10 top things our
teachers forgot to tell us

10. Numbers

Arabic numerals (the ones used in English) were not invented by the Arabs at all – they were actually invented by Indian mathematicians.

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9. Leg Burial

In 1838, General Antonio López de Santa Anna (President of Mexico) had his leg amputated after his ankle was destroyed by canon-fire. He ordered a full military burial for it.

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8. Daniel Boone

Contrary to popular belief and legend, Daniel Boone not only did not wear a coonskin cap, he detested them. Instead, Boone wore a felt cap.

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7. US Airforce

At the start of World War I, the US Airforce (then a component of the US army) had only 18 pilots and 5 – 12 airplanes.

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6. World War II

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

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5. England’s King George

I was actually German.George I was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 August 1714 until his death, and ruler of the Duchy and Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg in the Holy Roman Empire from 1698.

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4. Iceland

The Parliament of Iceland is the oldest still acting parliament in the world. It was established in 930.

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3. The Great Fire of London

Despite the terrible nature of and damage caused by the 1666 Great Fire of London, only 8 people were killed. This is despite the fire destroying at least 13,500 houses.

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2. Pisa tower

Soon after building started in 1173, the foundation of the settled unevenly. Construction was stopped, and was continued only a 100 years later. Therefore, the leaning tower was never straight.

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1. Pillows

Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.

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