25 Craziest Things You Might Not Know About Kings

Posted by , Updated on November 26, 2015

Why are we obsessed with royalty? What is it about the royal family that makes the British so crazy? But even the rest of the world gets in on the royal frenzy. Why? There is something innately appealing about people who are seen as “superhuman”. Just one look at our culture would tell you that we love to idolize people. Movies, songs, sports…it’s all about famous people and what they’re doing and what they might do and what they could have done. We are obsessed with them. But that hasn’t changed. We have an innate desire to do that. Even if nobody wanted to be king, humans would pick someone and elevate him or her to the position of “royalty”. It is the way we are. We want celebrities and famous people in our lives. And that is one of the many reasons that royalty has survived until this day. We haven’t let it die because we want it. We want to hear about the royal baby, the royal marriage, and the royal family feud. And although people today more or less figuratively worship their royalty, in the past they did so quite literally. These are 25 Craziest Things You Might Not Know About Kings.

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After King Louis XIV was offered biological weapons by a chemist, he rejected them and paid the chemist to never sell them to anyone else

After King Louis XIV was offered biological weapons by a chemist, he rejected them and paid the chemist to never sell them to anyone elseSource: The Know It All, AJ Jacobs, Image: wikipedia
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At 16, King Henry V was hit by an arrow in the face during a battle. He said he would "rather continue fighting than stain his reputation"

At 16, King Henry V was hit in by an arrow in the face during a battle. He said he would "rather than stain his reputation"Source: luminarium.org, Image: wikipedia
23

Akihito, the Emperor of Japan is the only remaining monarch on Earth with the title of "Emperor"

Akihito, the Emperor of Japan is the only remaining monarch on Earth with the title of "Emperor"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
22

When Napoleon III invited the King of Siam to dinner, he ate with gold cutlery while the King of Siam ate with aluminum cutlery. This was no offense though. Back then aluminum was worth significantly more than gold

When Napoleon III invited the King of Siam to dinner, he ate with gold cutlery while the King of Siam ate with aluminum cutlery. This was no offense though. Back then aluminum was worth significantly more than goldSource: bigthink.com, Image: wikipedia
21

Poland was once ruled by a king nicknamed "The Strong" (Augustus II) because he could break horseshoes with his bare hands and his favorite sport was fox tossing, which is exactly what it sounds like

Poland was once ruled by a king nicknamed "The Strong" (Augustus II) because he could break horseshoes with his bare hands and his favorite sport was fox tossing, which is exactly what it sounds like itSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

20

Unlike most other writing systems, the Korean script was the deliberate invention of a single monarch, King Sejong in 1443

Unlike most other writing systems, the Korean script was the deliberate invention of a single monarch, King Sejong in 1443Source: bbc, Image: wikipedia
19

The doctor to King George V gave him a lethal dose of morphine so that his death could be announced in the prestigious morning papers rather than the less reputable evening journals

The doctor to King George V gave him a lethal dose of morphine so that his death could be announced in the prestigious morning papers rather than the less reputable evening journalsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
18

Since the president of France is the co-prince of Andorra, this makes Andorra the only nation on Earth with a democratically elected monarch

Since the president of France is the co-prince of Andorra, this makes Andorra the only nation on Earth with a democratically elected monarchSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

King Darious III of Persia offered Alexander the Great the equivalent of $1 billion USD to surrender. Alexander turned it down and proceeded to plow through Persia

King Darious III of Persia offered Alexander the Great the equivalent of $1 billion USD to surrender. Alexander turned it down and proceeded to plow through PersiaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

When Gandhi once went to meet the King of England wearing only a loincloth he was asked whether he felt underdressed. He replied that the King wears enough clothes for the both of them

When Gandhi once went to meet the King of England wearing only a loincloth he was asked whether he felt underdressed. He replied that the King wears enough clothes for the both of themSource: zenhabits.net, Image: wikipedia
15

When French soldier Jean Bernadotte showed kindness to several Swedish soldiers, Sweden decided to make him king. To this day the House of Bernadotte rules in Sweden.

When French soldier Jean Bernadotte showed kindness to several Swedish soldiers, Sweden decided to make him King. To this day the House of Bernadotte rules in Sweden.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

When the Weibertreu Castle in Germany was defeated in 1140, King Konrad III let the women leave the castle with whatever they could carry. They left carrying the men on their backs. King Konrad III stayed true to his word and let them live.

When the Weibertreu Castle in Germany was defeated in 1140, King Konrad III let the women leave the castle with whatever they could carry. They left carrying the men on their backs. King Konrad III stayed true to his word and let them live.Source: pitt.edu, Image: wikipedia
13

Many French and British kings often had very open affairs. The children of these affairs were called royal bastards and often received money and land.

Many French and British kings often had very open affairs. The children of these affairs were called royal bastards and often received money and landSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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When King of France, Jean II, was a prisoner in England, the English let him return to France in order to collect ransom in exchange for holding his son. Although his son escaped, the King returned to England citing his honor.

When King of France, Jean II, was a prisoner in England, the English let him return to France in order to collect ransom in exchange for holding his son. Although his son escaped, the King returned to England citing his honor.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
11

King Mithridates VI of Greece tried to poison himself but failed because he had developed immunity over the course of his reign

King Mithridates VI of Greece tried to poison himself but failed because he had developed immunity over the course of his reignSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

King George VI was shocked when he visited South Africa in 1947 because he was instructed to only shake hands with white people. He even called his bodyguards the "gestapo"

King George VI was shocked when he visited South Africa in 1947 because he was instructed to only shake hands with white people. He even called his bodyguards the "gestapo"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
9

Maria Letizia Ramolino is known as the "mother of monarchs". Her kids included Napoléon (Emperor of France), Joseph (King of Spain), and Louis (King of Holland)

Maria Letizia Ramolino is known as the "mother of monarchs". Her kids included Napoléon (Emperor of France), Joseph (King of Spain), and Louis (King of Holland)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

King Harald of Norway (still King as of this writing) made a vow to remain single unless he could marry Sonja Haraldsen, the daughter of a clothing merchant. She eventually became queen.

King Harald of Norway (still King as of this writing) made a vow to remain single unless he could marry Sonja Haraldsen, the daughter of a clothing merchant. She eventually became queen.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

After King Kamehameha of Hawaii was smacked on the head by the paddle of a frightened fisherman during a battle, he did more than just spare the fisherman's life. He passed something called the "law of the splintered oar". This law still stands today in Hawaii and protects civilians in times of war

After King Kamehameha of Hawaii was smacked on the head by the paddle of a frightened fisherman during a battle he did more than just spare the fisherman's life. He passed something called the "law of the splintered oar". This law still stands today in Hawaii and protects civilians in times of warSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

Bluetooth technology was named after Harald Bluetooth, the King of Denmark and Norway because just like Harald united the two kingdoms, bluetooth technology was intended to unite wireless devices

Bluetooth technology was named after Harald Bluetooth, the King of Denmark and Norway because just like Harald united the two kingdoms, bluetooth technology was intended to unite wireless devicesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

When egyptologists realized that the mummy of Ramesses II was deteriorating it was flown to Paris for examination. Ramesses II was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "king (deceased)"

When egyptologists realized that the mummy of Ramesses II was deteriorating it was flown to Paris for examination. Ramesses II was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "king (deceased)"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

King Leonidas was 60 years old when he fought Xerxes

King Leonidas was 60 years old when he fought XerxesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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King Olav V of Norway used to travel around using public transportation. Not surprisingly he was nicknamed folkekonge, or "the people's king"

King Olav V of Norway used to travel around using public transportation. Not surprisingly he was nicknamed folkekonge, or "the people's king"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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King George I of England didn't speak English because he was born in Germany. Since catholics were not allowed to succeed a monarch in England, he became King since he was the closest living relative of the Queen

King George I of England didn't speak English because he was born in Germany. Since catholics were not allowed to succeed a monarch in England, he became King since he was the closest living relative of the QueenSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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King Charles VI of France thought he was made of glass (probably because of stress)

King Charles VI of France thought he was made of glass (probably because of stress)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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