More strange but true...

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, under ,

Here are some more amazing but true facts...

  • During the Medieval Crusades, transporting bodies off the battlefield for burial was a major problem, this was solved by carrying a huge cauldron into the Holy wars, boiling down the bodies, and taking only the bones with them.

  • The word 'denim' comes from 'de Nimes', Nimes being the town the fabric was originally produced.

  • It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza consists of 2,300,000 blocks each weighing 2.5 tons.

  • The Emperor Caligula once decided to go to war with the Roman God of the sea, Poseidon, and ordered his soldiers to throw their spears into the water at random.

  • In 1726, at only 7 years old, Charles Sauson inherited the post of official executioner.

  • Sir Winston Churchill rationed himself to 15 cigars a day.

  • Though it is forbidden by the Government, many Indians still adhere to the caste system which says that it is a defilement for even the shadow of a person from a lowly caste to fall on a Brahman ( a member of the highest priestly caste).

  • In parts of Malaya, the women keep harems of men.

  • The childrens' nursery rhyme 'Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses' actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.

  • While at Havard, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating in a Spanish exam.

  • During the reign of Elizabeth I, there was a tax put on men's beards.

  • Idi Amin, one of the most ruthless tyrants in the world, before coming to power, served in the British Army.

  • Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.

  • It is illegal to play tennis in the streets of Cambridge.

  • Custer was the youngest General in US history, he was promoted at the age of 23.
    The American pilot Charles Lindbergh received the Service Cross of the German Eagle form Hermann Goering in 1938.

  • The active ingredient in Chinese Bird's nest soup is saliva.

  • Marie Currie, who twice won the Nobel Prize, and discovered radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was a woman.

  • It was quite common for the men of Ancient Greece to exercise in public .. naked.

  • John Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, had a payphone in his mansion.

  • Iceland is the world's oldest functioning democracy.

  • Adolf Eichmann (responsible for countless Jewish deaths during World war II), was originally a travelling salesman for the Vacuum Oil Co. of Austria.

  • The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • The Matami Tribe of West Africa play a version of football, the only difference being that they use a human skull instead of a more normal ball.

  • John Winthrop introduced the fork to the American dinner table for the first time on 25 June 1630.

  • Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Bristol, England on 3 February 1821, was the first woman in America to gain an M.D. degree.

  • Abraham Lincoln was shot with a Derringer.

  • The great Russian leader, Lenin died 21 January 1924, suffering from a degenerative brain disorder. At the time of his death his brain was a quarter of its normal size.

  • When shipped to the US, the London bridge ( thought by the new owner to be the more famous Tower Bridge ) was classified by US customs to be a 'large antique'.

  • Sir Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' cloakroom after his mother went into labour during a dance at Blenheim Palace.

  • In 1849, David Atchison became President of the United States for just one day, and he spent most of the day sleeping.

  • Between the two World War's, France was controlled by forty different governments.The 'Crystal Palace' at the Great Exhibition of 1851, contained 92 900 square metres of glass.

  • It was the custom in Ancient Rome for the men to place their right hand on their testicles when taking an oath. The modern term 'testimony' is derived from this tradition.

  • Sir Winston Churchill's mother was descended from a Red Indian.
    The study of stupidity is called 'monology'.

  • Hindu men believe(d) it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marring a tree first. The tree ( his third wife ) was then burnt, freeing him to marry again.

  • The Ecuadorian poet, José Olmedo, has a statue in his honour in his home country. But, unable to commission a sculptor, due to limited funds, the government brought a second-hand statue ... Of the English poet Lord Byron.

  • More money is spent each year on alcohol and cigarettes than on Life insurance.In 1911 3 men were hung for the murder of Sir Edmund Berry at Greenbury Hill, their last names were Green, Berry , and Hill.

  • A firm in Britain sold fall-out shelters for pets.

  • During the seventeen century , the Sultan of Turkey ordered his entire harem of women drowned, and replace with a new one.

  • Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee'. His reply …' if you were my wife, I would drink it ! '

  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.

  • On 9 February 1942, soap rationing began in Britain.

  • Paul Revere was a dentist. The Budget speech on April 17 1956 saw the introduction of Premium Savings Bonds into Britain. The machine which picks the winning numbers is called "Ernie", an abbreviation, which stands for' electronic random number indicator equipment'.

  • Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.

  • The Russian mystic, Rasputin, was the victim of a series of murder attempts on this day in 1916. The assassins poisoned, shot and stabbed him in quick succession, but they found they were unable to finish him off. Rasputin finally succumbed to the ice-cold waters of a river.

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie, the leader of the Jacobite rebellion to depose of George II of England, was born 31 December 1720. Considered a great Scottish hero, he spent his final years as a drunkard in Rome.

  • The Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was born of the 29th December 1809. Apparently, as a result of his strong Puritan impulses, Gladstone kept a selection of whips in his cellar with which he regularly chastised himself.

  • A parthenophobic has a fear of virgins.

  • South American gauchos were known to put raw steak under their saddles before starting a day's riding, in order to tenderise the meat.

  • There are 240 white dots in a Pacman arcade game.

  • In 1939 the US political party 'The American Nazi Party' had 200,000 members.

  • King Solomon of Israel had about 700 wives as well as hundreds of mistresses.Urine was once used to wash clothes.

  • North American Indian, Sitting Bull, died on 15 December 1890. His bones were laid to rest in North Dakota, but a business group wanted him moved to a 'more natural' site in South Dakota. Their campaign was rejected so they stole the bones, and they now reside in Sitting Bull Park, South Dakota.

  • St Nicholas, the original Father Christmas, is the patron saint of thieves, virgins and communist Russia.

  • Dublin is home of the Fairy Investigation Society.
    Fourteen million people were killed in World War I, twenty million died in a flu epidemic in the years that followed.

  • People in Siberia often buy milk frozen on a stick.

  • Princess Ann was the only competitor at the 1976 Montreal Olympics that did not have to undergo a sex test.

  • Ethelred the Unready, King of England in the Tenth-century, spent his wedding night in bed with his wife and his mother-in-law.

  • Coffins which are due for cremation are usually made with plastic handles.

  • Blackbird, who was the chief of Omaha Indians, was buried sitting on his favourite horse.
    The two highest IQ's ever recorded (on a standard test) both belong to women.

  • The Tory Prime Minister, Benjamin Disreali, was born 21 December 1804. He was noted for his oratory and had a number of memorable exchanges in the House with his great rival William Gladstone. Asked what the difference between a calamity and a misfortune was Disreali replied: 'If Gladstone fell into the Thames it would be a misfortune, but if someone pulled him out again, it would be a calamity'.

  • The Imperial Throne of Japan has been occupied by the same family for the last thirteen hundred years.

  • In the seventeenth-century a Boston man was sentenced to two hours in the stocks for obscene behaviour, his crime, kissing his wife in a public place on a Sunday.

  • President Kaunda of Zambia once threatened to resign if his fellow countrymen didn't stop drinking so much alcohol.

  • Due to staggering inflation in the 1920's, 4,000,000,000,000,000,000 German marks were worth 1 US dollar.

  • George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

  • Gorgias of Epirus was born during preparation of his mothers funeral.
    The city of New York contains a district called 'Hell's Kitchen'.

  • The city of Hiroshima left the Industrial Promotion Centre standing as a monument the atomic bombing.

  • On 7 January 1904 the distress call 'CQD' was introduced. 'CQ' stood for 'Seek You' and 'D' for 'Danger'. This lasted only until 1906 when it was replaced with 'SOS'.

  • A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.

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