Page 6 - History Facts

van Gogh actually only lost his earlobe, not his whole ear.

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists to ever live.

Unfortunately for him, he only gained fame after his death, selling only one painting his entire life!

Van Gogh was a pretty emotionally tortured person. He went through fits of extreme depression and anxiety, and even tried to kill himself by drinking lead paint.

Perhaps what sets him apart from other artists, more than anything, is the story about cutting off his own ear.

The story goes that van Gogh cut off his own ear and gave it to a prostitute at a brothel for safe-keeping.

This was all after a fight he had with his friend and fellow artists Paul Gauguin, where van Gogh went after him with a razor. But the story has been somewhat exaggerated throughout the years.

Van Gogh only lost his earlobe, and now people aren’t even sure he did it himself. It’s likely that the ear was injured by Gauguin during their fight, perhaps by fencing sword, and van Gogh lied to protect his friend.


Shakespeare may have smoked pot!

Some of his metaphors are starting to make a lot more sense now, aren’t they?

The clay pipe fragments from Shakespeare’s Startford-upon-Avon home were inspected by Inspector Tommie van der Merwe of the South African Police Service’s Forensic Laboratory. In them, there were trace amounts of cocaine and myristic acid-a hallucinogentic derived from plants like nutmeg, and cannabis.

Shakespeare may not have been a closeted druggie either. Several of his more personal poems reference drugs. For example, his Sonnet #76 is known as the “noted weed” sonnet. Other historical treasures that may have gotten high at one point or another: George Washington and Queen Victoria.


The first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant won in 1945, but was asked to change her name to something less Jewish

It’s no easy task to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. It’s even harder to win.

Only one Jewish woman has ever won the Miss America Pageant. This poetically came in 1945, the same year that WWII ended, and anti-Semitism was at an all-time high.

The woman was Bess Myerson, the contestant from New York.

Pageant director Lenora Slaughter actually requested that she change her name to one less Jewish-sounding.

It was just four years earlier that the first Native American woman won the pageant, too.

Three years later and the first Hispanic woman would claim the prize, also being the first ever Miss Puerto Rico. Clearly this was a fairly progressive time for the pageant!

The most recent “first” would be Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, as the first Indian-American to win. This came in 2014.

The same year, Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa, became the first contestant born without part of one arm, and Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, became the first Miss America contestant to display tattoos in the swimsuit competition.


Some awesome lists!

Of all the harships the Jewish community has faced, being in India was not one of them!

The Jewish people have had their fair share of turmoil and atrocities throughout history.

From the legendary enslavement by the Egyptian pharaohs to the unthinkable holocaust of World War II, there seem to be very few geological places where the Jewish community was safe—except for India.

Until the colonial period of India Jewish life was worry free and prosperous.

It wasn't until the Portuguese arrived in 1498 that intolerance was introduced to the land. The thought of hating a people due to their religion or race was an alien concept for India.

The Office of the Inquisition at Goa was established which persecuted Jews. It has been the only time an instance of anti-Semitism has occurred on Indian soil.

Luckily, they thrived again under Dutch rule from 1663 to 1795, but once again fell victim to hatred and downfall when the British took over the Indian colonies from 1797 to 1948.

The “Indian golden age” ended with British rule and the economic well-being of the Indian Jewsish people vanished.


Ninjas are soon going to become officially extinct.

I don’t know what is more of an OMG Fact: that ninjas still exist, or that they're about to become a thing of the past. Now, there is only one ninja grandmaster, Jinichi Kawakami. He is the 21st head of the Ban Family, one 53 that was part of the Koka Ninja clan.

He was trained in ninjitsu as a little kid. He learned how to walk quietly, how to break into a house, how to make explosives and mix medicines, among other skills.

However, his skills will probably die with him. He has decided to not select an heir to pass the clan's secret scrolls to. This means that even though some people might learn a few ninja techniques, the ninja clans of the past will be officially forgotten.



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