Even those who dedicate their lives to studying history will never know everything there is to know. Each day, there is the potential to stumble upon a historical fact that you never knew before. This idea is perhaps no more evident than in the Today I Learned subreddit. There, people share the fascinating facts they discovered when they were "today years old," and some of them are truly mind-blowing.
The facts range from times when history repeated itself to little-known (but important) figures no one remembers and so much more. Compiled here are some of the most fascinating historical facts from the "TIL" subreddit that we're still wrapping our heads around.
An Ancient Folk Remedy Turned Out To Be More Than Just Superstition
From Redditor /u/RevolutionaryCommie:
TIL a local folk remedy in Boho, Ireland, was to place soil from the local church under a pillow while you slept to cure infections. In 2018 a microbiologist found the churchyard's soil contains a previously unknown strain of streptomyces, which can be used to create antibiotics.Brand-new information?
Soccer Fields Played An Unexpected Role In The Cuban Missile Crisis
A Sewer Worker Accidentally Discovered The Bank Of England's Gold Vault
From Redditor /u/triplealpha:
TIL - In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain, which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them.Brand-new information?
13 People Perished In The Great Whiskey Fire Of Dublin, But Not From The Fire