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1 WTF History on Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:27 pm

One for Star Wars fans...

The US military installed a nuclear-powered town under the Greenland glacier called Camp Century, which inspired Hoth in the Empire Strikes Back.

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2 Re: WTF History on Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:28 pm

One for Monty Python fans...

In 490 BC Cynegeirus and his brothers Aeschylus and Ameinias fought to defend Athens against Darius's invading Persian army at the Battle of Marathon. According to Plutarch, Cynegeirus was one of the Athenian Generals.[2]

Despite their numerical superiority, the Persians were routed and fled to their ships. The Athenians pursued them, and Cynegeirus in his attempt to hold on the stern of a Persian ship with his bare hands had his hand cut off with an axe and died.[3][4][5] According to another version of his death, recorded by the Roman historian Justin, when Cynaegyrus lost his right hand, he grasped the enemy's vessel with his left, but Persians cut off this hand too. Here the hero, having successively lost both his hands, hangs on by his teeth, and even in his mutilated state fought desperately with the last mentioned weapons, " like a rabid wild beast!"[6]

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3 Re: WTF History on Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:42 pm

A Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh was published in 1960. Alexander Lenard, the translator, was a physician, painter, musician and poet but he is most famous for Winnie Ille Pu, the only Latin book to become a New York Times best seller – it remained on the NY Times list for 20 weeks.

How many copies would it sell today I wonder?

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4 Re: WTF History on Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:09 pm

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