Page 8 - History Facts

British Intelligence considered giving Hitler estrogen.

rWhether they were considering giving Hitler estrogen to get rid of his iconic mustache, or merely to temper his aggressive behavior, historians have discovered a plan by the British Intelligence to administer estrogen to Hitler. 

Perhaps it was decided that Hitler was unstable enough without messing with his hormones, but, in any case, the plan was not put into action. Interestingly enough, the British Intelligence did have the means and people in place capable of dosing Hitler’s food. 

One might think it might be more useful to poison Hitler, but the British Intelligence had an answer for that too: Hitler’s food was tested for poison, but estrogen, which is flavorless, would go unnoticed. Throughout history, intelligence agencies have employed or considered employing new science in secretive ways to affect politics. At one point, the CIA had a plan to poison Fidel Castro so that his beard would fall out. 

Rome was once the biggest city on the planet. What happened to everyone?

Rome may have not been built in a day, but it sure as heck fell pretty quick. It was once a shining example of a civilization, a bustling capitol that topped out around 1,650,000 citizens by 100 AD, until late in the 20th century where it reached a whopping 3,500,00 people. However, by the 14th century it fell to a paltry 17,000.

Between 1 and 100 AD Rome was the largest city in the world with the Roman Empire completely dominating the Mediterranean when the Republic ended. Augustus took over Caesar's grand projects and created many of his own including the Forum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis. In 64 AD the Great Fire of Rome destroyed most the city, but Rome used it as an opportunity for new development.

Thanks to a plague that killed around 2,000 people a day and numerous sackings of the city the Western Roman Empire went into many great declines. The declines accelerated when the capture of Africa Proconsularis by the Vandals took place in the fifth century. The grain supply from Africa ceased and the citizens fled, destroying monuments in the process.


St. Michael's Mount in England. It's beautiful, but it's only accessible at low tide. Learn more!

St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall is a fascinating and mysterious island off the coast of England. With a history dating back to Roman times, it's a unique part of British history.

One of an amazing 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the coast of England, the true history of St. Michaels Mount is lost to the ages. Its historical name refers to a "grey rock in the woods", even through it is located just off the coast. The Cornish legend of Lyonesse tells the story of kingdom off the southwest coast of England that was lost to flooding, similar to the story of Atlantis.

Some historians think that because of these facts, there was once a great flood that turned the hill in the woods into an island. Since then, has been a monastery of varying creeds. Edward the Confessor gave the island to the Norman monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, giving the island it's current name.


Some awesome lists!

The border between Sweden and Norway. Norway and Sweden used to be the part of the same country back in the day!

Between 1814 and 1905, the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Norway were really the same country, united under one King!

1814 was perhaps the most pivotal year in Norwegian history. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian Union as a direct result of the Napoleonic Wars, Norway was the closest it had been to being an independent state since Viking times. Unfortunately, Denmark–Norway had sided with the French during the wars, and therefore Norway was ceded to Sweden as part of the peace accords.

Norway wished to be free, however, and declared independence in May of 1814, framing a new constitution and electing a new Monarch. Sweden wasn't having any of that, and invaded that summer. After a ceasefire was signed, Norway agreed to join Sweden as a personal union governed by one king, the King of Sweden Charles XIII.

It wasn't until 1905 that, following a peaceful dissolution of the union, Norway was granted complete freedom.


Thomas Jefferson believed in a nation of agriculture rather than one based on industry. He'd be pretty disappointed today!

Thomas Jefferson is a big name in American history books as one of the key founding fathers of the United States. His ideals and beliefs structured the nation and created a foundation of how things run today. However, there is one ideal that we have strayed away from, and didn't heed his warning. Jefferson believed in a nation of farmers and agriculture rather than one based on industry.

He firmly believed that unlimited expansion of commerce and industry, like we have seen in the last 150 years, would lead to to a class of wage laborers who rely on others to survive. They wouldn't be able to provide their own income or sustenance. These people would be vulnerable to political subjugation and economic manipulation. Jefferson wanted to combat this with an income tax that scales with a persons wealth. This would a disincentive to hoard wealth and provide some funds to distribute downward.

It may sound a bit like Communism, but Red Nations didn't exist back in the day when new government ideas were being formed. Jefferson was just trying to think of an economic structure that would create a strong, self-sustaining, financially secure people.



users online