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46 1001 Hideous History Facts The longest year on record was 46BC – the year Julius Caesar introduced his new calendar. As well as adding two extra months, he had to create 23 additional days in February to make up the difference from the previous Egyptian calendar. So 46BC had 455 days rather than the usual 365! Scythian soldiers had to collect the scalps of people they killed. The scalps were a form of receipt – in exchange for each one they would win a share of the loot after a battle. A soldier with enough scalps could even make a nice cloak from them – very snug!
Monks burned it to the ground in AD391. They thought it was a dangerous centre of paganism. 61 62 1001 Hideous History Facts The female scholar Hypatia was murdered in AD415 by a group of crazed monks, who sliced her body into pieces with oyster shells. One complicated Roman dish involved stuffing a chicken inside a duck, the duck inside a goose, the goose inside a pig, the pig inside a cow, then cooking the whole thing together! It is said that Attila the Hun (who ruled the Hun kingdom between AD434–453) enjoyed the taste of raw flesh and human blood.
Attila the Hun murdered his wife’s brothers. What a nice couple... Bald Romans made a paste from mashed up flies and spread it over their heads to encourage hair growth. The fearless warrior Attila the Hun died in AD453 after getting a nosebleed on his wedding night to his new bride. In AD455, the Vandals sacked Rome with such ferocity that the word vandalism came to mean ‘senseless destruction’. St Simeon Stylites of Syria lived alone on top of a pillar for 37 years. He was a popular attraction for many pilgrims and sightseers, even though he just wanted to be alone!
1001 Hideous History Facts: Delve into the depths of our despicable past! by Alex Woolf