25 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Napoleon Bonaparte

Did you know that to this day it is illegal to name a pig “Napoleon” in France? These are 25 interesting things you didn’t know about Napoleon Bonaparte.

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His parents and close acquaintences called him by his nickname, Nabulio

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Perhaps not surprisingly, as a child he was very good at math but had aweful social skills and was very domineering

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It was suggested by his teachers that he join the military

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It was known that Napoleon had “Ailurophobia”, meaning he was afraid of cats.

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He is famous for his allegedly short stature, however he was about 1.70 m, an average height during those times

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The reason for the confusion could have been because the height recorded on his death was 5 ft 2 in French units...which translates to about 5 foot 6 today

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He also liked to surround himself with extremely tall soldiers from the Elite Guard which could have contributed to a short appearance

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It is still illegal to this day for anyone to name a pig Napoleon in France

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For this reason, if you read the book Animal Farm in French, the pig will be named Cesar instead of Napoleon

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For most of history, traffic kept to the left side of road. According to historians, Napoleon, for whatever reason, played a crucial role in shifting that paradigm throughout Europe

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Well, at least everywhere except the UK, which he never conquered

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Napoleon was famously beaten in chess by the Turk, a fake chess playing machine that actually had a person hiding inside of it. Napoleon didn't know that though.

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He would often dress in poor clothes and walk the streets of Paris asking people questions. This way he could judge how popular he was.

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His wife's real name was Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie

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Napoleon didn't like it so he renamed her Josephine

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She had two children from a previous marriage and her daughter ended up marrying Napoleon's brother on his request

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He thought that Josephine brought him good luck so he always carried a portrait miniature of her into battle

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Napoleon's last words were "France, army, head of the army, Josephine"

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It was Napoleon's army that first used canned foods

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For whatever reason it was said that he had an acute sense of smell

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He also apparently was terrified of open doors. Anybody entering the room had to squeeze through a barely adequate opening and then close the door immediately

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All of his meals were eaten quickly and in silence

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His favorite was roast chicken with fried potatoes and onions

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It has been said that he was a workaholic and he would only sleep 3 or 4 hours per night

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Napoleon allegedly wore a packet of poison on a cord around his neck. When he finally went to use it in 1814 it had lost its potency and only succeeded in making him violently ill

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