Severus Alexander, a generally meek emperor who ascended the throne at the age of 14, used to entertain himself by watching puppies play with little piglets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
In 897, 7 months after dying, Pope Formosus' rotting corpse was exhumed, propped on a throne, and put on trial for a variety of offenses. A deacon sat behind the corpse answering for it, and unsurprisingly the corpse was found guilty of all charges and punished by having three fingers cut off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The creators of the Game of Thrones TV series, Benioff and Weiss, had no prior experience in television and only limited experience writing movie scripts. Their original pilot episode was so poorly received at test screenings that HBO demanded that they re-shoot 90% of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Lady Jane Grey was the unofficial Queen of England for 9 days after Edward VI nominated her before his death since he didn’t want his Catholic sister, Mary I, to take the throne. She was beheaded by Mary I for treason britannica.com/biography/…
Historically, in Britain, committing adultery with the Queen-Consort (the King's wife) was legally considered "high treason" , as was adultery with the wife of the heir to the throne, and fornication with the monarch's eldest unmarried daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Bronn from Game of Thrones (Jerome Flynn), was part of a 90’s pop duo that earned three UK number one singles, and a 6x platinum album! youtu.be/r5V8ecsrxeY
Postboxes in the UK bear the 'royal cypher' (initials, basically) of the monarch on the throne at the time they are installed, and have done since Queen Victoria's reign - meaning you can very roughly ascertain how old a postbox is just by looking at it postalmuseum.org/blog/roy…
Mary Queen of Scots suspected of murdering her husband fled to England for help. Cousin Queen Elizabeth I, threatened by Mary’s claim to her throne, imprisoned her 19 yrs then beheaded her. Elizabeth had no children so Mary’s son ironically became first king over England, Scotland & Ireland history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned about the White Ship disaster that killed 300 people including the heir to the English throne, and sent England into a succession crisis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Irene of Athens was the Empress Regnant of the Byzantine Empire from 797 to 802. Pope Leo the 3rd claimed that women couldn't be the Holy Roman Emperor so the throne was actually vacant and proclaimed Charlemagne emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas Day 800CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
King Henry V survived being shot in the face by an arrow when he was the their to the throne. youtube.com/watch?v=pppnM…
Henry Lloyd, who played Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, is Charles Dickens' great-great-great grandson. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
That, of the seven Kings of Saudi Arabia, the most recent six were all sons of the first, King Abdulaziz (born 1875), the throne passing brother to brother since his death in 1953 through agnatic seniority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
There was an Unaired Game of Thrones Pilot that Featured Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys youtube.com/watch?v=zvbDI…
Today I learned of Throne of Blood, a retelling of Macbeth set in Feudal Japan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Kira Roessler (bass player for punk band Black Flag) is an Emmy-winning dialogue/ADR editor (Game of Thrones, John Adams). emmys.com/bios/kira-roess…
When John Balson started off as a butcher in Dorset in 1535, Henry VIII was on the throne. Hundreds of years later, the Balson family continues to trade just a few streets away from where their first market stall was set up in Bridport. They are the oldest family business in UK. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
Today I learned of Ivaylo the "lettuce", a swineherd, who, frustrated with mongol raids on his lands, led a peasant army which defeated the Mongols and later the Bulgarian army, slaying the king and taking the throne. He defeated the mongols again and the byzantines 3 times, at one point fighting a 2 front war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upr…
Sun Quan, Emperor of Wu in ancient China, ordered his son Sun Ba to kill himself and exiled Sun He as he was fed up with their rivalry over the throne. He then made his youngest crown prince. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The actress that played Talisa Maegyr in Game of Thrones is the granddaughter of famous English actor Charlie Chaplin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oon…
Professional actor John Bradley (who portrayed Samwell Tarley in the TV adaptation of Game Of Thrones) had only graduated from drama school three months before landing his GOT role, which was also his first audition. winteriscoming.net/2011/0…
Emilia Clarke performed the funky chicken and robot dances at her Game of Thrones audition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emi…
In 2015 Queen Elizabeth visited the set of Game of Thrones and got a close look at the Iron Throne, but refused to take a seat because there's an old rule that says the Queen is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne. esquire.com/entertainment…
Korean-American Andrew Lee from California was inaugurated as Crown Prince in early 2018 by King Yi Seok, the nominal emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. He is the successor to the throne of his ancestor King Sejong, who created the Korean alphabet, Hangul. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Today I learned of Prince Frederick (1707-1751), the heir apparent to the British throne, who died at the age of 44. His cause of death was historically attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by blunt force trauma to the chest delivered by a cricket ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In September 1332 Edward Balliol, pretender to the Scottish throne, was attacked in the night by Scots rebels and narrowly escaped by riding bareback, naked from the waist down, all the way from Annan to Carlisle (about 18 miles). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
In the third episode of season four of Game of Thrones, the Meereenese rider who challenges Daenerys' champion was hurling abuses which actually were Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, such as "your mother was a hamster". theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Queen Elizabeth II has had a lifelong love for Corgi dogs. She was gifted her 1st Corgi, β€œSusan,” in 1944 for her 18th b-day. Since ascending to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth had over 30 Corgis, all descendants of her 1st Corgi Susan. The last descendant died 74 years later, in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The last Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (which went away after World War I), died in 2011 at the age of 98. Had he succeeded his father to the throne he would have reigned for 88 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Today I learned about Mandate of Heaven, theory in China, according to which the ruler must have the support of Heaven to rule. Moral rulers who care for their people gain the mandate. If a despot sits on the throne, the Heavens can withdraw it, which they signal through e.g. eclipses, floods, wars, plagues etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The king of the Netherlands worked as a pilot for a commercial airline even after assuming the throne. He would welcome passengers "on behalf of the captain and crew" in order avoid announcing his name. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage did not have to audition for their roles on Game of Thrones. They were specifically sought after to play Ned Stark and Tyrion Lannister respectively screenrant.com/actors-aud…
The "Cardinal King" Henry the Chaste of Portugal never expected the throne, as he was an elderly man vowed to celibacy, doomed without successors. He attempted to resign the clergy to produce an heir, but Spain pressured the pope to deny him. When Henry died, Spain annexed Portugal for 60 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Batman saves Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) and a "Little Boy" at the end of Batman Begins. That little boy is Jack Gleeson who later played King Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Franz Ferdinand never ascended to the throne but was inspector general of all the armed forces of Austria-Hungary, which included presumed command in wartime. His assassination, along with the arms race, nationalism, imperialism, militarism, and the alliance system all contributed to WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Kit Harrington showed up to his "Game of Thrones" audition with a black eye after getting into a fight at McDonald's the night before. His performance was so good the casting director didn't even notice. insider.com/game-of-thron…
After Japan's surrender in WW2, Emperor Hirohito was not prosecuted for war crimes as many other leading government figures were. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur insisted that he retain the throne. MacArthur saw the Emperor as a symbol of the continuity and cohesion of the Japanese people. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirohi…
GyΓΆrgy DΓ³zsa a small noble, led a peasant revolt in 1514 in Hungary, when he was captured he was forced to sit on a heated iron throne, wear a red hot crown and scepter and had his flesh ripped and fed to other revolutionary peasants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%…
George RR Martin (Game of thrones author) coined the term Metahuman (DC Comics) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Lily Allen wrote a song dissing her brother Alfie in 2007, criticizing him for his lazy behavior. Since then he's done well for himself best known for playing Theon Greyjoy in HBO's Game of Thrones. thehits.co.nz/spy/alfie-a…
Charles XII of Sweden was killed via shot to the head while besieging a Danish Fortress in 1718. Theories about who killed him range from enemy fire, to an assassin hired by an heir to the throne. He has been exhumed three times since his death, (most recently 1917) yet the mystery remains. wikipedia.org/wiki/Charle…
: When Queen Elizabeth visited the set of "Game of Thrones" she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because there is a law disallowing her from sitting on a foreign throne. esquire.com/entertainment…
Charles Dance (aka: Tywin Lannister of Game of Thrones) also voiced the character of Emhyr Var Emreis in the Witcher 3 game. wikipedia.org/wiki/Charle…
In the Ottoman Empire, they would lock away spare male heirs in a part of the Imperial palace called the β€œKafes” (β€œthe cage”), and put them under lifelong confinement, unless they succeeded the throne. This was to avoid a war of succession, and ensure the survival of the royal dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
In the Year of The Five Emperor's in 193 A.D, the Praetorian Guard sold the throne to the highest bidder. Didius Julianus, a wealthy senator bought it, and was assassinated 9 weeks later by a soldier. ancient.eu/Didius_Julianu…
Prince William and Prince Harry pulled a prank on their grandmother the Queen, by changing her voicemail answering message to say, "Hey wassup! This is Liz. Sorry I'm away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three." upi.com/The-Princes-voice…
Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, the first grandchild of Queen Victoria, was sixth in line to the British throne when he was born en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Nearly every tall, skinny, awkwardly moving horror monster was played by one guy. This includes the leper from It, the titular character from Mama, the Crooked Man from the Conjuring, and even one of the white walkers from Game of Thrones youtube.com/watch?v=2P1Gr…
The Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones are based on a real period of British History called the β€œHeptarchy” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hep…
Rory McCann ('The Hound', Game of Thrones) was incredibly anti-social until he learned that fellow actors in the show's group, the 'Brotherhood Without Banners' (Thoros, Lord Beric) were musicians, and formed a band called 'Brotherhood Without Banjos' with them. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
No Shōgun tried to usurp the throne, even when they had at their disposal the military power because the Shōgun received the power of the Emperor, as his symbol of authority, and a tradition tracing the imperial line from the "age of the gods" into an "eternal line unbroken by the times". wikipedia.org/wiki/Shōgun…
Prince Charles has been heir to the British throne for 67 years, making him the oldest and longest-serving heir in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom while she was staying at a treehouse in Kenya en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Metatron is known as 'the angel of the veil' and 'the highest of the angels'. His name is made up of two Greek words for 'after + throne', μΡτὰ θρóνος (meta thronos), taken together as "one who serves behind the throne" or "one who occupies the throne next to the throne of glory". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
When Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters broke his leg while performing, he designed a special "throne" that would allow him to play with his cast on rather than cancel their American Tour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Ottoman prince Cihancir, the youngest of Suleiman Magnificent's children, who upon learning their father killed the heir apparent to the throne, Mustafa, soon died of grief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
Prince William breaks royal protocol by flying with his children on the same plane. As direct heirs to the throne, his children should fly on a separate plane in case it crashes. uk.businessinsider.com/pr…
Ang Mey was one of few female rulers in Cambodia's history. Installed on the Cambodian throne by the Vietnamese, all Cambodian women were ordered to wear Vietnamese-style pyjamas and the market sold only Vietnamese food en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Over 100 imposters claimed to be Marie Antoinette's dead son. They did this as a Bourbon restoration was always possible, and a successful claimant could find himself on the throne of France. Riches, fame, and adulation also came to many imposters, thus encouraging others to come forward. history.com/news/louis-xv…
The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones is based on a real event called The Black Dinner in which the ten-year-old King James II of Scotland invited Earl William Douglas and his younger brother to a feast, during which he had them seized, taken from the hall and murdered. scotsman.com/read-this/th…
GyΓΆrgy DΓ³zsa was executed extremelly cruelly. They made him sit on a heated iron throne and wear a heated iron crown. Then they made his rebel soldiers bite and eat his flesh while priests were singing songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyo…
The director of Downfall is a big fan of the 'Hitler reacts' meme spawned by the film. He finds them funny and says they fit with the film's themes. He says "the point was to kick these terrible people off the throne that made them demons, making them real and turning their actions into reality" vulture.com/2010/01/the_d…
Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff's dad Stephen Friedman was former head of Goldman Sachs and Chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
King Sohuza of Swaziland was the longest ruling monarch of all time. He reigned for 82 years and 254 days (10 december 1899-21 august 1982). He had 70 wives and 210 children and assumed the throne at the age of 4 months after his father died suddenly while dancing. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Ramin Djawadi, the music composer for Game of Thrones & Westworld, has a condition called synesthesia - where he can "see" music. businessinsider.com/game-…
The Queen of England has a Champion and in the unlikely event that someone challenged her title to the throne he will fight for her. He is also The Standard Bearer of England and will stand with her should she decide to lead the army in a battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
George R.R. Martin made Game of Thrones show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff correctly guess the identity of Jon Snow's mother before he allowed them to adapt his novels ibtimes.com/game-thrones-…
The Iron Throne in the Game of Thrones TV Show is Vastly Different from the Book Version. It's uglier, larger, and sharper, making it very dangerous to sit on. youtube.com/watch?v=KHnpD…
Digimon, despite it's perception as a failed Pokemon competitor, s one of the highest grossing media franchises, exceeding Minecraft, Shrek, Game of Thrones, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Candy Crush, Friends, Assassin's Creed, and the Big Bang Theory with a gross profit of 6.36b dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Valyrian languages spoken in the TV show, Game of Thrones, was developed by linguist David J. Peterson based on the few words author George R. R. Martin put in the novels. The fully developed language now provides additional Valyrian translations to Martin for use in his forthcoming novels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
Games of Thrones’ original pilot was a flop and never aired (probably never will). There was major reshoots, Director replacement and cast changes including Emilia Clarke replacing Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Even after China's last Emperor abdicated at age five, he continued to live in the Forbidden City, with eunuchs and his imperial court where he was treated like a god. At age nine, a warlord restored him to the Dragon Throne for twelve days and Pu Yi announced he was emperor once again gbtimes.com/last-emperors…
Rose Leslie who plays Ygritte in Game of Thrones grew up in Aberdeen's Lickleyhead Castle, and is a descendant of Charles II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
King David established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago. When David took the throne, Egypt and Assyria were both on a significant decline. They were not in any position to expand and allowed Israel room to grow aish.com/jl/h/cc/48936837…
Wonderwall, Oasis' biggest selling UK Single, was kept off the top spot by Robson & Jerome. Jerome Flynn happens to be Bronn from Game of Thrones. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder…
Game of Thrones has the same budget ($10M/ep) as Friends ($10M/ep) independent.co.uk/arts-en…
During its last season, an episode of Friends cost as much to produce as an episode of Game of Throne (10 million dollars) independent.co.uk/arts-en…
"your mother is a hamster" and other lines from Monty Python and the Holy Grail were used in Game of Thrones rollingstone.com/movies/m…
The reason that Cersei and Bronn never appear in the same scene in "Game of Thrones" is that the actors used to date, had a terrible breakup, and now have stipulations in their contracts that they can't be made to act in the same scene together. maxim.com/entertainment/c…
The popularity of Game of Thrones has caused the number of abandoned huskies to dramatically increase due to the popularity of wanting to own a "direwolf". telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
Kit Harrington arrived to his Game of Thrones audition with a black eye after getting into a fight at McDonald's the night before eonline.com/ca/news/77630…
Harry Lloyd, the actor that played Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, is a great-great-great grandson of Charles Dickens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In Game Of Thrones, the Meereenese rider challenging Daenerys was actually saying a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults from "Monty Python And The Holy Grail". makinggameofthrones.com/p…
Over 4,500 babies were named after Game of Thrones characters in 2018 (excluding Jons and Jaimes). nbcnews.com/pop-culture/t…
George R.R. Martin proposed Westerosworld as part of a crossover with Westworld. It would be inhabited by sentient robot versions of the Game of Thrones characters. cbr.com/george-r-r-martin…
Merkabah mysticism or Chariot mysticism is a school of early Jewish mysticism, c. 100 BCE – 1000 CE, centered on visions such as those found in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 1, or in the heikhalot ("palaces") literature, concerning stories of ascents to the heavenly palaces and the Throne of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Despite making millions from "Game of Thrones" and "A song of Ice and Fire" series, George R.R. Martin has a modest lifestyle. He lives in a modest home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, eats at local restaurants, and welcomes fans who approach him and visit his town. yahoo.com/entertainment/-…
On August 27 1896 a 38 minute war occurred. A new sultan had claimed the throne in British controlled Zanzibar and was anti-British. The British told him to step down and when he didn't the British bombarded his palace until the Sultan surrendered 38 minutes later which ended the war. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Ramin Djawadi, the composer for Game of Thrones, has the sensory condition Synesthesia, which allows him to visualize and associate music with color. youtu.be/3Sj99Pc4q8c
King Pepy II came to the throne aged nine, and ruled until he was 100. It is said he had a great system for avoiding insects: he would cover a slave in honey. Flies swarmed to the slave and left Pepy in peace. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
There is still a Bonapartist claimant to the French throne even today descended from Napoleon's youngest brother Jerome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
During his early years, Peter the Great's half-sister Sophia cut a hole in the back of his throne and would whisper information and answers to him while he conversed with nobles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Sir John Harington (born 1560), known as the inventor of the flush toilet, is related to Kit Harington (born 1986) of Game of Thrones fame. It’s also why some people refer to the toilet as the β€˜john’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
From 1701 all the way until 2015 anyone who became a Roman Catholic, or who married one, became disqualified to inherit the throne of the British monarchy because Parliament wanted to safeguard the Protestant succession against what was perceived as foreign despotism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
King of Netherlands, Willem-Alexander served as a first officer on KLM flights for 21 years, even after his ascension to the throne. He was rarely recognized while in the KLM uniform and wearing the KLM cap. news.sky.com/story/dutch-…
The first weight-loss surgery was to the king of Leon, Spain during the 10th century. His morbid obesity made him lose the throne so his grandmother escorted him to Cordoba where a doctor sewed his lips shut, his food only coming from a straw. He lost half his weight and reclaimed the throne. sciencedirect.com/science…
When the Queen visited the GoT Cast, she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because "She is not allowed to sit on other thrones, fictional or otherwise". youtu.be/2enLWj3dVQw
Game Of Thrones showrunner David Benioff is one reason 2009’s Deadpool (in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) had no mouth, laser vision, and teleportation powers. vulture.com/2018/05/revis…
Today I learned about the false Dmitry, or even Dmitrys. Three pretenders who claimed to be the son of Ivan VI the Terrible and laid claim to the Muscovite throne. The first false Dmitry was killed in a coup, with the second even claiming to be the first false Dmitry who survived the attack. britannica.com/topic/Fals…

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