Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, stormed out of a lecture given to college students after being told his interpretation of his own book was wrong.
King Otto of Bavaria – who ‘ruled’ from 1886 to 1913, and was quite mad – exercised his right to shoot one peasant every day. Luckily for Bavaria’s peasants, his attendants gave him pistols loaded with blanks and dressed up as peasants, playing dead whenever he ‘shot’ them.
Polish painter, Rafał Bujnowski, painted a photo-realistic self-portrait in black and white, had it photographed and enclosed the picture as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. Eventually, the artist received a passport with a replica of his own painting.
In ancient Phoenician Sardinia, whenever elderly people were no longer able to support themselves, they were given a neurotoxic plant called “sardonic herb” and thrown off of a cliff. It is the source of the term “sardonic grin” because of the facial expression the plant caused following death.
The song “Mambo No. 5″ was initially chosen for 2000′s Democratic National Convention, but this idea was scrapped due to the line “A little bit of Monica in my life.”
To preserve the harvest, Mao Zedong had all sparrows killed (along with rats, flies and mosquitoes) because they ate grain. The result was an ecological disaster that resulted in the birds’ natural prey devouring the harvest.
At a launch site in South Dakota, the entrance to the underground missile launch control center is sealed by a blast-proof door painted like a Domino’s Pizza logo, and hand-lettered text on the door reads “World-wide delivery in 30 minutes or less, or your next one is free”.
A man in Yellowstone has an 800 pound pet grizzly bear named Brutus. Brutus was the best man at his wedding and sits at the table with them at thanksgiving.
Until 1974, it was legal in Texas for a man to kill his wife’s lover if he found them in bed together.
Colonel Saunders disliked what the KFC franchise had done to the food so much that he described it as “the worst fried chicken I’ve ever seen” and called the gravy “wallpaper paste”.
When Teddy Roosevelt was a young child, doctors prescribed him whiskey and cigars to relieve his severe asthma.
Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members. He had a favorite horse, Incatitus, whom he clothed in the finest robes, suitable for the nobility. Caligula gave Incitatus 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger and a jeweled collar. He required that those passing by bow to his horse and demanded that it be fed oats mixed with flex of gold and wine delivered by fine goblets. Often, the invitations were sent from the palace in the horse’s name. Incatitus was allowed to eat dinner at the emperor’s table. Dignitaries were forced to tolerate the horse as a guest of honor at banquets. Also, Caligula attempted to make Incatitus either a senator or a priest before the emperor’s death.
People in the service industry often use codes when speaking about something they don’t want the people around to know about.
These are some of those codes:
“Inspector Sands” – Used in the British subways. If you hear the loudspeaker calling for “Inspector Sands”, it means there is a fire in the control room.
“Time Check, the time is …” – Used in stores. If you hear it over the loudspeaker, it means there could be a bomb in the building.
The King George III was known as “Farmer George” for his love of nature and agriculture. He began ignoring the laws of nature and attempted to plant a steak, perhaps hoping to create a new species of meat-producing tree.