History doesn't have to be dull, as the following facts will show. And it's kind of comforting to know that your ancestors messed up once awhile and did some embarrassing things in the course of writing the human past.
1, Notorious pirate and booty hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, once attacked a ship simply to steal all the crew members' hats. it seems that Hornigold's team had thrown a party one night and, while drunk, managed to lose their hats. What to do? Raid another ship, of course, and steal theirs! That's exactly what they did. Surprisingly, they did no damage to anyone or to the other vessel.
2. The US Pentagon wasn't built that way for defense purposes. In fact, it's not even a regular pentagon. The truth is, it was built that way to fit nicely into the empty lot between between five major roads. But then, for some reason not really known, they had to build the building somewhere else. But since they'd already paid an architect for designing this 5-sided pentagon-shaped building, they went ahead and used the existing design. This is a true fact.
3. The first thing the native Americans said to the Pilgrims when they landed was, "Do you have any beer?" And in perfect English. "By the time the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, European trade routes to North America already existed for generations. Trade diplomats and fishermen traveled extensively to and from Europe." History backs up the fact that Samoset was the first Indian to greet the Pilgrims. Many historians believe it is also true that he requested everyone's favorite frosty brew!
4. Did you know that Napoleon was attacked by a horse of bunnies while out hunting? It may seem rather far-fetched but the story is true. "The emperor had requested that a rabbit hunt be set up for him and his men. Chief of Staff Alexandre Berthier was in charge of setting it up, so he had men capture up to 3,000 rabbits to be released during the hunt. However, When Napoleon started to prowl—accompanied by beaters and gun-bearers—the rabbits were released from their cages. The hunt was on. But something strange happened. The rabbits didn’t scurry in fright. Instead, they bounded toward Napoleon and his men. Hundreds of fuzzy bunnies gunned it for the world’s most powerful man."
5. In 1866, the tiny country of Liechtenstein sent an army of 80 men as their contingent to the Franco-Prussian War. When they came back, however, there were 81 soldiers. Not only didn't they suffer any losses in the fighting, but they made a friend somewhere along the way!
6. Fidel Castro liked to drink and he liked ice cream...a lot! So what did he do? He made a huge ice cream shop that's still functional today. Not only that, he mixed two breeds of cows to make a "super cow' who could stand up to their intense heat and still give lots of milk...the cream being the primary ingredient for ice cream. The cows name? Ubre Blanca.
7. Pythagoras was a cult leader, well sort of. The math genius Pythagoras was a kind o f strange fellow. Around 530 B.C. he and a few of this followers settled in Crotona in South Italy. He set up a series of unique life rules that he and his compadres were to live by; one tenant was that no one was allowed to eat beans. Why? Because Pythagoras had a bean phobia, one that would ultimately kill him. When attackers chased him toward a filed of beans. He refused to enter and was killed instead. Scholars do think that his problem with beans wasn't so much a phobia as it was a belief.
8. Pope Saint Leo once got Attila the Hun to turn around and leave. No one is quite sure how he did it. According to the Catholic Herald, "Leo’s strength of personality was also evident in his confrontations with secular power. In 452 he encountered Attila the Hun near Mantua, and persuaded him not to proceed to the sack of Rome. Again, in 455, he met the Vandal Gaiseric outside the walls of Rome and succeeded in preventing the city’s wholesale destruction."
9. There was a Japanese soldier named Hiro Onoda who didn't realize that WWII was over until 1974! "He was sent to a small island in the Philippines to spy on the American forces. He evaded capture and remained in the jungle to carry out his mission for the next 30 years. His former superior had to come out of retirement to convince him the war was over."
10. The Danish astronomer, alchemist, and "weirdo" Tycho Brahe lost his nose after challenging another scientist to a duel to settle the question once and for all whose mathematical formula was better. Brahe wore a metal prosthetic nose for the remainder of his life. Is it me, or does this sound like it could be an episode of The Big Bang Theory with Sheldon and Leonard as the dueling scientists?
I hope you've enjoyed these hysterical historical facts. Enjoy your day and i hope you'll come back again tomorrow. Until then, I wish everyone