25 Craziest Things You Might Not Know About Kings

Posted by , Updated on November 26, 2015

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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
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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
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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
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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


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