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24 Unbelievably Bonkers Moments from History That Actually Happened

Yeah, we googled em. Pretty legit. We're as surprised as you. It kind of makes sense, if you consider how long people have been around, and all the things we've done, that someone would've thought to enlist a bear in the military or that multiple people would have died in a literal whiskey flood. History is crazy.

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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_(baboon)

    Text - 14.8k points 6 hours ago 2 emoji_wut Jack a Baboon who was employed to change rail signals. "After initial skepticism, the railway decided to officially employ Jack once his job competency was verified. The baboon was paid twenty cents a day, and a half-bottle of beer each week. It is widely reported that in his nine years of employment with the railroad, Jack never made a mistake."
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    Text - RageousT 22.5k points 7 hours ago The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars - 6 people died in a turf war over ice cream van routes (they were dealing heroin out of the vans).
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_%28bear%29

    Text - EbilPottsy 11.9k points 9 hours ago During WWII the Polish army conscripted a bear Wikipedia
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    Text - McPansen 21.4k points 7 hours ago In 2007 a paraglider got trapped in the updraft of two joining thunderstorms and lifted to an altitude of 10 kilometers. She landed 3,5 hours later about 60 kilometers north of her starting position having survived extreme cold, lightning and lack of oxygen
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    Text - 8 hours ago Naweezy 11.8k points The entire Taiping Rebellion A war started by a Chinese peasant who dreamed (and believed) he was Jesus' younger brother. Although poor, the first thing he did was have a giant demon slaying sword forged. Took over a city. Asked the British why they wouldn't pay him tribute as the new head of their faith. Engaged in total war with the Qing. Applied pseduo-communist policies like abolishing private property. Separated women and men from ever interacting, an
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    Text - mlyashenko 6.2k points 9 hours ago During WWI, Christmas 1914, the British and German forces on the western front unofficially made a ceasefire without the authorization of their superiors in order to celebrate, trade goods, and play football Also during WWI, the Russian and German armies in Poland stopped fighting each other in order to fight off an enormous pack of wolves that had been attacking both armies.
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    Text - Back2Bach 18.7k points 8 hours ago The longest piano piece of any kind is Vexations by Erik Satie. It consists of a 180-note composition which, on the composer's orders, must be repeated 840 times so that the whole performance is 18 hours 40 minutes Its first reported public performance in September 1963, in the Pocket Theater, New York City, required a relay team of 10 pianists. The New York Times critic fell asleep at 4 a.m. and the audience dwindled to 6 masochists. At the conclusion,
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    Text - 9 hours ago Jimmy_Ireland 6.1k points In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt simply vanished without a trace and no one knew what happened for 40 years
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    Text - 10 hours ago One_Lukewarm_Life 3.3k points Patton in WWII in charge of a decoy blowup army division
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    Text - McPansen 5.0k points 7 hours ago Vesna Vulović fell from a height of 10160 meters and lived. She holds the world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute
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    Text - S awesomeface357 33.7k points 7 hours ago A Chinese emperor once ran in circles around a pillar to escape an assassin. He survived
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    Text - 7 hours ago Moosewalaaaa 11.4k points Return of Napoleon An army was sent to intercept him, and they ended up fighting for him. If it were shown in a movie most people would have considered it cheesy and unrealistic
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    Text - 10 hours ago magna-terra 4.4k points The emu war, when Australia went to war with emus Reply Share Report Save SexAndCandiru 2.8k points 9 hours ago Not only that, but they lost. To birds
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    Text - CrypticZM 20.9k points 6 hours ago Some guy in Australia decided he wanted to hunt rabbits but rabbits don't live in Australia so then he released like 12 in his backyard and now there's a fuck ton of rabbits in Australia
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    Text - CarlSpencer 20.4k points 7 hours ago In the 1800s there were street vendors in Egypt who sold...ancient Egyptian mummies. Just lined them up on a street corner and sold them like they were umbrellas on a rainy day. English tourists would buy them to display as oddities.
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    Text - pdamoney 10.7k points 6 hours ago The town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany: One of the countries oldest and most preserved cities Essentially during the 30 years war, the catholic army wanted to destroy the town because they resisted the church. Count Von Tilly (sounds like a Monty Python name) was going to destroy the town, but as a gesture of peace the town offered him a Mass (3.25 L) of local wine. He declared that if anyone in the town could drink the Mass of wine in one go, he
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    Text - SockInAFrockOnARock 20.2k points 9 hours ago A town in France nearly danced itself to death in 1518 because of a dancing plague
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    Text - Annie_Benlen 10.6k points 9 hours ago The story of the great Boston Molasses Flood sounds like it would be right at home in scene in a bad Adam Sandler flick.
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    Text - Matthiey 3.0k points 8 hours ago The last time Liechtenstein went to war was the Austro-Prussian war. The fact that sounds like fiction is that they were forced to send 80 soldiers... and came back with 81. They made a friend in the form of an Austrian liaison officer.
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    Text - BallinFC 10.3k points 6 hours ago The Great Stink of London in 1858 One summer the heat dried up the River Thames (where all the human waste went) and an unbearable smell pervaded throughout the entire city. All Parliament representatives were eventually coerced out of their homes outside of London to convene and solve the issue. Much to the citizens' glee, Parliament was held in their building on the bank of the River Thames, resulting in one of the fastest Parliament decisions ever made
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    Text - tiy24 3.0k points 6 hours ago The many defenestrations of Prague. Starting a war by throwing diplomats out the window is almost straight out of 300.
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    Text - Naweezy 2.9k points 8 hours ago In 1504, a German Imperial Knight lost his hand to cannon shot which forced his sword against him. He lived, pretty amazing for that time, and instead of, you know, stopping with fighting and living the rest of his life in peace, he had an iron hand forged SOME JAMIE LANNISTER SHIT Let me repeat that; This motherfucker had an iron hand prostetic over 500 years ago He continued fighting for 40 years, after which he chilled in the castle of Hornburg for his f
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    Text - PizzaTime666 8.7k points 7 hours ago The fire in Dublin Ireland on June 18, 1875. A fire broke out and spread to a malt house and the heat broke open every alcohol barrel and flooded the streets with it. The people of Dublin decides to drink the burning alcohol that is spreading in the streets, filled with liter and debris and was literally on fire. 13 people died not from the fire or smoke but from alcohol poisoning they got from drinking the street whiskey.
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    Text - Chainsaw_Hamster 16.2k points 8 hours ago There were a few Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender after world war 2 and remained on duty in the rain forest for 30 years after the war ended.
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