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kwint1 wrote:-King Richard the first was probably a homosexual and actually had a relationship with his wife's brother


Aka Richard the Lionhearted, who sold off most of England's territories to pay for the Crusades, marched off, promptly ended up captured, and had to be rescued by paying what became known as a "King's ransom".
(Thus leading to all those taxes Robin Hood had to rescue the peasants from.)

Some of the BBC series with Oxford-educated ex-Python history expert Terry Jones are rich mines for neat History Trivia in the area the OP is looking for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYLXlbE6Ly4

A few US items off the top of my head:
- The Baby Ruth bar was not named after famous baseball players, but for the mania over Grover Cleveland's daughter.
- The tea that was dumped in the Boston Tea Party was to have been sold at a surplus discount, and even with the tax, would have been cheaper than you could normally have gotten it any other time of the year. However, that would have spoiled the boycott against British goods at the time, not to mention would have hurt John Hancock's successful black-market trade.
- Nixon was vacationing at the new Disney World in the 70's, but when Watergate troubles required a press conference, he televised from the Contemporary Resort to declare "I'm not a crook".
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Cat urine was used as teeth whitening
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Tesla is actually a person.

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Cat urine was used as teeth whitening



TERRIBLE TOILETS

25. Human poo mixed with honey was used by Tudor dentists to remove rotten teeth. 26 Romans gargled human urine as a form of mouthwash to freshen their breath.

27. They also sat together on communal toilets and wiped their bottoms with a sponge on a stick, which was handed around between strangers.

28. At the Siege of Chateau Gaillard in 1203, some soldiers snuck into the castle by climbing up through the toilet chute.

29. German theologian Martin Luther had such bad constipation that he wrote letters to his friends describing his bowel movements.

30. The Incans washed their hair and shaved their legs in a shampoo made of human wee.

31. Alchemists in the Middle Ages believed they could make gold from horse poo mixed with 200 rotten chicken eggs and some vinegar.

32. Egyptian medicine used 16 different types of poo in its ingredients, including fly droppings, crocodile dung, and human waste. A cure for a burn was to smear the skin in manure.

AWFUL ANIMALS

33. Incans used to sacrifice hundreds of llamas every month to their gods. They used the llama toenail clippings to make bracelets.

34. Greased goose-grabbing was a bizarre Georgian sport where people rode quickly on horseback and tried to rip the head off a live, greased-up goose hung upside down from a tree.

35. In the Georgian era, the Highland Games had an event that involved a competition to rip the four legs off a dead cow. The winner won a fat sheep as a prize.

36. Before Romans went into battle they would consult sacred chickens to see if the gods were on their side – if the chickens ate food, it was a good day for battle. They also looked for clues about the future in sheep livers.

37. During the Middle Ages, German crusader Emicho of the Rhineland allowed his army to follow a Holy Goat and a Holy Goose hoping the animals would lead to the Holy Land; they didn’t.

38. At the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BC, the Persians held up live cats, and pictures of cats, to stop Egyptians from shooting arrows. Cats were sacred to Egyptians, who didn’t dare hurt them.

39. Tudor con artists sold to customers live chickens that looked plump and juicy, but actually they had sewn up the chicken bottoms so they were just filled with poo.


Some more for you from a show ^ xD
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-05-27/horrible-histories-40-horrible-facts
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Miami Heat won their very first championship series during 2005 - 2006 season.
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Benjamin Franklin proposed a turkey be used on the Presidential Seal rather than the bald eagle.


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-Vikings in fact did not adorn their helmets with horns
-Too many people were committing suicide in order to reach the promised land early, so the church altered the bible to make suicide a sin
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Babylonians once believed that the soul resided in the liver and that the stomach was the source of a person's cunning, a distinct portion of the soul.

Physicians devised many ways to see if a person was actually dead. Methods included the thrusting of hot pokers up the rear passage, sticking sharp pencils up the nose, cutting the soles of the feet with razors, giving tobacco enemas, screaming into a person's ear, using special nipple pincers, applying hot wax to the forehead, and much more.

Animal dung was once used to coax women's wombs back into their bodies after childbirth.

Some microorganisms will disintegrate when in the same environment as a stronger microorganism of the same species. It is not for lack of nutrients or any other observable reason. They just seem to destroy themselves because there's a superior specimen around.

Humans are among the best long-distance runners in the world. Cheetahs are much faster and horses are known for their speed as well, but human athletes have more stamina and run for longer than most other mammals.

Fresh spider silk makes a good bandage. It is clean, strong, and breathable.

Religious folks used to believe that dissecting a body after death would cause the deceased to be unable to reach heaven. Anatomists had to resort to digging up corpses secretly in order to dissect them and learn about human anatomy because they would only be allowed to dissect other animals otherwise.
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Vikings didn't call themselves Vikings. They went out in "Viking", which was basically raiding for the glory of their Gods.

Source - Heimskringla, a Book written by a "Viking".
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The WCW & ECW invasion over WWF happened around 2001.
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Native Americans were very advanced in Astrology.


So are hello Magazine and Cosmopolitan

Onto topic
-The word thug derives from the Indian word thuggee
-The British armed forces were the first to have rifles regiments in with the 95th rifles in 1800 using the Baker rifle
-Until 1960 it was a legal requirement for every Englishmen to keep and practise with a longbow
-In the UK It is illegal to operate a cow while drunk due to the Licensing Act of 1872
-Since 1313, Members of Parliament (MPs) are not allowed to wear armour in Parliament.
-The recently elected Member of Parliament Mari Black is the youngest member of parliament since 1667
-Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine
-Queen Victoria was given cannabis relieve period pain
-Japan's Tentacle erotica stretches back into the early 19th century with examples such as The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife
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The American national anthem is a song about a battle that was lost and written by a POW.
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anzn wrote:Did you know he also suffered from constipation?
No wonder he seemed angry all of the time.


It's the reason that on most paintings and statues you see of him he has one hand inside his jacket.
Indicating he had a chronic stomach ache.


Actually, the hand-in-jacket pose had been in use for decades before Napoleon. It was to indicate leadership in a clam and firm manner, show the poser's good breeding and originated from Classical Greece. It did not have anything to do with illness.
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When American civil war started Confederate General Robert E Lee didn't own any slaves but Union General Grant did.
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Speaking of Grant:
Q: If "you get your picture on the money for being a great president" ("Which is why they should put Reagan on the $20, instead of Hamilton, who wasn't president!"), then what is Grant, considered one of the 5 worst US presidents, doing on the $50, and Jackson, who's in the lower tier, doing on the $10?
A: Apart from Lincoln and Washington, you don't get put on the paper bills for being "great"--You get your picture on the bill for some lasting historical contribution to the Treasury or banking system.
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