iron used to burn a pattern, letter or picture into their skin.This meant that everyone could see what they had done.

Biological warfare has been used since 600 BCE when the Greek city Cirrha was besieged by Solon. He poisoned the water supply with hellebore roots and stormed the city while the citizens had diarrhoea.

Birching was allowed as a punishment in Britain until the 1940s. It consisted of being beaten on the bare buttocks with a bunch of twigs.

Bird faeces called guano were collected and sold from Peru, Chile and Bolivia for hundreds of years. It was used as a fertilizer for plants.

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