Apr 2, 2020

Random Thursday

With this little segment of Leslie Gilbert Elman's Weird But True, it looks like we'll do a few more animal like facts before diving into royalty! This book is so bizarre but I love it! Who would've thought that all these facts were true! Some of them are so out there! Lol.

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A powdered compound can be made from a pig's bladder that could be the key to regenerating human limbs. There was a case in 2005 where a man cut off his fingertip and was able to regrow it entirely in four weeks.

FUN FACT: The U.S. Army is researching human limb regeneration because of it's potential to help soldiers in battle.

But...are we ingesting the powdered compound or patting it into the wound?

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Tycho Brahe, a Danish astronomer from the 16th century wore a prosthetic nose made from silver and copper for most of his life after losing his nose in a duel.

Whoa. Prosthetics were still kicking even after the Egyptians!

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Denmark is Europe's oldest continuous monarchy. The royal family cane trace its roots back to Gorm the Old, the Viking king who ruled around 900-940. Gorm's son and successor was Harald Bluetooth.

FUN FACT: Bluetooth technology was named for Harald Bluetooth who united Denmark nations of Norway and Sweden. The Bluetooth wireless logo is composed of the runes representing "H" & "B" which stood for Harald Bluetooth.

Ironically as I was writing up my summary before the "fun fact" I was just thinking about Bluetooth technology and wondering about a connection! Lol!

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Empress Maria Theresa of Austria had the nickname of "Mother-in-law of Europe." She was the only female ruler of the 636 year Habsburg dynasty. She ruled for 40 years and had 16 children. The ones that lived to adulthood she married off strategically to strengthen the Habsburgs alliances. Her youngest daughter and fifteenth child would eventually become Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

I'm still baffled by the 16 children! Lol. She must have been one tough lady!

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Marie-Therese, Marie Antoinette's daugther, would eventually marry her cousin, Louis-Antoine, duke of Angouleme. He became King Louis XIX of France in 1830 and had a reign that spanned 20 minutes (yes, minutes!).

FUN FACT: The male heir to the throne of France is called the dauphin. "Dauphin" is the French word for "dolphin."

I wonder if King Louis XIX had the shortest reign in history of France? 

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