The word ‘honeymoon’ is believed to originate as an ancient Babylonian practice that involved drinking mead, a honey-based alcoholic drink, for a lunar month after a marriage. The first literary reference to the word honeymoon was in 1552 in Richard Huloet’s ‘Abecedarium Anglico Latinum’.
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Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn’t tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together.
“Georgian swimming” is a swimming style where swimmer’s hand and feet are bound together. It was re-discovered in the 60es after a swimming enthusiast decided to fact-check a legend about ancient warriors training by swimming in this manner.
H G Wells was inspired to write War of the Worlds by the plight of the Tasmanian Aborigines.
By the time Wells wrote that book there were no Tasmanian Aboriginals left to have a plight.
The native of Tasmania were victims of one of the most complete genocides in modern history. The last male Tasmanian Aboriginals had his scrotum turned into a tobacco pouch after death and the last female died in 1876. The remains of some of the last to die were put in museums back in England whole or in parts.
More recently the population of Tasmanian Aboriginals has been revived by people who believe themselves to have some aboriginal ancestry who learned or recreated some of the old culture and languages and lobbied to have the definition of aboriginals widened to include them and anyone who self-identifies as such.
North Korea law specifies ‘three generations of punishment’. If you commit a crime, your children and grandchildren will also receive the full brunt of punishment, which often involves a lifetime in prison, also children born in prison are raised as prisoners because their “blood is guilty”.
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies.
The notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart never cursed, never fired his weapon, didn’t ride a horse, and left poems after his crimes.
We know what Napoleon Bonaparte smelled like. He ordered multiple bottles of cologne monthly and spread it on himself with a brush. The cologne is called 4711 and the same recipe is still used today as when Napoleon used it.
Lesotho, officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by another country.
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Oprah Winfrey’s first name was supposed to be Orpah, after Ruth’s sister-in-law in the Bible, but it was misspelled Oprah on her birth certificate. The name stuck.
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