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A Hodegepodge of Interesting, Unexplainable, and Unbelievable Trivia V

If you are married, can you imagine some of the oddest presents that you received on your special day? Do you think they will compare to one that Queen Victoria was given? Ever wonder about some of the fashion trends of the past? In this article, you will encounter information on this topic, as well as interesting facts regarding the ruthless leader, Attila the Hun.

Queen Victoria Curiosities

Talk about odd wedding gifts”¦Queen Victoria received a block of cheese that measured ½ a ton and was three meters in diameter. The Queen also became one of the first women to ever test out the use of chloroform to dull the pain of giving birth to a child.

The Drive Behind the Invention

It’s pretty curious that the inventor of the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell) wasn’t able to speak to his wife or his mother on his famous invention. Both women were deaf, which would eventually influence his work. While Bell is best known for his invention of the telephone, this isn’t the only thing he is responsible for. He also completed work that was used in hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell also had a hand in founding the National Geographic Society.

Fashion Trends of the Renaissance Period

During the Renaissance Period, Venetian women believed that it was a fashion faux pas to sport a hair color beyond silvery blond.

No Photo Ops Here

Put your camera away if you plan on paying a visit to the Pygmies in Zambia, as the government forbids tourists to take photographs of this group of people.

A Treacherous Dwarf

You may have already heard this one, but there is evidence to suggest that Attila the Hun (406 , 453) was actually a dwarf. Why is this significant? The man has a historical reputation for being the “Scourge of God,” leading the Huns from 434 until his passing. His Hunnic Empire started in Germany and continued to the Ural River, River Danube, and to the Baltic Sea. During his rule, he was feared throughout most of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Attila was in charge of invading the Balkans two times, as well as tackling Gaul (which is modern France today) amongst other locations. His rule was undeniable until he suffered defeat at the Battle of Chalons. He left behind a legacy that was often described no less than cruel.

The Unsinkable Book”¦

If only those working on the SS Titanic had read the novel published by Morgan Robertson , printed 14 years before the disastrous sinking took place. The novel foretold the fate of the ship, as the book gave the description of ship the same size as the Titanic that crashes into an iceberg on an April night filled with mist. However, the fictional ship that Robertson concocted was called the “Titan.” On April 15th, 1912, the Titanic sunk to the bottom of the ocean, taking more than 1,500 lives with it.