There’s a difference between looking at the past through rose-tinted lenses and dryly poking fun at human folly, and we don’t wear glasses. Human history (and present) is filled with gruesome power struggles, executions, genocide, famine, disease, and every other sort of suffering imaginable. Here are thirty-nine history memes that make our distant past seem a lot closer:

Thanks to Tumblr's history nerds for being our comic relief. If you enjoyed this gallery of hilarious history memes, check out history's best comebacks and museum snapchats that capture the true meaning of art!

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