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Due to the Taliban dynamiting two famous 4th century giant statues of Buddha for their status as idols, excavators of the site discovered a cave network filled with 5th-9th century artwork and another, previously unknown giant statue of Buddha within

Scientists recreated a 9th century onion and garlic eye remedy from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, and found that it killed 90% of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (MRSA).

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  1. When the Vikings made it to Constantinople during the 9th century AD, some of them carved their names in runic inscriptions inside Hagia Sophia - still visible to this day.

  2. The stimulating effects of coffee were first observed in the 9th century by goat herders who noticed their goats started 'dancing' after eating coffee berries.

  3. In the 9th century Chinese alchemists in search of the elixir of life created a mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. Ironically, short of a path to immortality, they had discovered gunpowder.

  4. Archaeologists had found a ring inside a 9th century Viking grave that is inscribed with the phrase 'for Allah'.

  5. In 1972, in York, England archaeologists discovered the largest piece of fossilized human feces ever found. The dung measured 7 inches long and 2 inches wide and was created by a Viking in the 9th century who's diet consisted of meat and bread and was riddled with intestinal worms.

  6. Women taking on their husband's surname began in the 9th century when women did not have legal identity and therefore took on the husband's name to be legally covered by his identity.

  7. Some 9th century Scottish nuns literally cut off their noses and upper lips in order to make themselves too grotesque for invading Viking pirates to plunder (rape) them.

  8. During the 9th century AD, two Vikings graffitied their names in the runes of Hagia Sophia. These carvings have survived since the Byzantium era, and are still viewable in modern-day Istanbul.

  9. A stele (inscribed stone) was found in northern Israel that boasts of the author's victories over the "House of David". It likely dates back to 9th century BCE, making it the earliest known reference to King David.

  10. The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment.

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In 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found in a Himalayan lake. Studies determined it to be the King of Kanauj and his entourage who had been struck by a massive hailstorm in the 9th century.

Shiraz wine has been produced in Shiraz, Iran since the 9th century. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution there were 300 wineries in Iran, now there are none. - source

In 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found around an obscure high altitude lake in India. The skeletons were the remains of a 9th century AD party killed by a freak hail storm. - source

Gunpowder was invented in the 9th century by Chinese alchemists who were (ironically) searching for an elixir for immortality.

A 9th-century pope was exhumed from his grave and put on trial for abuse of power. He lost the case. - source

Sigurd Eysteinsson was a Viking leader of the 9th century. In 890, when he began the conquest of Scotland, he killed and decapitated a Scottish leader before hanging his head to his saddle. A tooth scratches Sigurd's leg, the wound became infected and Sigurd "The Mighty One" died soon after

In the movie "Seven Years in Tibet," the entire village sticking their tongue out at Brad Pit is based on an actual and polite greeting, derived from showing you're not the reincarnation of 9th century Tibetan king, Lang Darma, who was considered evil and had a black tongue.

Al-Jahiz was a 9th century scientist who is responsible for introducing the concept of food chains.

The first degree-granting university was founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihri, in 9th Century Africa.

The Arabian Sea is named after the Arabian merchants who dominated the sea from the 9th century to the late medieval period of history.

The descendants of the region of Normandy are Vikings. In the 9th century, Viking jarl Rollo took northern France and would go onto enter into vassalage to King Charles the Simple. Rollo legally gained the territory and called it "Normandy" to reflect his Viking heritage.

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About the Banu Musa, a 9th century family of scholars and inventors. They wrote the Book of Ingenious Devices and it compiled 100 different mechanical inventions, some were chronicles of ancient machines like from Archimedes time.

There is a legend that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in the 9th century in Ethiopia. He found that his goats were acting crazy after eating the coffee berries.

There were 170 viking swords with "ULFBEHRT" inscribed on them dating back to 9th century, possibly being some of the oldest recorded instances of both branding and trademark infringement

Archaeologists have discovered a 9th century Viking ring inscribed with the words "For Allah."

When Iceland was populated in the 9th century, the men were predominantly from Scandinavia (80 %) but the females were mostly from the british Isles (62 %).

An analysis of a 9th century engraved silver ring from Sweden has revealed evidence of close contacts between Viking Age Scandinavians and the Islamic world. The ring is set with a piece of imported coloured glass that is inscribed with Arabic writing that reads "For/To Allah".

Rooster weathervanes became common by 9th Century papal decree. Pope Nicholas I (858-867) ordered steeples to be adorned with rooster weathervanes as a Biblical reminder of betrayal.

In the 9th century it was decreed by Pope Nicholas I that churches must have the rooster on their steeples or domes in recognition of the prophecy of Christ that Peter would betray him. In the prophecy Peter denied Christ three times before the rooster crowed.

The earliest known description of a music box comes all the way from the 9th century

There is an Icelandic breed of chicken that has been on the island since introduction by Norse settlers in the 9th century.

9th century Viking rulers in modern-day Russia had the title "Kagan", which means "Khan of Khans".

There is 9th century Viking graffiti in the Hagia Sophia in modern-day Turkey

Cycads were used for the production of flour in the 9th century in India.

Petroleum oil was first distilled by the Persian alchemist Muhammad ibn Zakarīya (Rhazes) in the 9th century, producing chemicals such as kerosene.

Cahokia, a 9th-14th century native city near present-day St. Louis, Missouri that had 40k people at its peak. It was abandoned for unknown reasons sometime in the 1300s, spawning many of the Plains nomadic tribes later encountered by Europeans.

An 9th century Irish monk wrote a poem about his cat

There is a primary source account of 9th century Emperor Nikephoros enlisting aid from people with a knowledge of magic to help quell a riot, and two centuries later, Emperor Constantine IX enlisting the help of wizards to rid his forests of the wild animals which were killing off his livestock.

The mysterious medieval Christian poem "Muspilli". Its Old German text exists in one copy, scrawled all over a 9th century manuscript. Although "Muspilli" is a contextually important word, no one knows what it means.

Alfred Buckham, a British aerial photographer from the early 20th century, who would tie himself to his plane to get his spectacular photos and who crashed 8 times unscathed before a 9th caused doctors to remove his voicebox.

The Cholas(Rulers of South India in the 9th century ) democratically elected their local representatives through an electoral system. The process is described by a constitution engraved on the walls of the Uthiramerur temple.

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