The shortest war in history

On August 25, 1896, the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate got in a fight over who should be the next sultan. The fight ended up becoming a war – which lasted around 38 minutes.

Churchill’s cigars

Winston Churchill was an avid cigar smoker. In fact, Churchill reportedly smoked 8-10 cigars each day. Once, Churchill dined with King Ibn Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia. The king did not allow any smoking in his presence, but Churchill refused to take a break from his cigar. He told the king that smoking was a sacred right to him, so the …

The Berners Street Hoax

Widely attributed to Theodore Hook, an English composer famous for his practical jokes, the Berners Street Hoax created a memorable ruckus in the streets of England.

Pilfering Poetry from his Dead Wife’s Grave

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, painter and artist born in 1828. Grief stricken upon the death of his wife and model, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Eleanor Siddal, he surreptitiously buried the only copy of his most recent manuscript-in-progress with her.