The Bayeaux Tapestry
Stange History Facts
- One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter half ton cheese.
- In 1894, The Times estimated that by 1950 London would be nine feet deep in horse manure.
- In 1811, nearly a quarter of all women in Britain were called Mary.
- Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and King Charles I all had pierced ears.
- People in Victorian Britain who couldn't afford chimney sweeps dropped live geese down their chimneys instead.
- Henry III kept a polar bear in the Tower of London. It swam in the Thames.
- Queen Elizabeth II is related to Vlad the Impaler.
- Margaret Thatcher was part of the team that invented Mr Whippy ice cream.
- In the 19th century, sausages were marketed as 'bags of mystery'.
- The first motorist to be fined for speeding in the UK was Walter Arnold in 1896. He was doing 8mph in a 2mph zone.
- From 1912 to 1948, painting was an Olympic event.
- Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.
- In the 16th century bearded men had to pay a special tax.
- At William the Conquerer's funeral, his corpse was too bloated to fit in the coffin and exploded as mourners tried to sqeeze it in.
- John F. Kennedy, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.