August 7, 2009

Interestingly-morbid, or morbidly-interesting?

Napoleon killed over a thousand people with a cough. In 1799 he was deciding whether to release 1,200 Turkish prisoners of war when he coughed and said, "Ma sacré toux!" (my darned cough) which sounded to officers like "Massacrez tous!" (Kill them all!). So they did.

Henry the VIII executed some 72,000 subjects. His favorite method was boiling people to death.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is the first person to have their ashes put aboard a rocket and "buried" in space.

The most expensive funeral so far was that of Alexander the Great. It'd cost about $600,000,000 in today's money. One of the reasons was the building of a road from Babylon to Alexandria, big enough move a jewel studded hearse the size of a small building which was pulled by 64 horses.

An eternal flame lamp at the tomb of a Buddhist priest in Nara, Japan has been tended to and kept burning for 1,133 years.


Ali said...

Wish you could have shown the Alexander wala part to MJ before he croaked. :P

S said...

I dunno where you get these tidbits from... but keep 'em comin'!