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  • (#12) Why A Baker's Dozen Is 13

    From Redditor u/froyoboyz

    TIL that a bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra.


  • (#6) The Nuremberg Celestial Phenomenon Baffled Medieval Germans

    From Redditor u/WillpowerExertion

    TIL about the 1561 Nuremberg celestial phenomenon: a mass sighting of unidentified flying objects in medieval Germany.


  • (#7) Medieval Dentistry Was Surprisingly Advanced

    From Redditor u/Tokyono

    TIL that medieval dentists knew how to fill cavities, treat facial fractures, could spot oral cancer, and even knew the basics of whitening teeth. Evidence also suggests they knew how to create dentures out of cow bone and human teeth.


  • (#15) Medieval Armies Used Plague-Infected Cadavers As Ammo

    From Redditor u/WeirdBoy_123

    TIL that in medieval times, corpses of sick people were used as catapult ammunition, as a form of biological weapon.


  • (#11) Medieval Scribes Were Creative In The Margins

    From Redditor u/Tokyono

    TIL: Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from “As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe,” to “Oh, my hand,” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!"


  • (#9) The Reason British Pubs Have Such Weird Names

    From Redditor u/Long-Afternoon

    TIL that the reason that pubs in England have such weird names goes back to medieval times, when most people were illiterate, but could recognize symbols. This is why they have names like Boot and Castle, or Fox and Hound.


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The Middle Ages is considered to be one of the darkest periods in European history. Frequent wars, the imprisonment of the Catholic Church, the stagnant development of technology and productivity, and diseases are all causes of many problems. But the Middle Ages is also a very interesting historical period, and most people don't know enough about it.

This is a period of relatively slow development in the history of European civilization, and society and minds were accelerating the transformation. In fact, there are many disputes about the Middle Ages. The random tool explains 15 interesting facts about the Middle Ages that most people did not know.

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