101 terrific history truths

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Terrific History Truths

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
Mary Stuart, queen of England from 1553 to 1558, had 274 people burned at the stake just for being Protestant Christians.

Mongol leader Tamerlane the Great (13361405) executed anyone who told him a joke he had already heard.

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

Monks in Sicily, Italy, mummified dead bodies until 1920. A display of 6,000 can be seen in catacombs in Palermo, standing around or lying on shelves.

People hunting animals examine the faeces of their quarry to find out information about the size, sex and type of animal. In the Middle Ages, hunters often carried the faeces around with them while they hunted, storing them in their hunting horn.

Pope Clement VII tried eating a death cap toadstool in 1534; it killed him.

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

Roman prisoners condemned to fight to death with each other or wild animals often tried to kill themselves before the fight. One man pushed a wooden spike down his throat it was used for holding the sponge people cleaned themselves with in the lavatory.

Romans who killed a relative would be executed by being tied in a sack with a live dog, cockerel, snake and monkey and thrown into a river.

Sailors in the olden days often had a single gold tooth, which could be pulled out and used to pay for their funeral if they died away from home.

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