Eye-Opening Facts About Prominent People We Weren’t Taught at School
Boring information should always be accompanied by interesting facts so that it’s easier for us to remember it. In school, teachers usually omit the most intriguing and surprising facts. Thus, we know a lot about events, wars, and discoveries; but we know so little about people who were involved in these things. This article boasts amazing biography facts about famous people throughout history.
Unusual facts arouse our curiosity and force us to find out more information about this or that topic. Bright Side has studied several books and websites trying to find fascinating facts about some great people. We hope this article will inspire you to read a few biography books that you’ve put off reading several times.
Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica and all his ancestors were from Florence, so we can say he was Italian or Corsican. He studied Italian at school and started learning French at age 10. Bonaparte was a French emperor and an Italian king. He was inspired by the French flag and took part in creating the flag of Italy. Only 1 color, blue, was replaced by green.
Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest American presidents. In youth, he was an experienced fighter. Honest Abe (Lincoln got this nickname thanks to his habit of paying off all his debts) was always ready to challenge anyone from the crowd who wanted to fight. He’s even enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Joan of Arc
In the past, it was impossible to meet a woman with short hair. It’s said that Joan heard voices in her head that made her do different things. Once, the voice told her to cut her long hair. Almost 500 years later, this fact inspired a Polish hairdresser and he created the most popular women’s hairstyle, the short bob.
Outstanding physicist Albert Einstein died in 1955 from an aortic rupture. During the autopsy, the pathologist Thomas Harvey decided to remove Einstein’s brain for preservation. By the way, Einstein’s brain weighed 2.7 lb while the average human brain weighs around 3 lb.
This beautiful woman had a really tragic and hard life. Her mother was a patient of a mental hospital, so Marilyn lived in an orphanage. 11 different families tried to adopt the girl, but they returned her each time.
A famous phrase, “The king is dead, long live the king!” was initially uttered during the coronation of Charles VII in 1422. This phrase is used to simultaneously announce the death of the previous monarch and to assure the public of continuity by saluting the new monarch.
Not many people know that the most famous naturalist didn’t have any biological education. After school, Darwin decided to continue his family tradition and entered the University of Edinburgh Medical School, but he had to say, “goodbye” to medicine. The reason was simple: he couldn’t stand blood.
What’s more, is Charles Darwin had never claimed that humans were descended from apes. He said that human beings and anthropoid apes had a common ancestor, and these 2 sentences are completely different.
Julius Caesar had a right to wear a laurel wreath on his head at all times. He used this right as he wanted to hide his balding head.
Alfonso XIII of Spain
Alfonso XIII of Spain had a special person responsible for his anthem. As the king didn’t have an ear for music and couldn’t tell the difference between an anthem and other music, the composer had to inform him when the national anthem was being played.
In Henry Ford’s company, there was a tradition of hiring employees regardless of their health. Thus, in 1917, around 6,000 handicapped people worked there.
The company paid an equal salary to all the employees. Ford even thought that handicapped people were better prepared for monotonous jobs.
There’s a legend about Columbus’ critics and his brilliant answers. They used to say it wasn’t that challenging to discover America. Of course, the Spanish sailor was annoyed by this. Columbus did the following: he asked his foes to take an egg and make it stand vertically. No one could do that. Then Christopher did it himself by tapping the egg on the table to flatten its tip and said, “It was as easy as discovering America.”
According to historical data, Voltaire loved coffee: he drank around 50 cups a day. But it wasn’t pure coffee, it was a chocolate-coffee mixture. His doctor warned him that his beloved drink would kill him, but Voltaire managed to live into his eighties.
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