Omaha Sioux leader Blackbird died of smallpox, but he left one wish before he passed away. He was to be buried on the back of his favorite white war-horse. What made the request even more interesting was that the horse was to be buried alive.
Violet Jessop was a stewardess for the White Star Line Company on three of their vessels, first being the HMS Olympic which collided with a British warship. She was not injured in that accident but then found work on another vessel doomed for tragedy - the HMS Titanic. Somehow, she survived that as well but later on had the luck of working on another vessel during WWII that hit a German mine... and she still made it out alive.
Some of this you might want to take with a grain of salt, but the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was a bit of a virtuoso when it came to music. According to North Korean record, Kim wrote six operas "all of which were better than any in the history of music." Even if some of that were remotely true, there are many accounts of the man being a huge fan of the opera, since he wrote a book on the subject.
4. The First Female US Presidential Candidate Happened In The 1800s
The Amphicar was a quirky little vehicle that mixed '60s convertible style with German engineering that allowed it to float it in the water. It had some interesting owners, one of them being President Lyndon Johnson. He made the habit of riding it in with people and pranking them by driving into a lake, faking a car malfunction.
During the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, Pedro Lascuráin became president in what is considered the world's shortest presidency. A coup d'etat orchestrated by General Victoriano Huerta allowed Lascuráin to become president by law after the previous one was killed and the vice president and attorney general resigned. He only held it for a total of 55 minutes before Huerta became interior minister and Lascuráin resigned so that Huerta could take control.
There was a civilization in Mexico called the Toltecs who held the region for 300 years. They were known for the importance of the military in their culture due to the successful campaigns they had throughout. What made them very impressive during a battle was that they would win yet still spare lives because they used wooden swords.
The Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin had a spell over the Russian royal family, and some of the other nobility decided it was enough one day and decided to take him out - permanently. But when the Prince and his accomplices invited him over for some potassium-cyanide-laced cake and wine, he did not die - so they shot him. But he still didn't die so they tried again. It took more bullets and a quick trip into the Neva River to finally end him.
The Surrealist painter is known for bizarre antics (he owned a pet anteater, for starters), but this one took the cake. He borrowed a friend's Rolls Royce Phantom II, filled it up with 1,100 pounds of cauliflower, and drove from Spain to Paris to deliver a lecture at the Sorbonne. His reason for this was simple: "Everything ends up in the cauliflower."
In 1919 a molasses holding tank burst in Boston that engulfed the city with 2.9 million gallons of the sticky stuff. The wave was 15-feet high, destroyed buildings, crushed horses, and took down part of a train station. 15 of Beantown's residents were killed and 150 were injured in the Great Molasses Flood.
In the Middle Ages, there are records of more than 200 cases of animal executions. The common offenders were pigs who had attacked or killed a human. There were times humans were killed alongside them in cases of bestiality.
14. The World's Largest Bird Makes Condors Look Tiny
The Pelagornis sandersi lived 20 to 25 million years ago and had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet. In comparison, the wingspan of the California condor is just under 10 feet. That would mean you could fit two condors under the shadows of one of these majestic birds.
15. The Spanish Donkey Is Not What You Think It Means
The wooden horse, or Spanish donkey, was a very macabre torture device known for the extreme pain it gave people. It was triangular shaped, angled, and sharpened at the top, Once they were forced to straddle the device, more weight would be put on their ankles to keep them on.