Famous politicians’ strange facts

Which historical figure had only one testicle? Who was president for less than an hour? Check out some strange, fun facts about famous politicians.

Both Hitler and Franco had only one testicle

Dr Johan Jambor, a Nazi medic, treated Adolf Hitler at the Battle of the Somme and confirmed that the Führer had lost one of his testicles. He also reportedly stated that Hitler asked him if he would still be able to have children.

The grand-daughter of the doctor that treated the Spanish dictator confirmed the same thing: Franco had lost one of his testicles in battle, after an injury to the lower abdomen.

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Nixon, the musician

Not one of the most beloved presidents in US history but did you know that Richard Nixon was an accomplished musician?

He could play the piano, the violin, the accordion, the clarinet, and the saxophone, and he even wrote his own concerto: Richard Nixon Piano Concerto #1 (not the most original name) which he played on American TV.

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Fear of cats

Lots of historical figures have had an irrational fear of cats.

Among them: Hitler, Mussolini, Julius Ceasar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon. According to research, they all suffered from ailurophobia, which can mean fear and/or loathing of cats.

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Nazi salute forbidden, for animals too

Did you ever see a person doing the Nazi salute? How about a monkey?

In Nazi Germany, “Heil, Hitler!” was the mandatory greeting in all public buildings… so an entertainer taught his chimpanzees to extend their arms in a Nazi salute every time they saw someone in uniform, to mock the Nazis. Of course, this led to another decree: forbidding apes from using the greeting -under penalty of death.

Nowadays, the salute is absolutely forbidden for everyone (people and animals) in Germany, and what that man did back then could be seen today as a way to normalize anti-semitic views. That’s exactly what happened to a Scottish man who taught his pug to do the salute; the video went viral but he had to stand trial.

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Caligula’s senator horse

Caligula was a very particular leader. He loved his horse so much that he wanted it to become one of his senators.

According to some historians, the Roman emperor loved Incitatus so much that he gave the steed a house and wanted it to be consul. But others think that it was just Caligula’s way to show his underlings that their work was so meaningless… even an animal could do it.

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Washington’s 9 deadly diseases

Poor George Washington suffered from nine deadly diseases. One of the most important figures in the history of the United States and one of the most beloved presidents, Washington had to fight many battles, some of them purely biological.

He suffered from diphtheria, tuberculosis, smallpox, dysentery, malaria, quinsy (tonsillitis), carbuncle, pneumonia, and epiglottitis. Many of these diseases could have killed him. In fact, his cause of death is reported as the latter (epiglottitis), followed by hypovolemic shock.

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Martin Luther King‘s romantic night in a funeral home

Not the most romantic wedding night in history.

Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott got married on June 18, 1953 in her family’s backyard. We’re talking about a time when there weren’t honeymoon suites that allowed African Americans to spend the night so the newlyweds had to settle for the back room of a funeral home owned by a friend.

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President for an hour

Pedro Lascuráin, Mexico’s 34th President, served for less than an hour (approximately 45 minutes) and then quit.

As foreign minister, he was next in line after a presidential resignation and that’s exactly what happened: Francisco Madero resigned and got Lascuráin to assume the presidency, appoint him as his interior minister and then resign himself, making his presidency the shortest in worldwide history.

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Jimmy Carter saw a UFO

Two years before becoming governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter reported seeing a UFO.

The year was 1969 and the soon to be president said that it happened while he was preparing to give a speech at a meeting. He described the object as being as bright as the moon; he also said that it changed color several times before going away.

What’s funny is that, even though Carter was planning on instituting a policy of openness regarding this subject, once elected he distanced himself from it, citing “defense implications”.

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