REAL HISTORICAL PEOPLE AND EVENTS THAT ALMOST SEEM FICTIONAL
Added on: 20th Dec 2016
WILMER MCLEAN'S FARM
The first battle of the American Civil War, Bull Run,
started on Wilmer Mclean’s farm. To get away from the
fighting, he moved his family over a hundred miles to
Appomattox Court House in Virginia. On April 9, 1865,
he got a knock on the door asking if the South’s surrender
could be negotiated in his house, so the war both
started and ended on his property.
This Danish nobleman was kidnapped by his uncle
at a young age (his parents apparently didn’t care).
He owned a pet elk until it got drunk, fell down a
staircase and died. And he allegedly died due
to bladder issues after refusing to use the bathroom.
THE TULIP BUBBLE
During the 17th Century, the price of tulips in the Netherlands
skyrocketed with some costing more than an entire house.
Needless to say, this was one of the first examples of a
financial bubble that we have on record. And yes, the
bubble eventually burst when people quit buying such
ridiculously expensive tulips.
WASHINGTON DC (CIRCA 1812)
Right after the British burned it down in 1812, it was hit
with a hurricane and a tornado…simultaneously.
During World War II, the allies took a dead, homeless man
out of the morgue, dressed him up as a high ranking military
officer and threw his body overboard off the coast of Spain.
It was intended to mislead the Nazi’s about possible
landing points for future invasions.
NAPOLEON VS BUNNIES
One of Napoleon’s biggest defeats was at the hands of
fuzzy wuzzy bunny rabbits. Napoleon had suggested
a rabbit hunt for his court, but as soon as the game
keepers released the rabbits, they all turned on Napoleon.
He retreated to his coach, but the rabbits were
relentless. Apparently, the rabbits had mistaken his
coach for that of their keeper and they thought
Napoleon was bringing them food.
JIMMY CARTER VS BUNNY
President Carter was another world leader who had a
run-in with rabbits. Well, it was actually just one rabbit.
While out on a fishing trip, a large hare came swimming
towards his boat and he apparently tried shooing it away.
The next day, headlines read “President Attacked By Rabbit.”
CIVIL WAR SPECTATORS
During the early battles of the American Civil War, the
Union thought they would win so decisively that rich
northerners would bring lunches and picnic on nearby
hills as they watched the fighting. Needless to say,
it was a bad idea.
He took an army of elephants across the Alps, and if you’ve
ever seen the Alps, you know why that is impressive.
Although many died, enough made it to Rome to scar
the daylights out of the Romans.