Today’s Trivia

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A man spent 121 days in room with 40 venomous snakes in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 107 days, only to be told that they no longer maintain that record after achieving it. (source)

 

Gaius Gracchus, the ancient roman politician, had a bounty put on his head to the price of the head’s weight in gold. Although the head was delivered, the prize was never paid, as it was discovered that Gaius’ captor had emptied out his brain and replaced it with molten lead. (source)

 

Many small spiders, insects, viruses and bacteria float 1000’s of feet above the ground. They are guided by the atmosphere, and are the terrestrial analogue to ocean plankton. (source)

 

Brian Steward (a hospital technician) tried to kill his 11 month old son by deliberately injecting him with HIV infected blood. Just so he could save the $286 a month he had to pay in child support. (source)

 

There was about a 15 year period in which the flag of France was just a white flag. (source)

 

 

 


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  • Agent BallSack

    On the battlefield the French still use the white flag (source BallSack)

    • Orange

      ha

  • one of the most interesting triva posts i have seen on this fine blog. the Whale Oil blog. nice work you little super sleuth you? wink.

  • Dumrse

    That’s Cows R US waving the white flag. He’s had too many cocktails.

  • LabTested

    the link to the white French Flag source is not working.

    For more great French history I recommend reading ‘1000 years of Annoying the French’ by Stephen Clarke. Available on Amazon UK

    • Kimbo

      Hmmm. Seems it is for real:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_flag

      Ancien Régime in France

      During the period of the Ancien Régime, starting in the early 17th century, the royal standard of France became a plain white flag as a symbol of purity, sometimes covered in fleur-de-lis when in the presence of the king or bearing the ensigns of the Order of the Holy Spirit.

      The white color was also used as a symbol of military command, by the commanding officer of a French army. It would be featured on a white scarf attached to the regimental flag as to recognise French units from foreign ones and avoid friendly fire incidents. The French troops fighting in the American War of Independence fought under the white flag.

      The French Navy used a plain white ensign for ships of the line.
      Smaller ships might have used other standards, such as a fleur-de-lys on white field. Commerce and private ships were authorised to use their own designs to represent France, but were forbidden to fly the white ensign.

      During the French Revolution, in 1794, the blue, white and red Tricolor was adopted as the official national flag. The white flag quickly became a symbol of French royalists. (It should be noted that the white part of the French Tricolor is itself originally derived from the old Royal flag, the tricolor having been designed when the revolution still aimed at Constitutional Monarchy rather than a Republic; this aspect of the Tricolor was, however, soon forgotten.)[citation needed]

      During the Bourbon Restoration, the white flag replaced the Tricolor, by then seen as a symbol of regicide.

      It was finally abandoned in 1830, with the July Revolution, with the definitive use of the blue, white and red flag.

      In 1873, an attempt to reestablish the monarchy failed when the comte de Chambordrefused to accept the Tricolor. He demanded the return of the white flag before he would accept the throne, a condition that proved unacceptable.

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