TIL In 1855, Queen Victoria pronounced ex-U.S. President Millard Fillmore to be the most handsome man she had ever seen.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/o0e3y2/til_in_1855_queen_victoria_pronounced_exus/

 

TIL that ancient Romans used dried and crushed mouse brains, urine, and ashes of hare and donkey teeth as toothpaste.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/m88sfc/til_that_ancient_romans_used_dried_and_crushed/

 

TIL Queen Elizabeth once hid in a bush with her corgis to avoid talking to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/nnffd6/til_queen_elizabeth_once_hid_in_a_bush_with_her/

 

TIL that Mark Twain served in a Confederate militia known as the Marion Rangers for a stint of two weeks before deserting. It is not known exactly why Twain quit the militia, but he defends his actions by claiming ignorance towards the politics behind the war.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/q3z8uh/til_that_mark_twain_served_in_a_confederate/

 

TIL Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, ran and won his campaign from prison. Once elected president, he released himself.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/ovv2d7/til_kwame_nkrumah_ghanas_first_president_ran_and/

 

TIL Genghis Khan killed so many people that he caused a “global cooling”    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/60acr6/til_genghis_khan_killed_so_many_people_that_he/

 

TIL that Michelangelo’s “David” isn’t human sized, but actually 17 feet tall    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/r2rljs/til_that_michelangelos_david_isnt_human_sized_but/

 

Today i learned Gadaffi invited 500 Italian models to a party, only to give them an hour lecture on Islam and a copy of the Qur’an each.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/mwqlxj/today_i_learned_gadaffi_invited_500_italian/

 

TIL That Hugo Boss, founder of Hugo Boss, was an active Nazi-party member. He remained loyal to the party throughout its existence and his company manufactured the SS uniforms.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/p4tqir/til_that_hugo_boss_founder_of_hugo_boss_was_an/

 

TIL during WW1, Germany used cow intestines to make Zeppelin airships, and made so many that it became illegal to make sausages, as it diverted cow intestines from the war effort. 250,000 cows were needed for each zeppelin!    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/qk18ls/til_during_ww1_germany_used_cow_intestines_to/