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Speaking of Napoleon...
"After Napoleon Bonaparte's death, his priest-confessor (Vignali) allegedly cut off Napoleon's penis. This was later sold as part of a collection and ended up in the possession of Dr. Abraham Rosenbach.
Rosenbach took Napoleon's penis on tour; it was displayed on a small velvet cushion in New York's museum of French art.
Apparently it's now owned by the Lattimer family in New York." gegg1
Oh my, this one is not very flattering for old Napoleon. Not only is this true, but now the record shows that Napoleon's "little Napoleon" was just as famously small as the man was. According to The Independent:
"Apparently, it was cut off during his autopsy by his somewhat cruel doctor, Francesco Autommarchi, in front of 17 witnesses, before it was then acquired by priest Abbé Anges Paul Vignali who gave the leader his last rites. It passed through Vignali’s family before it was eventually bought by American rare books dealer A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1924 and then displayed at the Museum of French Art in New York in 1927."
On Second Thought, I'ma Go Home With Them....
In 1866, Liechtenstein sent out an army of 80 men to participate in the Austro-Prussian War. They came back with 81 men, suffering no casualties and having made one friend along the way. yesilfener
Yep, this actually happened! The best part? This was the last battle the tiny country ever engaged in. Like, ever.
Be right back; moving to Liechtenstein.
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Castro Liked Ice Cream. Like, a Lot
"Fidel Castro really likes to drink and eat dairy products, so he made a giant ice cream shop and it's still functional. He mixed two breeds of cows to create a super cow that would stand up to heat and give out lots of milk and her name is ubre blanca." Imnotgaymike
Yeah, this is true. Castro loved dairy products, particularly ice cream, so much that he had arguments about it with other world leaders. There are countless stories about Castro's obsession with milk and the cows that produce it. You can read a few of them here.
All That Math Didn't Amount to a Hill of Beans
"Pythagoras, the man who made one of the most iconic mathematical discoveries in history, had a phobia of beans."
Ironically, it was his fear of beans that caused his death. When attackers chased him into a field of beans, he refused to enter and was killed instead.
Yes and no. Yes — Pythagoras was kind of a strange dude. Around 530 B.C., he and some of his followers settled in Crotona in South Italy and started living by his very unique set of life rules. Some even think they were kinda-sorta a cult, but that's neither here nor there. One tenant of the Pythagorean society was that they weren't allowed to eat beans. No one is certain why beans were off-limits, but historians have theories:
"A strange side note of the Pythagorean diet is that they were forbidden to eat beans. The reason behind this is not entirely known. A funny anecdote tells us that Pythagoras believed that a human being lost a part of his or her soul whenever passing gas." - Classical Wisdom
There are other theories out there too, but most scholars agree that this wasn't as much as a "phobia" as it was a belief. As for his death, it wasn't exactly "death by bean dip," but it was close:
"Suddenly Pythagoras came to a stop. A vast bean field stretched before him. He stood frozen, uncertain what to do. His eyes focused on a single bean dangling inches from his papyrus-covered feet. So true was he to his ideals that, even at the risk of losing his own life, he was unwilling to trample upon even a single bean. Staring down upon that vibrant bean, the sun low in the sky, he imagined it to be blossoming into a divine ripeness before him. And as he stood there, hesitating, contemplating his next move, his pursuers caught up with him. They lifted their weapons, and bringing the knifes down hard, spilled Pythagoras’ blood on the plants – ending his life for the sake of a bean, and for the deep wisdom immersed in that diminutive cosmic object." - Philosophy Now
Psst... I Need to Tell
"The Pope Saint Leo once convinced Attila the Hun to just turn around and leave, and no one knows how he did it.
Then, years later, he encountered a dude called Gaiseric just South of Rome. Convinced him too to turn around and leave. NO ONE KNOWS HOW." - username omitted.
This is an accepted truth in Catholicism, and the best explanation they seem to have is that there were only two popes known as "The Great," and he was one of them. The Catholic Herald explains:
"Leo’s strength of personality was also evident in his confrontations with secular power. In 452 he encountered Attila the Hun near Mantua, and persuaded him not to proceed to the sack of Rome. Again, in 455, he met the Vandal Gaiseric outside the walls of Rome and succeeded in preventing the city’s wholesale destruction."