Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than You Already Know

 Forget what you learned in history books. Often they tell only one side of a nuanced story. The rare finds collected here show an aspect of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of the stories we think we know to reveal little-known facts that make history more fascinating. If you're ready to see a different side of history than what you already know, click ahead...the truth is waiting for you!

When we think of Ancient Egypt we imagine giant pyramids and sarcophagus-buried mummies, but there is much more to the time period than those basic facts. These sandals worn by King Tut show that people in ancient Egypt were more similar to modern people than we ever thought. Not only did they wear the same shoes as us, but they were also in the same fashion as us. Renowned antique footwear expert André Veldemije said:

If you think this car is a prop from a James Bond movie then you would not be wrong. The 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype II was designed by Preston Tucker and produced in Chicago in 1948. Tucker was only able to turn out 51 cars before the company closed on March 3, 1949.

The Tucker featured a directional third headlight that activated when the car turned more than 10 degrees, although at the time 17 states had laws against vehicles having more than two headlights. It also had a rear engine and a roll bar integrated into the roof above a windshield made of shatter-proof glass.

It's hard to see but this is how things were in ancient Bulgaria. In 2013 archaeologists discovered a complete cart attached to the skeletons of two complete horses in the village of Svestari in north-east Bulgaria. The cart has all four wheels, seat and boot, and is believed to have been the property of a member of the Thracian elite. The horses were probably led through a narrow hole and put out of their misery before being buried. This discovery is one of a kind and it is unlikely that archaeologists will ever find something so well preserved.

Diving has come a long way since the Victorian era, when people finally began exploring the depths with sophisticated forms of technology, allowing researchers to go farther than ever before. This 1882 design was created by the Carmagnol brothers of Marseille, France. The suit, with its 22 joints, provided greater speed than anything that had come before. In addition, the helmet had 25 separate 2-inch glass viewing ports spaced at the same distance as the human eye. Unfortunately the suit weighed a little over 800 pounds and could never be submerged without taking on a lot of water.

After the horrific events of September 11, 2001, Taliban leader Osama bin Laden became public enemy number one in the Western world. Everyone wanted to find Bin Laden and bring him to justice to bring honor to the country, but there was at least one restaurant owner who had put a bounty on the terrorist's head. California restaurateur Ted Balestreri joked that he would open a bottle of his 141-year-old Chateau Lafite Rothschild with the US Secretary of Defense if he played a role in the capture or killing of Bin Laden. After the killing of bin Laden in 2011, Balestreri said it would be an honor for him to open the bottle in celebration.

When Rotary decided everyone needed a private helicopter, they hired B.J. Schramm was asked to present the idea of a single-seat aluminum helicopter. The Schramm Scorpion made its first flight in 1966 with the hope of becoming America's own personal kit helicopter.

Scorpion production kits were actually on sale from the late 60s until 1984. The mini-copters could fly up to 160 miles and reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour, weighing up to 425 pounds. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we were all flying in these little helicopters?

Need to know what time it is? If you were alive in the 16th century you couldn't just check your calculator clock and you had to rely on the sun. If you have a little money to spare then you can buy a sundial ring like this. This miniature clock came about because people at that time were interested in natural sciences and they were interested in using natural means to accomplish tasks such as keeping track of the time and date. The ring features an engraved coat of arms as well as an opening that depicts a sundial and compass.

Woodworking has long been an important part of daily life, whether as a serf or a royal family. After all, we all need doors. By the 18th century woodworking had evolved into much more than simply creating a shelter between man and the elements, and craftsmen worked long hours crafting beautiful pieces of furniture that served as pieces of art as well as outdoor protection. Could also work for. Germans have long had a passion for woodworking, and similar designs can be seen in colonial American furniture due to the large numbers of German immigrants who crossed the pond in the early days of the United States.

1 comment:

  1. Osama bin Laden died in December of 2001 from complications of Marfan's Syndrome. One wonders who it was in those conveniently timed audio and video recording purportedly of ObL between 2001 and 2011.


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