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The 6 Most Jaw-dropping Facts About Pirates

Pirates once held Julius Caesar for ransom. After that, he tracked down and crucified every single one.


When travelling across the Aegean Sea, Caesar was kidnapped by pirates. As ransom, the pirates demanded twenty talents. Caesar laughed at them because they didn’t know who he was, and suggested they ask for fifty talents instead. He was held for 38 days during which time he wrote poems and speeches which he read aloud. 

Those who didn’t appreciate what he was saying he called “illiterate Barbarians.” Laughingly, Caesar threatened to kill them all. After his random came, he was set free. Immediately, he manned numerous vessels, sought after the pirates, and caught them almost immediately. They were all imprisoned and crucified. So if there’s anything to take away from this, it’s that nobody messes with Julius Caesar. Except Brutus, Cassius, and 58 other people. 

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In Egypt, actors were not allowed to testify in court because they were seen as professional liars


Today, professional actors are renowned for their talent and celebrity. They're worshipped by fans and stalked by paparazzi. However, back in Egypt, professional actors were equivalent to professional liars. In fact, historical views of actors often saw their work as disreputable.

Audiences had a hard time distinguishing between the illusion of acting and real life. As such, actors in Egypt were not allowed to testify in court. As "professional liars," they could easily dupe the judge and wreak havoc on the system.

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In the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a military officer ordered his men to shoot three people caught in a burning hotel so they wouldn't burn alive!


In the early morning of April 18, 1906, a powerful earthquake rocked San Francisco. The quake ruptured multiple gas lines and set the city ablaze. One of the many fires caught the Windsor Hotel, which stood on Fifth and Market Streets. Three men were tragically caught on the roof of the burning hotel.

There was seemingly no way to get them down, and onlookers believed they would fall through the collapsing roof and be burned alive. Rather than have this happen, a nearby military officer ordered his men to shoot them and thereby give them a more humane death. The men were shot in the presence of nearly 5,0000 onlookers.

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The first and last people who died building the Hoover Dam were father and son. They died 13 years apart to the day!


The Hoover Dam is an American landmark and engineering feat. It stands 726 feet high and is about 660 feet thick at it's concrete base and about 45 feet thick at it's top. Millions travel every year to the Arizona-Nevada border to marvel at it's enormity.

Such a structure does not come into existence without a price though. The dam was built between 1931 and 1936. It took around 10,000 men to complete it, and over 100 of these men died during construction.

The first to die was J.G. Tierney, a US Bureau of Reclamation employee who fell to his death in the Colorado River on December 20, 1922. Exactly 13 years later on December 20, 1935, Tierney's son, Patrick, became the last person to die during construction when he fell from an intake tower.

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The band Muse won a lawsuit against Nestle, then donated 100% of the proceeds to charity


Muse is an English rock band that formed in 1994. The band is made up of school mates Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard.In 2001, the band released their second studio album "Origins of Symmetry," which included the song Feeling Good.

Nestle wanted to use this song in a coffee commercial but the band refused to give them permission. Nestle used the song anyway, and Muse successfully sued them for 500,000 pounds. The band then donated 100% of this money to the charity Oxfam and various charities near their hometown of Teignmouth.

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