The below list highlights some interesting and yet fascinating random facts gathered from the internet. The one about Pius II before he became a pope is my favourite.
1. Trial by ordeal
In Medieval times, the accused of a crime often faced a “trial by ordeal,” where they were forced to stick their arm into a vat of boiling water. If their arm emerged unscathed, it was believed God protected them, thus proving their innocence.
. The tale of two lovers
Before becoming pope, Pius II wrote a popular erotic book, The Tale of Two Lovers.
The book went on to be one of the best selling books of the fifteetn century …
The novel set in sienaa, centers around the love story of lucretia, a married woman and euryalus, one of the men waiting on the duke Austria and contains a lot of erotic imagery.
3. The Romans used crushed mouse brains as toothpaste
Here are the ingredients the early romans used to prepare a good “toothpaste”: “Ashes, head of hare, donkey teeth, extracts of mouse brain or hare”, and bicarbonate sodium. source
4. Human zee
Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov attempted to impregnate a chimpanzee with human sperm, but failed in his quest to make a “humanzee.”
5. Early Contraceptives
In 16th-century Canada, the women practiced a form of contraception where they drank a potion with grounded beaver testicles.
6. Drowned brides
he Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Ibrahim I had 280 of his concubines drowned in the ocean after one of them slept with another man.
Being too warm at night can trigger nightmares. Experts suggest the reason for this is because heat triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response, a mechanism linked to survival and heightened anxiety/anticipation.