marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

tidbits cross time

The term "toddler" was a quite recent invention.  "Baby" encompassed the age span well into the twentieth century.

During the Winter War, a Soviet division broke and fled the Finnish forces over a frozen lake.  The Finns broke up the ice, and as one Finn described it later, "They are still there."

The Coldstream Guards were the only part of Cromwell's army to survive the reinstatement of the king -- and technically, they didn't.  Obeying the act of Parliament, they laid down their weapons, and then a minute later took them back up again as the king's soldiers.

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria climbed six flights of stairs in his eighties rather than take an elevator.

Robin Hood had no connection with the whole Norman/Saxon thing until Sir Walter Scott's version.  Which is all the more ironic in that one source for him was Hereward the Wake, who was an Anglo-Saxon conflicting with a Norman -- William the Conquerer, to be precise.

Under Augustus's Lex Iuliae, the only man who could kill a woman caught in the act of adultery was her father.  Her husband would be punished for killing her.  However, if he didn't divorce her, he could be tried for pimping.

In India, the British classified castes, among other distinctions, into those that killed baby girls and those that didn't.

During the Battle of Britain, the British deployed radar, radio, and telephone to such effect that one German observed that by the time they reached fights, their briefings were three hours out of date, while the British's were three seconds.

One indignity of being Archduke Franz Ferdinard's morgantic wife was that the double doors at court would be opened for the least archduchess, but she got only one door opened.  He got on well with the Kaiser because when he and his wife went to Germany, she was received as his wife; they even set up small tables instead of the long one to finesse the question of precedence, and sat both royal couples at one table, with no one else.

Four hundred years after she died, jewelry belonging to Livia, Augustus Caesar's wife, was still being given to imperial brides as wedding presents.

Augustus John was a famous 19th century artist and Bohemian, who among other things let his children run wild.  One of his sons, Caspar, decided to go into the navy, which his father thought was mad.  Caspar persisted because in part he wanted a more orderly life, succeeded, and went on to become Admiral of the Fleet Sir Caspar John.

We may actually have records of the original Friar Tuck.  At least, we have records of an outlaw who adopted the pseudonym of Friar Tuck, and several of them, contemporaneously, commented on it as a new name.

When horses were the chief mode of transportation in New York City, the average speed was about 11 mph.  With cars, it's now 6 mph.

During the Victorian age, the British Army was armed with breech-loading rifles -- and voluntarily chose to go back to muzzle-loading muskets.

We know that women in Imperial Rome wore jewelry, and sometimes lots of it, because the satirists harp on it.  The statuary of them is completely devoid of it for many centuries.

During World War II the newly appointed head of military intelligence was told by another officer that the other officer had been to the Meiji Shrine to pray for the success of their campaign on Guadalcanal.  The head's reaction?  "Where's Guadalcanal?"  For contrast, George Orwell commented that one effect of World War II was that the English had learned about all sorts of foreign places, such as Guadalcanal.
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