Curious Events in History

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., Aug 5, 2008 - History - 144 pages
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Did you know there once was a craze for consuming a powdered mummy as a cure for any ailment? That Peter the Great put a tax on beards? History neednít be as boring as school textbooks have led you to believe! These 40 strange but true stories prove that scattered between the famous milestones are tiny gems of incredible information just waiting to be discovered. Find out all about the 38-minute war and the time when Niagara Falls stopped falling. Learn which U.S. president was shotóand died not from the bullet wound, but from his doctorsí bungled efforts to save him. Forgotten, weird, and bizarre facts; unusual firsts and lasts, and a few unpalatable truths assure this illustrated collection will tickle the fancy of readers young and old.
  

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User Review  - Kelsey - Goodreads

Interesting to read and good for those of us with a short attention span. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

This book contains snippets of history; it's not the sort of book I normally enjoy reading, especially in a focused manner, so I've read it over the past 9 months sporadically at work. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Battle of Kadesh and the Pharaohs Big White
8
on The Unfortunate Death of Draco
11
Caligula Mourns the Death of His Sister
14
The Origin of Valentines
18
ozz Powdered Egyptian Mummies
22
The First Kamikaze
25
027 The Farcical Funeral of William the Conqueror
27
The Trial of the
40
A Moveable Feast?
43
Tulipmania Undermines the Dutch Economy
46
The Double Burial of Sir Walter Raleigh
49
The First Submarine Invented 400 Years
52
Manhattan Island Sold for TwentyFour Dollars
55
The Murderer from the Mayflower
60
Czar Peter the Greats Tax on Beards
63

Neros Painted Grotto Inspires the Renaissance
30
The PigRump SpikeOrgan of Louis XI
33
Edward IVs Magic Vision
36
Britains TwelveDay Sleep
66
The Hat That Caused a Riot
69
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Michael Powell (1905-90) was one of Britain's foremost directors and a three-time Academy Award nominee for The Red Shoes, 49th Parallel, and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.

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