Andrew Johnson was drunk when he took the vice-presidential oath of office (1865).
After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.
Li’l fascist: Benito Mussolini was expelled from school for stabbing another kid in the buttocks.
She said, he said? Before year 1000, the word “she” didn’t exist in the English language.
The most flowers sold in one day in U.S. history was the day after Elvis Presley died in 1977.
Cost to decorate a Christmas tree with electric lights in 1899: $300.
Gorgias of Epirus (3rd century BC), a Greek sophist, was born in his dead mother’s coffin! Pallbearers heard him crying out as they carried his mother’s coffin to the grave.
In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.
The last time a cavalry charge was used in war was in the Second World War. A mongolian cavalry division charged against a German infantry division – the result? Not one German was killed and 2,000 of the cavalry were.
Romans invented the Lollypop.