8 Fascinating Facts That You Hardly Heard in History Lessons

Today humanity has surpassed itself and progress never ceases to surprise us. What did we have to go through to achieve everything up to this point in time? This article will give us the answer to this question.

Bright Side collected facts that will help us to understand history better and look at it from a different point of view.

8. The myth of the Cyclops

Greek myths are full of stories about cyclops. But did they really exist? Or have they just been mixed up with someone or something else? Historians argue that when the remains of mammoths were found, the Greeks didn’t understand where these large bones came from and drew their own conclusions.

7. Buttons on clothes as a remedy for a runny nose

Each of us has thought at least once about why there are buttons on the sleeves of both women’s and men’s outerwear. Of course, now it looks like an additional decoration on the clothes. Actually, it’s the invention of Napoleon Bonaparte — he ordered them to be sewn to the sleeves on the soldiers’ jackets so that they would kick the bad habit of using their sleeves for their runny nose.

6. The Hippocratic Oath was not written by Hippocrates.

In the first draft, recorded by Hippocrates, doctors were forbidden to promote abortion and also the concept of “medical secrets” was disclosed. The full version, which we know now, appeared much later than the death of the Greek doctor and philosopher.

5. Soldier ants were used to stitch wounds.

Indians are known in history as very independent and strong people. They were so strong and stern that they sewed up wounds with the help of soldier ants. These insects with their jaws grabbed the edges of the wound and did not allow them to separate.

4. Hairdressers were dentists.

During the Napoleonic Wars, many soldiers lost their teeth. The barbers of that time that didn’t lose their heads, started to make artificial jaws using the teeth of dead soldiers. They were named “Waterloo teeth” and because there were no dentists yet, all of their work was done by the barbers.

3.Suffering from a headache? There is a way out.

At the time when people were living exclusively according to their beliefs and medicine was unconventional — they solved health issues as well as they could. The most popular recipe for a headache was to wrap a rope, like the ones used to hang people, around a sick person’s head.

2. Stingrays replaced anesthesia.

Electric stingrays have an unusual ability — they put their victims into a daze by stinging them just like the superheroes from Marvel. The ancient Greeks used them in medicine, they eased pain during surgery or childbirth.

1. Wojtek soldier bear

In 1943 during the war, Polish soldiers of the Anders Army, that were supplying artillery equipment, found a small brown bear cub in Iran. He was given the name Wojtek, which in Polish means “the one that enjoys war” or “a smiling warrior.” The main task of his fellow soldiers was the delivery of ammunition. During the Battle of Monte Cassino (Italy), this unusual soldier carried a box of ammunition with his comrades and never dropped it. In honor of Wojtek, a monument has been put in Edinburgh and he is also a symbol on the emblem of the 22nd Polish transport company.