8. Roman Emperor Gaius, more famously known as Caligula, loved his horse so much he appointed him as senator.
9. The shortest war in history was between England and Zanzibar, and only lasted 38 minutes.
10. Alternatively, the longest war in history lasted 335 years, between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly. No one was killed during the entire war.
11. Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was a legitimate event at the Summer Olympics.
12. The world’s tallest married couple was Anna Haining Swan (7’11) and Martin Van Buren Bates (7’9).
13. Lord Byron, angered that his college Trinity College didn’t allow dogs in dorms, kept a pet bear instead.
14. Edgar Allen Poe’s 1838 novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, tells the story of four crewmen on a whaling ship who end up stranded. In order to survive, the crewmen draw lots to see who among them should be eaten. The lot lands on their cabin boy, Richard Parker. Forty-six years later, four crewmen abroad the yacht Mignonette capsized on their way to Sydney from London. Three of the crewmen decided to eat and kill the youngest and weakest among them – their nineteen-year-old cabin boy, Richard Parker.
15. Before Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini became Pope Pius II, he wrote a bestselling erotica novel called The Tale of Two Lovers.
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