/r/shittyaskhistory

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Do you have questions about history that no reliable source can give you? Do you know of some lesser known historical facts that need to be more well known?

Then welcome to r/shittyaskhistory!


Do you have questions about history that no reliable source can give you? Do you know of some lesser known historical facts that need to be more well known?

Then welcome to r/shittyaskhistory!

Ask about any era of history and get answers from shitty historians! Submit historical corrections and get feedback from your peers!

"Did Blackbeard really wear burning brands in his beard?" is a good question; "What items were worn in some other famous beards? Also a good question.

Photos of the contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets: good submission. Contents from the pockets linking to as yet undiscovered historical realization? Even better!

The wearing of pith helmets is strongly encouraged.


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1

I just learned about the spitting wars of 1286. Why did people take so long to progress to eye poking wars?

0 Comments
2024/02/17
18:18 UTC

0

Why were the Native Americans historically against diversity and inclusion?

Diversity is our strength.

1 Comment
2024/02/17
11:31 UTC

8

How come the National Mall doesn't have a JC Penney?

4 Comments
2024/02/06
04:31 UTC

15

Why didn't Anime characters help the Japanese during WWII?

4 Comments
2024/02/02
18:44 UTC

6

Why hasn’t John Doe revealed how he managed to come back to life after dying so many times?

3 Comments
2024/01/26
23:54 UTC

0

Could ww1 or ww2 soldiers have been zoophiles as they might have missed they're partner

And did the deed with an animal?

2 Comments
2024/01/25
16:54 UTC

7

What if holy roman emperor francis II listened to ram ranch

Read more

2 Comments
2024/01/23
08:35 UTC

7

What was the best and worst thing about each era in history based on quality of life?

I’m looking for an answer that looks something like this:

Ancient Era: (insert best trait, insert worst)

Medieval Era: (insert best, insert worst)

Early Renaissance: (insert best, worst)

Late Renaissance (1600s): insert best, worst

Early contemporary (1700s & early 1800s): insert best, worst

Late 1800s: insert best, worst

Early 1900s: insert best, worst

Late 1900s: insert best, worst

20th century: insert best, worst

21st century: insert best worst

6 Comments
2024/01/22
01:43 UTC

8

Who was in a relationship with Pangea before her breakup? Why did they breakup?

3 Comments
2024/01/19
14:54 UTC

9

What historical figure was most likely actually somebody sent back from the future, who successfully averted some horrific catastrophe that never will occur in our timeline?

4 Comments
2024/01/19
13:57 UTC

9

How and why did the Cinncinati Reds win the Russian Civil war?

1 Comment
2024/01/16
11:26 UTC

3

Who the fuck is 'alan'

And why did he have an entire culture named after him

6 Comments
2024/01/16
08:32 UTC

3

Do you think the New World has been less Xenomorhpic than the Old?

2 Comments
2024/01/14
16:37 UTC

8

If science still hasn't even invented time travel yet today, then how was Charles Darwin like 200 years ago able to go back millions of years and breed apes?

This obvious paradox makes me think the whole thing is a hoax.

0 Comments
2024/01/14
15:48 UTC

20

How did the Franks tell each other apart if they all had the same name?

There are two dudes named Gary in my psych class this semester and every time you call one, the other looks too. I can't imagine a whole country's worth of this shit. Naming everyone Frank? Stupid ass idea.

2 Comments
2024/01/14
15:38 UTC

27

If the capital of Pakistan is Islamabad, then where is Islamagood?

6 Comments
2024/01/14
01:33 UTC

5

Why is Bill Clinton holding two fingers extended like that in his presidential portrait in the National Portrait Gallery?

5 Comments
2024/01/07
04:43 UTC

4

On January 1, 1776, George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag at Prospect Hill. Does the hill get its name because it was discovered by a guy who made whistling sounds whenever saying a word with the letter "s" in it?

0 Comments
2023/12/31
23:54 UTC

4

Was Napoleon's pp small too?

is that why they called him boner-part?

1 Comment
2023/12/29
20:13 UTC

9

How was Indiana Jones' upbringing? did he grow up in Indiana? or Jones town?

4 Comments
2023/12/26
08:40 UTC

10

What was clubbing culture like in the Habsburg Holy Roman Empire?

I saw Amadeus again and there was a scene were Mozart was partying with his crew.

It also reminded me how Frederick the Great of Prussia was also a bit of a dandy man himself.

So how exactly did nightlife work in the big cities of the late Holy Roman Empire?

Im not talking about way back in the old middle ages, Im talking from Rudolf II to Francis II

2 Comments
2023/12/25
16:22 UTC

9

Who did NORAD used to track on Christmas before Santa's hegemony

3 Comments
2023/12/25
13:11 UTC

3

When (and why) did that blue part of Africa separate from Mumbambu?

I'm sure many of us remember the U.S. State Department's mistaken donation to Andorra in 2008, but that affair was the first time I had learned that the blue area was no longer territory of the country of Mumbambu.

When did that area become its own country? Was there a major revolution that America just didn't hear about or something? Also, is that country the "Norway" that the State Department was double-checking sending financial aid to?

0 Comments
2023/12/18
04:58 UTC

28

Why do some places still ban Pot? Didn’t Pol Pot die in the 90s? Why keep banning him?

6 Comments
2023/12/17
22:46 UTC

4

Who was history's first "Darwin Award?"

I nominate this guy, if this theory is true. The terracotta army guy.

Qin Shi Huang was China's first emperor and the first man to singlehandedly rule over the seven kingdoms that he’d conquered. But Huang wasn’t resting easy—he was absolutely obsessed with his quest for immortality. Huang spent the last decade of his life badgering every medicine man in China to invent an elixir for immortality.

One of his browbeaten alchemists finally convinced Huang he’d found the magic pills, and Huang swallowed the bait with gusto. What that alchemist gave him was poisonous mercury, and Huang perished shortly afterward.

1 Comment
2023/12/12
05:08 UTC

6

Why did it take them like 400 years to come up with the idea of digging the Panama canal? It seems obvious in retrospect.

9 Comments
2023/12/10
23:37 UTC

16

Why didn't poor people in the Gilded Age just pull themselves up by their bootstraps?

7 Comments
2023/12/09
18:37 UTC

28

How much, on average, were software engineers paid in the Middle Ages?

6 Comments
2023/12/06
02:24 UTC

23

Why didn't Hitler just use the dragon balls to wish he won the war?

10 Comments
2023/12/03
22:51 UTC

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