marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

tidbits cross time

It was very foolish, and bad manners too, for a 19th century gentleman to give a lady a horse whose gentleness he was not sure of, whatever the stable owner said.

French noblemen would extort more grain from peasants by not only tampering with the size of the bushel, but by insisting on heaped bushels, which could add as much as 25% more grain. Among other things. A French peasant grievance was declaring they wanted one king, one law, one measure, and one weight.

When the King of Norway sent the King of England a polar bear for his menagerie at the Tower of London, the problem that the budget for its meals was too small was solved by letting it fish in the

In Southeast Asia, early wars were a matter of taking prisoners, not land. You would settle them around your capital to do the work to support it.

The Roman founding of London was unusual in that the place had had no human habitation before then.

Variolation (inoculation with smallpox) was a religious practice in India performed by priests of the goddess Sithala.

Henry III, holed up in the Tower of London for protection against the barons and their supporters, refused to open the doors to let Queen Eleanor in when she finally managed to make her way to it.

A Tokyo radio shop had enormous lines of customers the day after Pearl Harbor. Everyone with a broken radio wanted it fixed so as to hear any more government announcements.

West African cultivators quickly developed a goddess and myths for corn when they start to raise it.

The case against Anne Boleyn was whipped together so hastily that she had iron-clad alibis for twelve of the charges of adultery.

Japanese newspapers were privately informed by various military officers that the Manchurian Incident was a false flag, but they repeated the official story.

Factory owners, knowing for tampering with the clock (putting it forward in the morning and back in the evening) were sometimes know to fire workmen who had watches.

At Henry IV's coronation, the single golden coin he was supposed to give as an offering fell from his fingers and was never recovered -- and regarded as a bad omen.

Spurius Maelius, in ancient Rome, bought up a lot of wheat in a famine and gave it to the poor. For this he was murdered on the suspicion that he wanted to make himself king.

Wellington regarded the Tower of London as chiefly a military outpost, which troops could sally forth from, to deal with mobs. He was bent on getting the menagerie out of it, therefore.
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