Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, as Redditor UltimateCockSlayer demonstrated today with a must-read thread. But before diving in, let's take a moment to recognize the hilarity of that username:
So thanks to UltimateCockSlayer, people recounted some of the most outrageous historical events that sound fictional, but really happened. Um, why weren't any of these mentioned in my high school history classes? Maybe if the curriculum covered them, I'd be able to recall something about the War of 1812 or the Byzantine Empire today.