Saddam Hussein’s family were such big fans of the movie Scarface that they named their trust fund “Montana Management” after the lead character’s money laundering front. It held a 2% ownership in magazines such as Elle and Woman’s Day.
Saddam Hussein once pranked his guests by adding tabasco to koftas he cooked for them- some of the panicked guests initially fearing that the paranoid dictator had poisoned them.
Saddam Hussein’s campaign song in the 2002 presidential election was “I Will Always Love You.” Hussein won 100% percent of the vote, besting Stalin’s mark of 99.95.
Whitney Houston’s song ‘I Will Always Love You’ was used as a campaign song by Saddam Hussein in his 2002 election when he ‘won’ 100% of the vote.
A Canadian inventor tried to create a “supergun” which could fire satellites into orbit from a 512 foot-long barrel embedded inside a hill. When Western funding failed, he turned to military application of his ideas for Saddam Hussein, but then he was assassinated in Brussels.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel that spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical.
There’s a Justice League comic in which a superhero assassinates a Saddam Hussein analogue in order to end the atrocities of his regime. His actions actually end up destabilizing the country, making the quality of life for citizens much worse than it was before. The comic came out in 1999.
According to the US soldiers who guarded him, one of the few times Saddam Hussein ever looked defeated in prison was when they brought him the wrong cereal. (Fruit Loops. He hated Fruit Loops.)
In the late 90s, Saddam Hussein commissioned a Quran to be written in his own blood. Now, Muslim leaders aren’t sure what to do with it–to write the Quran in blood was a sin, but to destroy it would also be a sin.
Saddam Hussein received an award from UNESCO for eradicating illiteracy and establishing national primary education.