Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Believe me

The Anglo-Saxons believed Friday to be such an unlucky day that they ritually slaughtered any child unfortunate enough to be born on that day.

The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years.

When George I became King of England in 1714, his wife did not become Queen. He placed her under house arrest for 32 years.

Henry VII was the only British King to be crowned on the battlefield.

Richard II died aged 33 in 1400. A hole was left in the side of his tomb so people could touch his royal head, but 376 years later some took advantage of this and stole his jawbone.

Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except for the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.

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

One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 meter diameter, half tonne cheese.

Queen Victoria was one of the first women ever to use chloroform to combat pain during childbirth.

The British did not release the body of Napoleon Bonaparte to the French until twenty days after his death.

The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.

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.

Peter the Great had the head of his wife's lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then ordered to be placed by her bed .

Between the two World Wars, France was controlled by forty different governments.

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

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

During the seventeenth century, the Sultan of Turkey ordered his entire harem of women drowned, and replaced with a new one.

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

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