The first case of high treason in modern times came before the Swedish courts in 2001, and four traitors were identified. They were four boys, all aged 16 or 17. Their offense? They […]
The Honours of Scotland is the name given to the crown, sceptre, and sword of the Scottish monarchy. They are the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles, dating back […]
Britain’s King George I was on a hunting party in the Hertswold Forest of northern Germany in 1725 when he came across an extraordinary discovery: a wild boy.
Mrs. Henrietta Nesbitt was the chief housekeeper of the White House during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She believed the White House should lead the way in setting an example […]
Homer Aubrey Tomlinson (1892-1968) wanted to be a great leader. He tried running for President of the United States in five consecutive elections, beginning in 1952. When that didn’t pan out (nationwide, […]
Spectators at the Rathenau railway station in Brandenberg, Germany on February 9, 1909 hoped to get a chance to see England’s King Edward VII. They got a bit more than they hoped […]
Permanent residents of the Tower of London include six ravens. They have been seen in and around the tower since being built in 1078. They have been officially-sanctioned since the days of […]
William Buckland (1784-1856) was the first man to write a full account of a fossil (the Megalosaurus). His love of animals and food blended together into some rather interesting eccentricities.
During the 1st century AD, Roman emperor Vespasian (ruled 69-79) placed a tax on urine. The urine from public urinals was sold as an essential ingredient for several chemical processes, such as […]
Cleopatra married her brother, Ptolemy XIII. She was 18 years old and he was 10 years old at the time. They married in keeping with the Egyptian tradition and served as co-regents. […]
Robert the Bruce (1274 – 1329) was crowned King of Scots on March 25, 1306 by Bishop William de Lamberton at Scone, near Perth, Scotland. By tradition, the Earl of Fife had […]
The coronation ceremony of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (1837-1898) required her to be anointed in her right armpit. source
One of the most successful con men of all time was the Scotsman Gregor MacGregor (1786-1845). Among his most successful and notorious scams was to encourage investment in the fictional country of […]
Bette Midler said of Princess Anne, “She loves nature in spite of what it did to her.” source Read more insults. Read more funny quotes.
United Kingdom’s Prince Philip has a reputation for lacking tact in many of his public comments. Occasionally these comments can be turned on him immediately. An example of this is the time […]