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  • (#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.


  • (#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.


  • (#2) Medieval Miners Thought The Element Cobalt Was The Work Of Goblins

    From Redditor u/Yorkshire_Bjorn:

    TIL that the element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them.


  • (#3) A Moment Is Actually A Set Amount Of Time

    From Redditor u/AReallyBadChemist

    TIL A moment was a medieval measurement of time and corresponded to 90 seconds.


  • (#8) The North Pole Was A Complete Mystery To Medieval Cartographers

    From Redditor u/I_Do_Not_Abbreviate

    TIL late medieval and early modern European cartographers believed that compasses consistently pointed North because there was a massive, perfectly circular island made of naturally-magnetic black rock at the North Pole.


  • (#5) Medieval People Entertained Themselves With 'Cat Burning'

    From Redditor u/el_muerte28

    TIL about Cat Burning, a form of entertainment in medieval Europe. It involved such "amusement" ranging from putting cats in a bag and throwing them into a bonfire to setting them ablaze and chasing them through the streets.


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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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