The Historical Contexts Collection
The Biggest Mistakes That Changed History 17.7k VOTES You know when you've made a big mistake. Sure, there have been tests that you thought you aced or dates that you thought went ... 25 Things You Love That Were Accidents 48.2k VOTES Everything has an origin story. From superheroes, to whatever you had for breakfast, someone sat down and said, “I am going to ... How The Worst Periods In Human History Got Better 22.1k VIEWS Humanity has lived through some horrific periods in history, including natural disasters, plagues, and man-made crises. Plagues ... The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History 64.3k VOTES Many coincidences are just that and nothing more. This is true almost across the board, and while the coincidence at hand might ... 13 Last-Minute Decisions That Changed World History 1.3M VIEWS History can change in an instant. A wrong turn, an off-the-cuff statement, or a single shot can forever alter the course of the ... Historical Events You Won't Believe Happened at the Same Time 3.1M VIEWS In 2014, two separate Reddit users—ShyneBox and mitch3a—posted essentially the same question to AskReddit, several months ... What Was The Absolute Worst Time To Live In Different Countries? 220.1k VIEWS Humanity has endured pretty terrible things in the last 2,000 years, from wars to natural disasters to virulent ... Historical Events You Didn't Realize Were Happening Around The Globe While ... 12k VIEWS The United States condoned slavery for centuries, and the institution, which forced thousands of African Diaspora ... 13 Extremely Unexpected Friendships Between Historical Figures 100.1k VIEWS Everyone knows that opposites attract. It's (at least initially) true for romantic relationships, and it's also ... Plot Holes In History That Actually Happened 189.4k VIEWS Movie plot holes annoy and confuse audiences when filmmakers abandon storylines, characters suddenly gain superhuman powers, or ... Mistakes That Created Modern America 167.2k VIEWS The biggest political mistakes of both the past and present are debated ceaselessly, but governance-related blunders aren’t the ... The Many Times Sexual Intercourse Altered The Course Of History 866.3k VIEWS For many, "the deed" is a private event that takes place behind closed doors. But sex in history has altered ... Historical Mix-Ups That Really Got Out of Hand (Or Almost Did) 239.1k VIEWS Sometimes misunderstandings happen - and that's normal. But when those misunderstandings or mistakes happen on a global scale ... 12 People Who Were Right All Along, But No One Listened To Them 581.9k VIEWS If Abraham Lincoln had heeded the warnings that his life may be in danger, the course of history may have been very different. 10 Murder Plots That Would Have Radically Changed History (If They Succeeded) ... 31.3k VIEWS Powerful leaders walk around everyday with bull's-eyes on their backs. And the world would likely be a much different ... 12 Small Countries That Used To Be Gigantic Empires 190.1k VIEWS It's incredible to imagine, but some small countries in all corners of the globe used to be capitals of mighty empires ... All The Artifacts Indiana Jones Has Recovered 2.9k VOTES With Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford helped birth one of Hollywood's most beloved characters. Even ... Did People Of The Middle Ages Think The World Was Flat? 6k VIEWS When Columbus set sail in 1492, he proved - for the first time - that Earth was round. Europeans laughed at ... Historical Close Calls And Their Impacts On The World As We Know It 321k VIEWS Throughout the tapestry of stories that makes up human history, near misses and close calls have both threatened ... Famous Historical Figures Most People Have No Idea Lived At The Same Time ... 120.7k VIEWS History is a murky concept at best, and it gets murkier the further back one goes. That’s why it’s often so surprising to learn ...