Yahtzee!

The popular dice game “Yahtzee” was originally called “Yacht Game” by the Canadian couple who invented the game to play with friends aboard their yacht.

The Russian Famine of 1601-1603

In 1601 through 1603, Russia experienced one of the worst famines imaginable. Around 2 million people, which was at the time over two thirds of the population,  starved to death.

Europe’s oldest known civilization?

While discussing ancient civilizations, many people think of Babylon, the Assyrians or Egyptians. One civilization that possibly predates them all is the Cucuteni-Trypillian civilization, which was located in parts of the modern day Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

The shortest war in history

On August 25, 1896, the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate got in a fight over who should be the next sultan. The fight ended up becoming a war – which lasted around 38 minutes.