Page 9 - History Facts

In the prehistoric times, there was a flightless bird that ate horses!

We may laugh at the flightlessness of birds like ostriches and penguins nowadays but you did not want to mess with their oldest ancestor, Phosurhacida. Aka: The Terror Bird. It was the largest species of predators in South America between 62 million to 2 million years ago.

They were roughly 3 to 10 feet tall and munched on small mammals. They used their massive beaks to either pick up prey and slam them into the ground or inflict precision strikes on critical body parts. Archeologists say that this species left the world at about the same time we got here.


The tank man image is virtually unknown within China due to censorship!

The “tank man” is the nickname of an anonymous man who stood in front of Chinese tanks the day after their military forcibly removed protestors from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The picture was taken on June 5, 1989, by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press. The image became famous as an international symbol that the Cold War era was over. The man was identified as Wang Weilin, but it has never been confirmed. The Chinese government reports they cannot find the man anywhere.


The founding fathers wouldn't be too pleased with our government — Washington and Adams both opposed the two party system

The founding fathers would be disgusted as to what our government has become. No, it's not because everyone's trying to take away citizen guns or dispute gay marriage in the courts, it's because of the rise of the dreaded two-party system. In their eyes, it just can't work. Sort of feels like they may have had a point here.

John Adams dreaded the two-party system from the start. He believed that the greatest political evil under our Constitution, and his greatest fear, was the division of the republic into two big parties with their own leader with views that opposed each other. John Adams wasn't alone either, George Washington also expressed his fear in the two-party system in his farewell speech.

Some theorists believe that there is a psuedo-war between the two parties, orchestrated by a higher power to divide the American people and distract them from what is really important.

Major polls have shown that most Americans believe the two parties are doing so poorly that there needs to be a new, third major party. When you can't solve the problem with two, might as well make it three!


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The Australian military was called to war in 1932. The enemy? Emus. Find out more!

Australia is chock full of stuff that wants you dead, from snakes to crocodiles to terrifying wild koalas. However, what you don't expect is some oversized emus to warrant an all out assault by the Australian army!

The Great Emu War (yes, it's real) showed the Royal Australian Artillery some serious action.

In November of 1932, there was public outcry over the alarming amount of emus running amok in Western Australia. Soldiers armed with machine guns were deployed to "control" the population. Major G.P.W. Meredith of the Seventh Heavy Battery was put in charge of the operation. Their mission was to collect 100 emu skins for the feathers to make hats for light horsemen.

Though they did bag some of the birds over the course of two different attempts a month apart, the operation was largely a failure. A report in December claimed they had 986 confirmed kills with 9,860 rounds of ammunition, a rate of 10 rounds per kill. Though the population of emus was diminished for some time, they continued to bother the farmers and military assistance was requested again in 1934, 1943, and 1948. They were turned down each time.


Grant blew up a bomb under Lee's troops, and still failed to win the Battle of the Crater. Find out what happened!

In the Civil War, soldier-vs-soldier combat was the norm, besides the random artillery that served as support from time to time. Massive battlefields where two groups clashed were always common. However, to prevent a long, expensive siege, Grant decided to take out Lee's army—from below.

Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants was a mining engineer in his civilian life. He proposed digging a long mine shaft below the Confederate troops and planting explosives below the fort. Digging commenced in late June, which resulted in a “T” shaped mineshaft 511 feet long by the end of July. They filled it up with 8,000 pounds of gunpowder 20 feet below the Confederates.

The plan was to rush troops near the crater to split the Confederate force and push from all sides. At 4:44 a.m. on July 30, the explosives went off. It left a crater 170 feet long, 60-80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep, instantly killing between 250-350 Confederate soldiers. The crater isstill visible today.

The attack failed, since the troops that were supposed to move in around the crater charged right into it, getting themselves stuck for a “turkey shoot.” Grant wrote “It was the saddest affair I have witnessed in the war.” There were only 1,500 Confederate casualties compared to the Union's 3,798 casualties.



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