you know that the term “Capitalism” was actually introduced by Karl
was the founder of communism that originally used the term to describe
the free enterprise system. Of
course, to him, it was a four-letter word.
Funny thing, coming from someone whose first and last names were
both four-letter words.
Did you know that some cannibals believed
that by eating another person, they could acquire the positive traits of
the person eaten? It’s
true, but that wasn’t the only wacky theory regarding the practice of
cannibalism. The Aztecs
believed that it would bring them closer to their gods and there were
other cultures that even believed that an enemy wasn’t entirely
defeated until he had been eaten. But
what if they had gotten indigestion from the victim? Who would have
gotten the last laugh then?
Did you know that Alexander the
great was once the tutored pupil of the philosopher, Aristotle?
teacher, Plato, died, he went to Assos to serve as a counselor to
Hermias, the ruler of Assos. But
when his good friend, Hermias, was captured and murdered by the
Persians, he moved to Pella, the Macedonian capital. It was there that
he had become the tutor of the king’s young son, Alexander-who had
eventually become known as Alexander the Great.
Of course he did have some lesser-known students, like William
the not so great, George the mediocre and John the downright pathetic.
you know that the Braille writing system was actually a modification of
an already existing system of embossed writing?
It was a modification of
the point writing system that was originally used for coding army
messages. Apparently, Louis
Braille cracked the code.
Did you know that Constantine the Great
converted to Christianity after Christ appeared to him in a dream?
first Roman ruler to be converted to Christianity was originally a pagan
solar worshipper. But on
the evening prior to the Battle of Milvian Bridge, he had a dream in
which Christ appeared to him and instructed him to inscribe the first
two letters of Christ’s name on the shields of his troops.
The next day he claimed to have seen a cross superimposed on the
sun and the words “In this sign you will be the victor” Well,
Constantine went on to defeat Maxentious and was hailed as the saviour
of the Roman people. It was
then that the persecution of Christians officially ended. The church was also given legal rights and large financial
donations. But I’m not
sure if they were tax-deductible.
Did you know that dolphins eat
nearly one-third their body weight every day?
eat mostly fish and squid. They
can easily outdistance their prey and have 200 to 250 sharp teeth to
bear down on them with. They
can do a sustained speed of 19 MPH and can do bursts of more than 25
MPH. If a human ate
one-third his body weight in a single day, he’d be lucky if he could
Did you know that the author of The
Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, had little formal education?
is surprising considering the fact that 1200 volumes were published under his
name. Although, many were
the result of collaborations with other writers (whom he had hired),
each work was an execution of his personal ideas.
But, in spite of his prolific output, He died virtually bankrupt.
Apparently, his income was nothing to write home about.
Did you know that the term
“Fascism” was based on an ancient Roman symbol of power? The
term “fascism” was first used by Benito Mussolini and was a
reference to the Roman fasces, a symbol in which consisted of a bundle
of sticks and an axe. This
supposedly represented public unity and the authority of Roman officials
to enact punishment. Mussolini,
however, had first started his political career as a Marxist but
eventually had changed his attitude.
The one thing fascism had in common with communism, though, was
the lowered standard of living.
Did you know that the first corps of
fire-fighters was instituted by the Roman emperor Augustus?
firefighting piece, back then, was the bucket.
Which was passed from hand to hand to deliver water to the fire.
But due to the limitations of the equipment, many a fire-fighter
kicked the bucket.
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