10 Top History Facts

History Pub Quiz

Can you tell your Aztecs from your Egyptians?

As part of our recent partnership with ITV's The Chase, we've been brushing up on our general knowledge.This week we've brought you our top selection of historical trickery to help you get quiz ready!

When you think of the kind of entertainment Adolf Hitler would enjoy, Disney probably doesn't spring to mind. But the dictator was a big fan of Walt's work, though more for its technology than story lines. SOURCE

Pyramids, tombs and incredible jewelry – you could be mistaken for thinking the ancient Egyptians were prone to a spot of opulence. Not so when it comes to bedtime, when they slept on pillows made of stone or wood. SOURCE

It's tough to separate man from myth when it comes to former U.S President George Washington, but here are a few facts to put firmly to bed. His luscious locks were all his own (not a wig as commonly thought). Not so lucky with his dentures, though: he was pained with tooth issues all his life and eventually had them all out. But his falsies weren't made of wood, as often thought, instead they were a mix of bone, ivory and human teeth. SOURCE SOURCE

We have the ancient Maya and Aztecs to thank for inventing chocolate. But they weren't in the habit of tucking into a bar. In fact, for 90% of its history, chocolate was drunk rather than eaten! SOURCE

Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece the Mona Lisa was famously stolen from the Louvre in 1911. But did you know fellow artist Pablo Picasso was, at one time, a prime suspect in the theft? He was soon cleared of the crime. SOURCE

Lord Byron is known for being a bit of a kook, but did you know he kept a bear as a pet while at Cambridge University? Byron bought the oversized furry friend to make a point about Trinity College's rule banning pet dogs. SOURCE

Medicine has a pretty grizzly and gruesome history. But it can also be downright bizarre. The ancient Egyptians would give women a dose of horse saliva to boost their libido – not an obvious choice for getting you in the mood! SOURCE

London landmarks attract millions, from the London Eye to the Houses of Parliament. But did you know Big Ben actually only refers to the bell? The rest is actually called the ClockTower at the Palace of Westminster. SOURCE

Roman emperors poisoned themselves every day. But only a little bit. From the first century AD they started taking a daily dose of poison in a hope to build up their immunity should a scoundrel try and polish them off. SOURCE

World War I wiped out plenty of the young generation of the first decade of the twentieth century. Many young men lied about their age to sign up – the youngest boy to do so was Sidney Lewis, who was just 12 years old. SOURCE