1. Humans have been hunter-gatherers for 99% of their history.
  2. Humans are 50% heavier and four inches taller in the past 100 years than they have been throughout most of human history.
  3. In 5,000 years of human history, only one disease has been eradicated: smallpox.
  4. When Columbus "discovered" the Americas, the continent was already inhabited by 90 million people which was a third of the world's population.
  5. Leif Erikson is regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Columbus.
  6. We Are Living In The Most Peaceful Time In Human History.
  7. WW1 was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.
  8. The Afghan War is the longest war in U.S. history.
  9. Napoleon wasn't short. He was actually above the average Frenchman.
  10. In 536 A.D., there was a worldwide dust cloud that blocked out the sun for a year, resulting in widespread famine and disease.
  11. About 100 billion people have died in all human history.
  12. The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was the loudest sound in recorded history, heard 3,000 miles (4800 KM) away.
  13. Interracial marriage was banned in the U.S. for much of its history: from 1776 to 1967.
  14. Armageddon (Har Megiddo) has already been the site of several historical battles, the last in 1918.
  15. The pyramids were built by paid laborers. Not slaves. That's a myth by Herodotus, the Greek historian.
  16. Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.
  17. Ice Age Britons used human skulls as cups.
  18. Pope Pius II wrote a popular erotic book called "The Tale Of Two Lovers" before assuming office.
  19. The first car accident occurred in 1891, in Ohio.
  20. Ancient Greek democracy, the world's first, lasted for only 185 years.
  21. The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial.
  22. From 1814 to 1830, the flag of the Kingdom of France was plain white.
  23. Life expectancy in Ancient Rome was from 20 to 30 years.
  24. Christmas was illegal in the U.S. until 1836 as it was considered an Ancient Pagan Holiday.
  25. Over a million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves to North Africa between 1530 and 1780.
  26. 30,000 children took part of a "Children's Crusade" to capture Jerusalem in 1212 AD. Most died in the journey or were sold into slavery.
  27. Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8% of recorded history.
  28. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people.
  29. .
    Sucking a king's nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland.
  30. Proportionally speaking, the most destructive war in modern history was the War of the Triple Alliance, which took the lives of over 60% of Paraguay's population, leaving a woman/man ratio of 4 to 1.
  31. Estimates for the total number of people killed in wars throughout all of human history range from 150 million to 1 billion.
  32. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans including royalty, priests and scientists, routinely ingested remedies containing human bones, blood and fat as medicine for everything from headaches to epilepsy.
  33. If Earth's history were condensed into 24 hours, life would've appeared at 4am, land plants at 10:24pm, dinosaur extinction at 11:41pm and human history would've begun at 11:58:43pm.
  34. The Roman Empire was not the largest empire in history. It was only the 28th largest.
  35. Greece has been in a state of default for half its modern history as a sovereign state.
  36. There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history.
  37. Around 7% of all wars in history were religiously motivated.
  38. During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. At least 38 Indians received the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
  39. In the 1800s, people bought mummies and held "mummy unwrapping" parties.
  40. Only once in history has one submarine deliberately sunk another submerged submarine.
  41. The first person in history whose name we know is "Kushim," an accountant from Mesopotamia who lived around 3200 B.C.
  42. Blackbeard's ship had 40 cannons on it, making it one of the most dangerous pirate ships ever.
  43. Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
  44. Jean Cousin has been said to have discovered the New World in 1488, four years before Christopher Columbus, when he landed in Brazil around the mouth of Amazon, but this remains unproven.
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