Henry Cavendish, noted for his discovery of hydrogen, was a "notoriously shy man". He communicated with his female servants only by notes. By one account, Cavendish had a back staircase added to his house to avoid encountering his housekeeper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Persian King Agha Mohammad Khan ordered the execution of two servants for being too loud. Since it was a holy day, he postponed their execution by a day and made the servants return to their duties. They murdered the king in his sleep that night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agh…
Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, the Maharaja of Junagadh (1900-1959), owned 800 dogs, each with its own room, a telephone, and a servant. He had his liveried staff dress his dogs in formal evening suits, mount them on rickshaws, and drive them. When a dog died, state mourning was declared tribuneindia.com/2003/200…
The ancient Chinese emperor, Zhu Houzhao, had a fake shopping market built outside his palace so he could pretend to shop like the commoners did. It was staffed by his servants who he made dress up like merchants and commoners. historythings.com/history…
Classical "angels" are the lowest tier of God's servants in traditional Christian Angelology. There are actually nine angelic orders, each with distinct responsibilities. The highest orders appear as firey beings with six wings, four-faced creatures covered in eyes, and chariot wheels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In December 2019, civil servant Darryn Frost stopped a knifeman on the London Bridge using a narwhal tusk bbc.com/news/uk-50870309
A comic strip in 1986 called Doonesbury ridiculed a Palm Beach law requiring all "servant" workers to register with the police and get fingerprinted. This ridicule was so effective that they passed a new law banning the practice, called The Doonesbury Law. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
J. P. Morgan, the financier, and Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury, share a descendant: Alexander Morgan Hamilton, a civil servant and philanthropist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed over 300,000 animals while hunting during his life. He’d ride on a train with servants loading rifles on either side of him and he’d shoot any animal he saw. Trailing train would pick up the carcasses. pbs.org/newshour/world/8-…
When a jury convicted Jane Wenham of witchcraft in 1712, due to witnesses accusing her of flying on a broomstick and bewitching servants, the sceptical judge refused to execute her and instead sought a royal pardon, noting that there was β€œno law against flying.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
"Servants of the Wankh", the 1969 sci-fi novel by Jack Vance, had its title later changed to avoid resemblance to a British slang term en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Aaron Burr had a son, John, with an Indian servant, Mary Eamons, who became a celebrated abolitionist and a key figure in the Underground Railroad. His lineage was recently confirmed by a DNA test. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Returning a one-eyed bride on a one-eyed-horse, along with a one-eyed servant and a one-eyed dog, started The Wars of the One-Eyed Woman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned that Taiwan has 5 branches of government. Aside from Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches there's the Examination Yuan which validates qualifications of civil servants and the Control Yuan which is an investigative branch that audits, evaluates and prosecutes govt officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
The original reason why umbrella handles are curved is to make it easier for servants to hold the umbrella at an angle to shield their employer gentlemansgazette.com/umb…
Charles VI of France suffered mental illness throughout his life, and at one point, he forgot his own name and that he was king. Also when his wife came to visit, he had to ask his servants who she was, and ordered them to give her what she required so she would leave him alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The artist Michelangelo drew illustrated versions of his shopping lists, so his illiterate servant could understand them without reading. One list from 1518 now tours alongside Michelangelo's artworks. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1590 there was a Hungarian noblewoman named Elizabeth BΓ‘thory, aka Countess Dracula. She has the Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer of all time. The highest number of victims cited during her trial was 650, most of them servant girls aged 10 to 14 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The official titles of the Pope are: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
French queen Marie Antoinette was offered in 1787 a boy from Senegal as a servant but instead taking him as servant she adopted him as her son and baptized as Jean. During the revolution Jean was separated from the royal family and left by revolutionaries to die on streets at age of 10. sheffield.ac.uk/french/ne…
The island of Montserrat is known as "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean." Its inhabitants, most of whom descend from Irish indentured servants and enslaved Africans, speak a dialect of English that has features of both Irish and Afro-Caribbean dialects. rte.ie/archives/exhibitio…
Today I learned of the Fieschi Letter from 1327, which claims that King Edward II was not murdered as always assumed but changed clothes with a servant, killed the gate-keeper where he was imprisoned and escaped to exile in Europe. The letter was rediscovered 500 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
Many countries have restrictions on how to name your child. In France, for example, when parents won't give a name which is not damageable to the child's well-being or a third party, a civil servant can name the newborn on court's order. legifrance.gouv.fr/affich…
John F. Kennedy enjoyed a "privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes" during the Great Depression. He later claimed that he only learned about the Great Depression in the books he read while attending Harvard. millercenter.org/presiden…
Today I learned of John Howland, an indentured servant boy who went overboard on The Mayflower and was miraculously saved. His descendants include: The Bush family, FDR, writers Emerson & Longfellow, Brigham Young & Joseph Smith, Chevy Chase and over 2 million other Americans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Statues of supernatural beings called Yakshas who are traditionally considered the servants of Kubera (the God of wealth) are found at the entrance of the Reserve Bank of India rbi.org.in
In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey to attract flies away from the pharaoh. creatinghistory.com/pharo…
Today I learned about the legend of Wan Hu, a supposed Chinese man who became the β€œfirst astronaut” in 2000BC by tying 47 firework rockets to a chair. Dressed in regal splendour, he had 47 servants light each of the rockets and then took off as they ran for cover. When the smoke cleared, he was gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
In ancient Rome, clairvoyants acted as civil servants. Augures, or auspices, interpreted the signs of birds to determine whether the gods favoured everything from elections, wars, even whether or not to hold certain ceremonies. Nothing could move forward without the auspices approval. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
Today I learned about the Blue Diamond Affair, which began with a Thai servant stealing valuable jewels from the Saudi Royal Family and taking them back to Thailand in 1989, then became a series of unsolved crimes, which have soured Thai and Saudi relations for 31 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Queen Victoria had a platonic relationship with her Indian servant (Abdul Karim) and promoted him as her "Munshi" (teacher). He became her closest confidant and due to the attention and benefits he gets from the queen, he had conflict with almost everyone in the Royal Household. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
Today I learned about the first robot. The servant of Philon was an ancient Greek humanoid figure capable of automatically filling a wine cup when placed in its hand. It accomplished its task using a pneumatic system that was very advanced for its time. kotsanas.com/gb/exh.php?e…
After ordering multiple massacres, Zhang Xianzhong had his few remaining loyal servants carve a stele to explain his actions. The stele read: "Heaven Brings Forth Numerous Things to Nurture Man. Man Has Nothing Good With Which To Recompense Heaven. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
The Japanese Imperial Family has a staff of more than 1,000 people (47 servants per royal). 30 gardeners, 25 chefs, 40 chauffeurs as well as 78 builders, plumbers and electricians. The Emperor has four doctors on standby 24 hours a day, five men manage his wardrobe and 11 assists in Shinto rites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Before the invention of elevators, and for many years after, a building’s lowest floors were for the wealthy and the higher floors were for servants, storage or the poor. nyp.st/MyTrld
When Queen Elizabeth dies, her private secretary will convey the news to the Prime Minister and civil servants with the code phrase "London Bridge is down" using secure phone lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During a negotiation with Portuagal in 1617, future Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba was not offered a chair, instead being offered a mat. This was an attempt to disrespect her, so she ordered her servant to get on the ground and then sat on her back during the negotiations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nzi…
Prince Charles's butler was instructed to hold a specimen bottle for him to urinate in, and has other servants put his toothpaste on his toothbrush. theguardian.com/uk/2002/n…
The Spanish Inquisition charged many people with sodomy. Of the accused, 19% were clergy, 18% soldiers and sailors, 6% nobles, 37% workers, and 19% servants. Almost all 500 cases were between an older man and an adolescent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
When you say "ciao" you are saying "I am your slave". From Italian ciao, from Venetian ciau ("I am your humble servant"), related to Italian schiavo, ("servant, slave"), from Medieval Latin sclavus ("Slav, slave"), from Latin Sclavonia ("Slavonia") a region where people were enslaved from. languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu…
Today I learned about the movie "Good Bye Holland". The film debunks the accepted notion that the Dutch were 'good' during the war, exposing how Dutch police and civil servants helped the Nazis implement massive deportations, which resulted in the death of 78 percent of the Jews in the Netherlands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned about Integrity Idol, a competition held in a few developing countries to find the most honest government officials. It aims to highlight honest officials and inspire a new generation to be more effective public servants. integrityidol.org/about/
Today I learned of Malik Mir Sultan Khan an Indian Chess grandmaster who was the servant to a king en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Lobster was so plentiful in the 1800s that Massachusetts servants demanded a clause in their contracts to prevent being fed it more than 3 times a week gma.org/lobsters/allabout…
At 13, Molly Kelly an Aboriginal girl was forcibly removed from her family and sent to a government institution to become a domestic servant. She escaped and walked 1000 miles home across the outback. From 1905-1971 Australian authorities forcibly removed thousands of indigenous children nytimes.com/2004/01/16/wo…
In the early days, Indian Thali's were only reserved for Royalty. Emperors would feast on the bountiful meal that was offered to them by the villagers and servants. Thali's were known as the β€œrich mans” food and only the elite and rich would feast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom in the 1830's; Observed as a holiday on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas-box. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
The original Brewster's Millions (1945) was banned in Memphis, TN because Brewster's African-American servant was "treated too well." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Men's and women's clothes button on opposite sides due to historical tradition where men needed quick access to their weapon using their right hand, while wealthy women were dressed by servants with the button configuration being flipped for easier access by the servants smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of a practice in Afghanistan that has older,wealthier men have young boys dance for them and used as servants and sex slaves. It is called Bacha Bazi which translates to "playing with boys." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…

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