Today I learned of the Kengir Gulag Uprising, where inmates assumed control over a camp. Due to the large body of educated inmates the 40 days of freedom saw the creation of plays, an ex-noble organizing a cafรฉ, priests organizing marriages, engineers creating improvised radios and a hydroelectric powerstationโ€ฆ
In 1323, the Mexica - founders of the Aztec Empire - asked the King of Culhuacan for his daughter. The Mexica sacrificed her, believing that would make the princess into a deity. During a festival dinner, a priest came out wearing her flayed skin. Upon seeing this, the King expelled the Mexicaโ€ฆ
There is a demon found in Catholic lore that collects all the mispronounced words said by priests and puts them in a sack. That sack is later carried by the offending priests in hell.โ€ฆ
Alec Guinness played detective-priest Father Brown in a movie. While filming he met a French child and although unable to speak French, Guinness was impressed that the child was so friendly and decided that the Church had an unfair reputation. He later converted to Catholicism.โ€ฆ
In 1990, Judas Priest was sued over a suicide pact made by two young men in Nevada. The lawsuit by their families claimed that their album Stained Class contained hidden messages. The case was dismissed by the judge for insufficient evidence of placement of subliminal messages on the record.โ€ฆ
The word Inauguration stems from the Latin 'augur' which refers to the rituals of ancient Roman priests seeking to interpret if it was the will of the gods for a public official to be deemed worthy to assume office.โ€ฆ
Max von Sydow was only 44 when he played the 80 year old priest in The Exorcist.โ€ฆ
Daniel Berriganโ€” an anti-war priest wanted by the FBI for raiding a draft office & burning draft cards as part of the โ€œCatonsville Nineโ€ in 1968โ€” emerged from hiding at a Cornell University rally, gave a speech, & was smuggled offstage inside of a large puppet. He evaded capture for 4 months.โ€ฆ
In the 15th century, you could legally marry wherever you wanted without the presence of a priest or witness, just a notary had to be present
The Aztec god Tlaloc required the tears of the young as part of their human sacrifice. The priests made the children cry during their way to immolation, which was taken as a good omen that Tlaloc would wet the earth in the raining season.โ€ฆ
Henry II, the king who uttered the famous phrase "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" got beaten up by 80 monks as part of his penance for his part in said priest's deathโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air"โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Pierre Picaud. After three friends frame him for being a spy, he was imprisoned for 7 years. After being released, he recovered a hidden treasure that was passed on from a wealthy priest he befriended and had his former friends and their families killed, arrested, or left impoverished.โ€ฆ
A priest on the Titanic refused to board a lifeboat twice. Instead, he stayed behind to hear confessions and give absolution to the people left on the ship.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Hans Schmidt, the only Catholic priest to ever be executed in the US. He killed his pregnant mistress, drank her blood, and dismembered her. He was found guilty for the crime and executed via electric chair in Feb 1916.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Seรกn na Sagart, hired by England to hunt Catholic priests who didn't recognize the Protestant Queen. He would capture/kill priests by pretending to be sickly and would call for a priest to confess his sins. He was killed attempting to attack a disguised priest at a fellow priest's funeral.โ€ฆ
Spain's stolen children scandal. Where around 300,000 babies were stolen from their parents for adoption. "Nuns and priests compiled waiting lists of would-be adoptive parents, while doctors were said to have lied to mothers about the fate of their children."โ€ฆ
Today I learned about a crocodile which lives in the pond surrounding a Hindu temple in India, which eats vegetarian food (sweetened rice) served by the temple priests and devotees, and wanders around the temple at night.โ€ฆ
The movie The Exorcist is based on the real-life exorcism of Mt Rainier schoolboy Ronald Hunkeler. In 1949, the 'troubled' boy was exorcised by a group of Catholic Priests in mysterious circumstances. He went on to work for NASA and very little is known of his life after the eventโ€ฆ
, the first seismometer was made in China in 132 AD by mathematician and inventor, Zhang Heng. The first Western description of the device comes from the French physicist and priest Jean de Hautefeuille in 1703. The modern seismometer was developed in the 19th century.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Bartolomรฉ de las Casas, a 16th century Spanish priest who, after witnessing the atrocities of the Spanish against the indigenous peoples, came to oppose their abuses. He would go on to spend 50 years actively fighting slavery and is considered one of the first advocates for human rights.โ€ฆ
An ancient effigy was recently discovered beneath an English church's pipe organ. It is the oldest alabaster effigy of a priest discovered in the UK.โ€ฆ
Although Japan's Emperor apparently renะพunced his divinity in 1946, Japan's WWII shrine sees that interpretation as prะพpaganda; the shrine's Shinto priest said "his ancestors are from the world of gods, so he is a divine being"; and Japan's anthem calls for the Emperor to live 8,000 generationsโ€ฆ
In the 18th century, the King of Denmark-Norway ordered clergy to walk the lands as "potato priests" to promote the cultivation of potatoes by the peasants. The campaign was a success and the potato became "more important than the constitution".โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Sir Ewan Forbes, an intersex British aristocrat and rural doctor who applied to change his sex in 1952. Afraid of possible ostracism, he alerted his patients, priest and friends in advance and found that they were โ€œuniversally supportiveโ€. He married his partner in a church a month later.โ€ฆ
Pope Clement VIII loved coffee: he supposedly tasted the "Muslim drink" [coffee] at the behest of his priests, who wanted him to ban it. "Why, this Satan's drink is so delicious, that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it..."โ€ฆ
The Catholic Church closed a Louisiana parish in 1955 after its members refused to let a black priest be assigned to it.โ€ฆ
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast.โ€ฆ
In the 1950s, Catholic Priest Gerald Fitzgerald proposed banishing all sexually predatory priests to a remote island for lifeโ€ฆ
"Strozzapreti" is a type of pasta, which roughly translates as "the priest strangler" because supposedly priests were so ravenous for the noodle they would eat too quickly and choke to death on it.โ€ฆ
Stalin was one asked by his mother what he did and he said he was "Something like the Tsar." His mom responded that he should have been a priestโ€ฆ
There is already an avenue for priests to marry in the Catholic Church: They have to be married before they enter the priesthood. This avenue is only available to Eastern Catholics though.โ€ฆ
In 1829, when pirates attacked a US ship, a man onboard managed to avoid their attention by dressing up as a priest. He put on black gown and a wide brimmed hat and stayed in his cabin. When the pirates found him, they made the sign of the cross and left. He was the only one not to be robbed.โ€ฆ
September 9th is International Buy A Priest a Beer Dayโ€ฆ
In Ancient Rome, the high priest of Jupiter was not permitted to touch a horse, sleep three nights outside his own bed or one night outside Rome, or look upon an army.โ€ฆ
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentistโ€ฆ
The Catholic Church has a zero-tolerance policy on revealing confessions. If a Catholic priest reveals anything someone confessed to him, he is automatically excommunicated and can only be forgiven by the Pope.โ€ฆ
In 1825, a British geologist went to Sicily and examined the remains of a female saint. He concluded that they werenโ€™t human and likely belonged to a goat. He told the priests, who kicked him out and then placed the bones into a casket to prevent future study.โ€ฆ
On 1955, after parishioners barred the Rev. Gerald Lewis, an African American priest, from celebrating Mass at St. Ceciliaโ€™s Chapel (Louisiana), Archbishop Joseph Rummel put this church under interdict, banning Masses and other sacraments from being celebratedโ€ฆ
Jean Meslier (1664-1729) was a French Catholic priest, actually an atheist, who left after his death an entire book criticizing religionโ€ฆ
Conan O'Brien was stalked by a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston who sent threatening letters to Conan signed "your priest stalker". One letter said "Remember Frank Costello once dodged a bullet in your building and so can you."โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Ignรกc Trebitsch, an Orthodox Jew con artist who spent time as a Protestant missionary, Anglican priest, British MP, German double-agent, Nazi collaborator, and Buddhist abbot.โ€ฆ
Julius Caesar almost started his career as a priest, which would have forbidden him from touching a horse, sleeping one night outside of Rome, or looking upon an armyโ€ฆ
Saint Augustine of Hippo almost married a 10 year old heiress when he was 31. He had to wait 2 more years for the legal marriage age of 12, but became a Catholic Priest before the marriage could happen.โ€ฆ
Priest Joseph Mรผller told a joke of a dying German soldier who asked to see people for whom he was laying down his life. The nurse laid a portrait of Hitler and Gรถring next to him. The soldier said "Now I can die like Jesus Christ" [between two criminals]. Mรผller was executed for the joke.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Berners Street hoax: In 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Chad Varahโ€”a priest who started the first suicide hotline in 1953 after the first funeral he conducted early in his career was for a 14-year-old girl who took her own life after having no one to talk to when her first period came and believed sheโ€™d contracted an STD.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Flamen Dialis, a roman high-priest. The person holding the title lived under strenuous rules: he was not allowed to touch/ride a horse, sleep three days outside his bed, appear at an empty table, touch iron, have a knot on his attire, swear an oath, touch or name a dog (and many more).โ€ฆ
'kahuna' is a Hawaiian word, defined as a respected person who has moral authority in society; a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female)". There are many different types of kahunas that represent all sectors of society and all skills.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, a Hungarian Jew, throughout his life he had jobs such as a Christian Priest, an MP and conman, in WW1 he became a German spy, took part in a Nationalist Revolt in Germany and met Hitler, left to China and was a Buddhist Abbot and claimed he was the next Dali Lamar.โ€ฆ

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