During the 1937 Japanese invasion of China, two Japanese officers had a contest to see who could most quickly kill 100 people with a sword. Both officers exceeded their goal so neither was deemed the winner. They then decided to redo the contest to kill 150. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of a sword found in the River Witham in 1825 with a mysterious 18-letter inscription that has stumped researchers and caused the British Library to ask readers to help crack the code. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Seneca once sat through the half time at a gladiatorial fight, the time when the bloodiest spectacles usually took place. He expected staged fights with blunt swords but instead described the specacle as "plain butchery", and adviced his friend never to attend the games en.wikisource.org/wiki/Se…
Viggo Mortensen would not have taken the part of Aragorn in LOTR had it not been for his 11 year old son's enthusiasm for the books. He performed his own stunts insisting he used a real steel sword and he also purchased the two horses, whom he rode and bonded with over the duration of the films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Swordfish once had 2 swords ( 1 on top jaw 1 on bottom jaw ) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xip…
Disney Recycled Movie Scenes. Examples: Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, The Sword the n the Stone, Beauty and the Beast... screenrant.com/disney-mov…
Of the Mordhau technique in historical swordsmanship, where you turn your sword into a hammer and obliterated your opponents skull with the hilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
In 1968 Ivan Sutherland and his student Bob Sproull created the first VR / AR head mounted display (Sword of Damocles) that was connected to a computer and not a camera. It was a large and scary looking contraption that was too heavy for any user to comfortably wear. vrs.org.uk/virtual-realit…
After the fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted in 2009, he forged his own sword out of iron and pieces of meteorite. He humorously said that he was frustrated knights were not allowed to carry around swords anymore due to knife crime laws in the UK. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Author Robert Howard created Conan the Barbarian and invented the entire 'sword and sorcery' genre. He took care of his sickly mother his entire adult life, never married and barely dated. The day his mother finally died, he he walked out to his car, grabbed a gun, and shot himself in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Renaissance sword fighting actually used geometry in sword techniques. northernrenaissance.org/t…
8-yr-old Saga Vanecek found a 1,500-yr-old sword when wading in a lake in Sweden. She pointed it up to the sky and called out, β€œDaddy, I’ve found a sword!” She was bummed when her dad made her give the sword to the local museum and said she was raising money to make a sword replica for herself. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
After 25 years of wondering about a strange dip in the floor beneath his couch, a man in Plymouth, England finally dug down into his home's foundation and found a medieval well 33 feet deep, along with an old sword hidden deep inside. aol.com/2012/08/30/colin-…
The original code names for the British beaches on D-Day were: Gold, Sword, Jelly and Band as in Goldfish, Swordfish, Jellyfish and Bandfish. Churchill disapproved of the name "Jelly" and renamed it "Juno". Band beach was not invaded; instead the troops landed on Sword. youtube.com/watch?v=5z-Cj…
Robert E. Howard created Conan the Barbarian at age 26 and committed suicide at age 30. He didn't live to see Conan become successful and is considered to be the father of sword and sorcery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Blackbeard was hit by 5 gunshots and 20 sword cuts during his last battle, still fighting on he was eventually strucken twice by a sword which killed him. history.com/.amp/news/bla…
Today I learned about Damascus Steel Swords a type of steel scientists don’t know how to exactly replicate due to the technique being lost to time. They were said to be tough, resistant to shattering, contain a resilient edge and even have nano tubes. They are characterised by a flowing water/teardrop pattern. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
There are several philosophical razors--not just Occam's Razor (simpler explanations are likely correct). One is called Newton's Flaming Laser Sword because it is, "Much sharper and more dangerous than Occam's Razor." It states that what cannot be settled by experiment ought not be debated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In 100BC, to spite the Romans, prisoners/slave of the second servile war refused to fight in the arena and killed each other quietly with their swords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
A man from Kansas challenged his wife from Iowa to a sword fight over custody dispute, asked the judge for a three-month delay in order to obtain Japanese samurai swords for combat, then was ordered to take a sanity test. nypost.com/2020/01/15/kan…
In 1775, Mass. farmer Samuel Whittemore, 78 and alone, fired upon British soldiers killing 3. Now out of ammo, he drew his sword to continue the fight. He was shot in the face, bayoneted multiple times, and left for dead. When found, he was trying to reload his musket. He died 18 years later. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
While filming the 1925 Ben-Hur the director split Italian extras based on fascist or antifascist factions to make the fighting more realistic. Real swords were removed from the scene to prevent things from getting too out of hand yahoo.com/entertainment/f…
Stairs go counter-clockwise because of castle defenses. Castle were defended from the top down and since most people are right-handed it gave an advantage to be able to hold the railing with your left and the sword with your right. lbc.co.uk/radio/special-s…
The US Air Force uses enormous anime-style swords to honor officers thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
Today I learned of Basil the Copper Hand, a 10th century Byzantine rebel leader who had his hand cut off by Byzantine authories. He later fashioned a copper hand holding a large sword for himself and started another rebellion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
A Disneyland guest attempted to pull the entire "Excalibur" sword from the stone (displayed in front of the "King Arthur Carousel") when his friend said he'd win a prize if he pulled it out. The man succeeded in breaking off the top portion of the sword. wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-…
To avoid being conscripted by the Roman Army, some men would cut off their thumbs so that they couldn’t wield a sword. By the end of the fourth century, conscription avoidance was so widespread that Emperor Theodosius passed a law that forced the thumb-less to serve. historyextra.com/period/r…
Tolkein's Lord of The Rings trilogy has a word count of 481,103 words. In comparison, book 3 of another popular fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin called A Storm of Swords alone has a word count of 424,000 words. blog.fostergrant.co.uk/20…
Tycho Brahe, the famed Danish astronomer noted for the accuracy of his observations, had a pet elk who died after consuming too much beer and falling down the stairs. Brahe also lost part of his nose after a sword duel with his third cousin over which of them was the superior mathematician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyc…
The author that gave us "It was a dark and stormy night" also gave us "the almighty dollar" and "the pen is mightier than the sword". mprnews.org/story/2015/10…
A sword attributed to William Wallace needed its original scabbard, hilt and belt replaced in 1505 because the originals were reported to be made out of human skin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Last duel to occur between politicians in France occurred in 1967 between RenΓ© RibiΓ¨re and Gaston Defferre after Gaston insulted RenΓ© at French parliament and RenΓ© challenged Gaston to a sword fight. RenΓ© lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
In addition to his sword, Ex Calibur, legendary King Arthur also had a spear named Ron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Fazal Din VC, after being stabbed by a Japanese officer with a katana, snatched the sword from the officer and proceeded to kill him and two more Japanese soldiers before dying en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faz…
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II planned to hit Ugandan dictator Idi Amin over the head with a ceremonial pearl sword if he gatecrashed a Silver Jubilee church service telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The world premiere of Handel's Messiah sold so many tickets that the audience was asked to leave their swords and hooped skirts at home. Jonathan Swift thought it the piece was blasphemous and threatened to publicly forbid singers from St. Patrick’s Cathedral from participating. bsomusic.org/stories/5-th…
Today I learned about the sci-fi novel "Across the Zodiac" by Percy Greg published in 1880, notable for being the first instance of an alien language in an English novel, the first recorded instance of "astronaut", and the progenitor of the "sword-and-planet" genre of science fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
In the '80s Atari held a contest to promote its new title, Swordquest. There was 1 prize for each edition of the game and then the 4 winners would compete for the ultimate prize, The Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. The contest, however, was canceled in 1984 after Jack Tramiel purchased Atari. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Within London (UK) there is a small place called 'The City of London', with its own separate government, laws and police force. Ceremonially, the 'Lord Mayor of The City of London' (different from London's own mayor) will surrender the city's sword sword to the Queen, should she enter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
A Kansas man asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney in a trial by combat in order to settle their ongoing legal dispute. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned about Skarping, an extreme fishing sport where competitors waterski through Asian-carp-infested rivers armed with tridents, swords, and basketball hoops firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
The double-edged sword used by Thanos in Endgame was inspired by the ThanosCopter; a bright yellow helicopter with THANOS written on the tail that he piloted in early comics. webbedmedia.com/2019/05/0…
Today I learned about the Gordian Knot, a supposedly impossible knot to untie. An oracle declared that whomever opened the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great, unsuccessful at loosening the knot, simply sliced it in half with his sword, fulfilling the prophecy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Today I learned of the Sword of Goujian, a completely untarnished 2000-year-old sword that was found in an ancient Chinese tomb. It also has an unusual sharpness for its age. This is due to its unique copper composition and the air tight scabbard it was found in, keeping it sealed from the elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
Today I learned of the rex Nemorensis, a Roman priest dedicated to Diana. The office was only open to runaway slaves, and to become the new priest, the slave had to kill his predecessor: "accordingly the priest is always armed with a sword, looking around for the attacks, and ready to defend himself." penelope.uchicago.edu/~gr…
The last English knight to be publicly degraded (stripped of knighthood) was Francis Mitchell in 1628. He’d committed extortion. His spurs were broken and thrown out, his belt cut, and his sword broken over his head. He was called "no longer a Knight but Knave" and led to the Tower of London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The Masamune, a sword appearing in many JRPG's was a real sword. The Honjō Masamune represented the Togukawa Shogunate and was a Japanese National Treasure. In 1946, all swords were confiscated, and an American called "Sgt. Coldy Biltmore" took the sword. The sword is still missing today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Today I learned of the theft of the Worden Sword and fraud by Antiques Roadshow employees and the involvement of the FBI to recover a priceless stolen sword from the American Civil War youtu.be/lGe7dYlsEng

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