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  1. Hi
    Impressed with some of the surprising events of the past.

    For the Roman Empire to have lasted for about 14 centuries. it would seem incredible but there must be something that keeps them going for so long. Present Italy however is not in good shape – and they need to rise again and not just in football

    About 75-200 million deaths savaged the world during the “Black Death” Oh! how they coped – We can learn some lessons not just technical stuff but things like faith, patience, perseverance etc

    Love some of the other details like urine was consumed in Ancient Rome – thought this was happening only in India. This seems like a validation and if could be proven safe with modern technology it could be used to help shortage of water .

    Thanks

      1. Correction: urine that is collected via a sterile urinary catheter using sterile technique is considered sterile. Once urine touches the body parts during urination, it is no longer sterile.

        1. But urine while coming out of body, no track of it is exposed to out side atmosphere, where it can get contaminated, then how come urine is not sterile? How about sperm, which is collected for medical test is as live and even counted as it’s directly ejaculated into womb! Where does logic fail?-MRRAO.

        2. What you described is a clean catch, not contaminated by outside sources. Urine itself is not sterile. It can contain bacteria. It is one of the body’s waste products.

    1. Nineteenth Century historian John Fiske observed that the continuous authority that constituted the essence of the Roman Empire, extended to any country in the chain of authority that named its ruler “Caesar” or “Czar.” In that line of thinking, the last vestiges of the Roman Empire didn’t end until the murder of Czar Nicholas and his family in 1919, as part of the Russian Revolution.

      1. Actually, Bulgaria’s ruler was also referred to as the Tsar/Czar, so if you wish to take said suggestion even further to Simeon II in 1946.

  2. for the author of this article very strange sense of humour if he considers that to outlive two nuclear bombardments is funny. Did not he want will have fun so with the children?

  3. I wonder if my math is a bit wonky. Rome lasted over 14 centuries? From 31 B.C. to 476 A.D.? So a ‘century’ is about 36 years, 2 months and 20 days long?

      1. There was a Roman Republic before the Empire which started in about 27 B.C. The Roman Empire did end in 476 A.D., though the Eastern Empire, known as the Byzantine Empire lasted until around 1453 A.D. If you combine the two, you do get about 1400 years.

      2. my computer screen even says — somewhere — 14000 years. you would do well to use a native american-english-speaking editorial assistant-proofreader.

          1. With all due respect, your English grammar and choice of vocabulary needs a lot of work. Keep practising and accept criticism.

          2. You don’t know did not mean it to say exactly what he wrote! What are you, some kind of magical superhuman clairvoyant mind reader!?! He most likely did not misspell a damn thing and wanted it to be exactly as he wrote it! Tell us all WonderOracle Diviner-Soothsayer, oh do tell us all what I did and thought about from 8:15 pm to 11:07 pm on the 22nd of August 2021? Surely YOU MUST KNOW!

      3. If as some historians do, include THE REPUBLIC AND THE eastern BYZANTINE EMPIRE as merely a continuation IN EITHER DIRECTION, THEN THE ROMAN EMPIRE LASTED FOR APPROXIMATELY, (NOW REMEMBER THE EMPIRE was split into 2 halves) the western empire collapsed in the wake of the tribal disturbances, you could argue that the ROMAN empire last for 1700 years….

    1. Obviously, he meant to include the Eastern Roman Empire, which survived until 1453 (not to mention the Roman Kingdom/Republic, which had its mythical origin in 753BC).

  4. Caligula never made Incitatus a senator; he merely threatened to make his horse a consul (which is different than a senator) to illustrate his perceived ineptitude toward the Senate.

    And I’m sorry, while it’s a good list there are a lot of spelling and grammatical errors in it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. Yes, agree on all the errors of various sorts. This badly needed proof reading by someone knowledgeable, such as ourselves.

    2. Completely agree. Lots of examples of non-sense.
      This list probably breaks the record for combining illiteracy and errors with fascinating/compelling if true, facts
      Maurice Brasher

    1. Edison was credited with” inventing” many things, but he just took credit for most of the new inventions since he was the owner of Edison Lab , which employed some very talented people.

    2. And like many of Edison (supposed) inventions Edison was founder and head of The Edison Labitory, which employed hundreds of researchers that were the actual inventors. Edison calmed all of the inventions because he owned the intellectual property rights to everything produced by his lab.

    3. Everyone knows it, and yet Canada’s Patent #3738 quietly, stubbornly disagrees. It was filed in 1874 by Toronto’s Mathew Evans and Henry Woodward, for the invention of an electric light.
      ( from CBC.ca website)

  5. Thank you very much… but the Roman Empire is generally considered to have lasted from 27 BC to 476 AD. Which gives it a lifetime of 503 years. Even if you used the year 31 BC it still lasted 507 years but not over 1000 years as you state in this article.
    If you on the other hand choose to consider the fall of Constantinople in 1453 AD as the end of the Roman Empire you can safely say it lasted almost a millennium and a half.

  6. Lots of things up for debate, I think especially the post about the greatest gathering of intelligence. I shall resume this topic at a later date. With notes and what not, but I think it’s pretty clear that the greatest gathering of intelligence lacks diversity justifiably. Asian countries are not represented whatsoever. Unless an argument is made that asian countries were not as intelligent as their counterparts, that is provable, then I think the post is just silly.

    1. If the Asians are missing then it doesn’t mean it couldn’t be greatest gathering. I believe Asian countries are equally intelligence but what makes this gathering greatest among all is the presence of highest number of greatest scientist of the century. The gathering would have been much more beautiful if more scientist would have been there but still such high level of gathering has never been repeated in history and that’s what it makes greatest.

      1. I would refer to it as “The greatest gathering of knowledge” as knowledge does not mean intelligence, I have known many people with great knowledge but no intelligence & I have known people with no academic qualifications but very intelligent on a practical level.

  7. You can say the Roman Republic/Empire lasted nearly 2000 years! The Roman Republic began in 500 BC after overthrowing an Etruscan Kingdom. Unfortunately, the assassination in 44 BC of Julius Caesar, an autocratic Roman general and counsel who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire under the leadership of Augustus, the first emperor.

      1. mostly they make us argue about how long their Empire lasted ……… but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

  8. You can say the Roman Republic/Empire lasted nearly 2000 years! The Roman Republic began in 500 BC after overthrowing an Etruscan Kingdom. Unfortunately, the assassination in 44 BC of Julius Caesar, an autocratic Roman general and counsel who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire under the leadership of Augustus, the first emperor.

  9. Glad to know that Adolph Hitler’s nomination was meant as a joke! Hopefully the one for Donald Trump was also meant as a joke

  10. Mark Lin’s comment is interesting and I have two thoughts on the subject:

    First, JFK, hosting a hundred or so Nobel Prize Winners at the White House in the early 1960’s, told his guests that they represented the greatest assembly of genius since Thomas Jefferson once dined there alone.

    Second– The photo in 1927 only claims to be a collection of the greatest scientists of that period or century. And it lacked “Diversity” because most of the world’s people were living in oppressed nations and never had a chance to explore new ideas. In the early 20th C and throughout the 19th C, almost all scientific advances in the world were made by Americans and Western Europeans because only they were free to think and act constructively. In the 20th C as more people around the world gained a degree of freedom they joined the scientific advance–think of Japan. S. Korea, Singapore, Israel. And the greatest collection of scientists may have been in ancient Greece when Aristotle, Archimedes, Socrates, and Pythagorus were charting new knowledge for mankind. Diversity is over-rated. And there are few racial inequalities in intelligence. Talent and knowledge is key in science! All races are roughly equal but they need an accumulated body of know-how and the freedom the learn it and use it.

    Also, governments have to allow for genius to be freely developed. One of the “facts” tells us that under Prohibition, “In 1926 the government of the US decided to poison alcohol When people continued to consume alcohol despite its banning. Stat’s show that more than ten thousand peoples died due to the consumption of such alcohol.”

    That fact underscores the need for freedom–without oppressive government mandates. In America today, the government is returning to such mandates–as if the elites in Washington are wise enough to impose such ludicrous rules on our people, We should be laying down the rules for our elites–not the other way around!

  11. Like black people say, they are the real Hebrew Israelites or Jews and it is likely they were used to build the pyramids.

  12. Viking helmets with horns were found as votive offering. That means they were used in ceremonies to honor their gods.

  13. great fun reading these 41 facts.
    You would do well to enlist the help of an american-english-speaking proofreader/editorial assistant.
    [hundreds of small errors]
    regards — Mo

  14. It’s amazing that Roman Empire, headquartered in such a small country, ruled the world for such a long period of time.

    It’s interesting to learn that the most successful pirate was a Chinese female (Ching Shih), commanding 1,800 ships and a crew of 80,000 people. Thanks

  15. Adolf Hitler was NOT nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    He was recommended by Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt(A Member of national assemblies who can nominate candidates for the Peace Prize), who argued later that it was sarcasm, but still underwent total condemnation.

  16. It would have been good for someone to proofread this material before publishing it. Having so many spelling mistakes and grammatical errors makes it look a bit amateurish!

  17. If you want to talk about science, stick to science. “Typical Chinese cold-bloodedness”?
    You’re an effing racist!

  18. Did you know that “Killer Whales (Orca) are not Whales ? They share DNA with a Dolphin. They travel in “PODS” like Dolphins do. That is why they are ‘trainable” at places like SEA WORLD

  19. Referring to to the Democracy story. I think you’ll find that the word democracy is actually two words put together. Demos and Kratos which roughly translates as Power of the People.
    Just being picky.
    Enjoy your article on history.

  20. Hitler had only one picture (of another person) on his desk in his desk. Do you know whom the picture was of?

    Answer: Mr. Henry Ford (The Original)

    There are claims that Ford kept a picture of Adolf as well however this as not confirmed (as far as I am aware).

  21. In the soviet union a man survived for 6 months drowned in a frozen lake when the ice broke while fishing … in the 1970 s

    Another man survived a bullet to his heart …

  22. Very good reading! Interresting! All the articles! But a little more elaboration would be more appreciated, instead of the condensed version.

  23. This, I believe, is the shortest war, at 21 minutes. “ On a chilly April afternoon in 1836, this strip of coastal prairie rang with the boom of cannon, crack of musket fire and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” Despite being outnumbered, General Sam Houston’s army of settlers, Tejanos and foreign volunteers decisively defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s forces and won Texas’s independence.

  24. About how it wasn’t us Jews that built the Egyptian pyramids (although true), at that time, there were no Jews. Jews (members of the tribe of Judah, or later, residents of Judea) were first mentioned in the book of Esther, and many Israelites were not even from the tribe of Judah. Moses (peace and blessings upon Him) was a Levite.

  25. What an Awakening! This reading give me feelings of excitement happiness fear sadness hopeful & laughable but what really got my attention and the strongest feelings I had was Barry Marshall and his drinking of the pylori leaving me astonished.

  26. That others made it to America before Columbus is anecdotal – in fact, there were many millions of human beings in America when the vikings got there: it was some of those people who kicked the vikings out.

    What matters is that it was only after Columbus that a permanent communication and exchange of goods and ideas between the Old World and the New World was established.

  27. I totally enjoyed your whole collection of interesting facts .I love All things Egyptian & was unaware that Cleopatra married both of her brothers. Mr Khan was quite the man to have as many descendants as you listed . There really are so many things that can positively be saidThank you it was informative & tremenously enjoyable.

  28. If one studies all the great cultures of the world two facts seem to stay true… Average length 250 years. At their downfall sexual decay dominated the culture. America? We’re there…