Whenever we see most famous people, we often forget that they are actually human and that they have their own share of funny experiences, interesting opinions and more. So here are a few incredible facts about the most famous people in history.
1. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was a great comedian with a very iconic look. This one time there was a contest. A Charlie lookalike contest and in true comedian style, he thought it would be fun if he actually joined it. Despite being at the height of his fame, he actually came in twentieth. Who knows what the judges were thinking on that day?
2. King Henry VIII
King Henry VIII of England actually kept a large court that had the Grooms take care of his most intimate toilet needs. It was called the “Grooms of the Stool” and they would chiefly wipe his bottom once he was done taking a royal flush. Interesting how we would have thought they were responsible for carrying him.
3. Walt Disney
In his entire lifetime, Walt Disney amassed a lot of wealth – about a billion dollars – but we all know that. But the interesting thing about him is that he liked rewarding his workers. He actually had a housekeeper to whom he gave his company’s stock every single Christmas and during her birthdays to the point, she became a multimillionaire herself by the time she was seventy years old.
4. Henry Ford
For Henry Ford, the automobile giant, Thomas Edison was a hero. His personal hero. He had the opportunity to strike a friendship with him in Edison’s last year of life, and Ford asked his son to collect Edison’s last breath at Edison’s deathbed. The breath was collected in a tube which is today displayed at the Henry Ford Museum.
5. Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan, a former president of The United States once watched and loved “Back to the Future” in the theatres. He really loved the joke by Doc Brown in 1995 about becoming the president so much that he gave instructions to the theatre staff to once again roll the projector and play that particular scene from the beginning.
6. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein is one of the most famous physicists of all time and naturally, he had a lot of fans. He got so tired of how inquisitive they always were and being the genius that he was, he came up with a brilliant idea. Every time an unwanted fan came his way, he would apologize and tell them that he was often mistaken for Albert Einstein.
7. Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill once visited the White House. This was in the year 1941 and while he was there, the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt then, burst into his guest room. He did that only to find the Prime Minister buff. Because Churchill was very witty, he just quipped, saying the Prime Minister of Great Britain had nothing to hide from the President of the United States.
8. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was found dead by his girlfriend on his bathroom floor. A lot of doctors concluded that his death was as a result of a heart attack but interestingly, recent theories have addressed his poor health. Apparently, the King of Rock had a massive colon and his heart gave out because he had an incredibly severe case of constipation.
9. Malcom X
If you know Malcolm X, you know that he was always so captivating, both in speech and in writing – but did you know that for the most part of his life he could barely read? He was in prison, serving a sentence for theft whereby to improve his skills in language, he copied the entire dictionary by hand and every single day he would read his work aloud.
10. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was royalty but sometimes, she grew tired of the kind of life she had, and because she was an extravagant monarch, she was responsible for the construction of the Queen’s Hamlet, “Hameau de la Reine” that was in an idyllic private village. She would walk around it in common clothes and would sometimes even pretend to be a peasant.
11. Alan Turing
Alan Turing might have been the father of modern computing but there was more to him than just that. He may have helped in the cracking of codes, German ones, in world war two but he also once completed a marathon in a span of time that was only eleven minutes shy of the following year’s winning time. Two hours forty six minutes to be precise, so he was also a very gifted runner.
12. Fidel Castro
Other than the first and second world wars, there was the Cold War whereby Fidel Castro the Cuban leader faced over six hundred assassination threats. Some of these threats included a holographic Virgin Mary spouting propaganda, poisoned wetsuit, and even an exploding cigar. He evaded every single one of them.
13. Jeannette Rankin
Jeannette Rankin in the year 1916 became the first woman to serve in the United States Congress. She was from Montana, and if you think her becoming the first was the most impressive thing by itself, how about the fact that she clinched her seat four good years before women in her country even won the right to participate in voting. Very impressive.
14. Abraham Lincoln
Some years before Abraham Lincoln became president, he gave a speech, against slavery. It was a ground-shaking speech, so captivating that not a single reporter present took notes. None of them remembered, and to this day, there isn’t a single transcript of his speech surviving.
15. William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was inarguably a very prolific writer. His work was exceptional back in his day as well as today. As you can imagine, he thought of writing the words he wanted on his own grave. He came up with an epitaph that would scare off anyone who would want to rob the grave. That verse is currently very famous and is a sight at the Church of Holy Trinity located in Stratford-upon-Avon.
16. Emperor Caligula
There was a Roman emperor, Caligula who was very extravagant. His reign, though short, packed so much madness. He actually appointed to the Roman Senate his favorite horse Incitatus. It is thought that he actually did it to mock the Senate and that it was actually not a sign of insanity, just to keep them from acquiring more power than they already had.
17. Napoleon Bonaparte
Despite Napoleon Bonaparte’s desire to conquer the world, he had a sensitive side. He was a military genius but was perceptive enough to write “Clisson et Eugenie,” a romantic novella. It was about a heartbreaking love between a soldier with a sweetheart left back home and it has been speculated that he was inspired to write it by his own personal life.
18. General Santa Anna
Mexican General Santa Anna was shot in the leg, in battle, against the French forces in 1898. Doctors had to amputate the Mexican General’s leg and after it was done, Santa Anna ordered for a funeral for it complete with military honors and it was actually done as instructed.
19. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla worshiped women from afar because he always thought that chastity enhanced his work. He never actually got into any relationships with them. Later in his life though, he claimed that he did fall in love. He fell for a New York City pigeon. He sure had his own quirks.
20. Amelia Earhart
It is not uncommon for people to sign prenups but Amelia Earhart had an unusual one. Being so independent she wrote that she would not hold her husband to any medieval code of faithfulness to her. She added that similarly, she would not consider herself bound to him all in the spirit of being a very independent woman.