Unusual history

Published 9:14 am Friday, August 25, 2023

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During World War II, a Great Dane named Juliana was awarded the Blue Cross Medal. She extinguished an incendiary bomb by peeing on it!

Alexander the Great was accidentally buried alive. Scientists believe Alexander suffered from a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. They think that when he died, he was actually just paralyzed and mentally aware!

There were female gladiators in Ancient Rome! A female gladiator was called a gladiatrix (plural gladiatrices). They were scarce, unlike their male counterparts.

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The world’s most successful pirate in history was a lady named Ching Shih. She was a prostitute in China until the Commander of the Red Flag Fleet bought and married her. But her husband considered her his equal, and she became an active pirate commander in the fleet.

The actual “The Avengers” was a group of Jewish assassins who hunted Nazi war criminals after World War II. They poisoned 2,283 German prisoners of war!

From 1912 to 1948, the Olympic Games held competitions in the fine arts. Medals were given for literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, and music. Obviously, the art created was required to be Olympic-themed.

Famous conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte was once attacked by a horde of bunnies! He had requested that a rabbit hunt be arranged for himself and his men. The bunnies charged toward Bonaparte and his men in an unstoppable onslaught when the rabbits were released from their cages.

Cleopatra wasn’t actually Egyptian! As historians can tell, Egypt’s famous femme fatale was truly Greek! She was a descendant of Alexander the Great’s Macedonian general Ptolemy.

Abraham Lincoln is in the wrestling hall of fame? The 6’4″ president had only one loss among his around 300 contests. He earned a reputation for this in New Salem, Ill., as an elite fighter.

George Washington opened a whiskey distillery after his presidency. After his term, Washington opened a whiskey distillery. By 1799, Washington’s distillery was the largest in the country, producing 11,000 gallons of un-aged whiskey!

During the Salem witch trials, the accused witches weren’t actually burned at the stake. The majority were jailed, and some were hanged. But none of the 2,000 people accused ever got burned alive.