History

What was the punishment for cheating on your spouse in medieval France?

During the medieval period in France, if a woman was unfaithful to her husband, her punishment was to chase a chicken through the town naked.

How much does it cost to buy a car relative to other things in history?

It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

What was Matthew Birchinger

Matthew Birchinger was an 18th century German. He was known as “the little man of Nuremberg,” and played four musical instruments including the bagpipes. He was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.

What is the shortest war in history?

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

Where does the phrase “the whole 9 yards” originate from?

World War II fighter pilots in the South Pacific armed their airplanes while stationed with .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measuring 27 feet before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, he went through “the whole 9 yards”, hence the term.

What was Harry Truman’s middle name?

He didn’t have one. The S in Harry S. Truman did not stand for anything.

How is the Chief of Justice appointed?

Like the Associate Justices, the Chief Justice is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. There is no requirement that the Chief Justice serve as an Associate Justice, but 5 of the 17 Chief Justices have served on the Court as Associate Justices prior to becoming Chief Justice.