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 🙂