Five Amusing Historical Truths

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

1)
When tea was first introduced into England, people threw away the liquid and ate the leaves, seasoned with salt and pepper.

2)
The Duke of Wellington had one of the hooves of his horse Copenhagen that he had ridden at Waterloo sawn off and made into an inkwell.

3)
When created, each king in a deck of playing cards were to represent a great king from history:
King of Spades - King David
King of Clubs - Alexander the Great,
King of Hearts - Charlemagne,
King of Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

4)
Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain. - Pierre Trudeau [former Prime Minister of Canada]

5)
In September 2001, the Democratic Republic of the Congo discovered that it had 21,652 civil servants on its payroll who did not exist.

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