Wait, WHEN was Nintendo founded?
19 crazy simultaneous events that will change your concept of history.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and usually, that's not really true. Truth is kind of boring, actually! But in some cases, truth really is stranger than fiction. For example, did you know that there are cities in the United States that were founded while Shakespeare was still alive? Or that the first patent for a fax machine was filed way, way earlier than you think? (We swear...it's wild.) Which one do you think is older, the Brooklyn Bridge or London's Tower Bridge? You might be surprised at the answer. What these historical coincidences make clear is that the past is a vast, unknowable thing that we have only the merest glimpses into from books, photographs, and other historical objects. We will never know exactly what happened in the past, but each new piece of information shifts our perception of the world and our place in it. Whether it's an unbelievable chance meeting or the realization that humans haven't been around all that long, these crazy history facts are going to rock your world. Take a look through this list to find out some of the strangest coincidences to have ever happened in all of history.