stumbling on irony

For me, stumbleupon.com offered me more than usual today. I stumbled onto a page of random historical facts that really made me think. The amount of irony that these facts displayed was overwhelming. I’ll mention a few of them.

First: we’ll start with a simple one that you may have heard before. The Hundred Years War actually lasted 116 years. Weird, right?

Second: St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was not Irish. I’ll get to this tomorrow further… (hint hint)

Third: When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him because the nurse who was at his side didn’t speak German. — To think that one of the greatest thinkers of all time might have had something amazing to say on his deathbed went to waste is mildly depressing.

Fourth: (this is my favorite, craziness!) On April 15th 1912, The Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and over 1,500 people died. Fourteen years earlier, a novel was written by Morgan Robertson which seemed to fortell the disaster. The book described a ship the same size as the Titanic which crashes into an iceberg on it’s maiden voyage on a misty April night. The name of Robertson’s fictional ship was the Titan.  — I seriously cannot get over this. So of course, I want to read it. I looked it up but it was never published because “each time it was rejected by editors, who told him that the story was unbelievable.”

Fifth: Some Eskimos have been known to store food in refrigerators in order to keep it from freezing.

Sixth: More money is spent each year on alcohol and cigarettes than on life insurance. — that explains itself.

And this isn’t irony: it’s just plain weird. In ancient Peru, when a woman dug up an “ugly” potato, it was custom to smash it into the face of the nearest man.

Hope you learned something  🙂

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About Christina Moore

Originally from Portland, Maine, I now live in Chicago and work with extraordinary nonprofit organizations to help them champion their individual causes. My heart is in the 207, and my feet are on the ground in the 312. Enjoy readmoore!
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