Weird facts I didn’t know about the former world leaders
He led millions through the good times and the bad, but this former world leaders also kind of strange. From the kidnapping to the Olsen twins link, Check out some of the curious facts I didn’t know about some of the world’s most famous political figures.
Kim Jong Il once kinapped city
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il has become notorious for a lot of shady behavior. Among the weirdest turns: that time he kidnapped South Korean director and actress wife and forced them to provide a full range of films for him. According to the magazine Vanity Fair, everything that happened after that Kim is a huge movie buff, took the North Korean film industry. Dissatisfied with the quality of the industry, Kim managed to lure the South Korean director Shin Sang-ok in my country through a plan involving the abduction of shin and his wife, Choi Yeon Hee. Captive for years, Shen Shui and was eventually forced to pretend to play nice with Kim and in the film a number of movies together. The list included: the seventh and final collaboration, Pulgasari, weird, silly monster hit-movie Godzila. Kim was so pleased with what he felt was a masterpiece Let Shen shui to take a business trip to Vienna. Of course they fled to the American embassy shortly after their arrival.
Mikhail Gorbachev won a Grammy Award
Remember that time when President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize and a lot of people got mad because he had only just been elected? Well, that was nothing compared to the time when the former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev the most coveted award in the music industry in 2004. Yes, this year, Gorbachev took home a Grammy in the category of Best Spoken World Album for children his voice work on the recording of the Russian folk tale Peter and the Wolf. If that wasn’t funny enough: Gorbachev—who provided the opening narration and the conclusion to the album—sharing the prize with former President Bill Clinton, Oscar-winner Sophia Loren, who also participated in the project. Interestingly, Gorbachev did not actually attend the ceremony. Instead, he donated her fees to the Environmental Project, Green Cross International, according to the BBC.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s sister-in-law is the Olsen twins
Sarkozy’s family has made a name for itself among American millennium when Olivier Sarkozy, the brother of the former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy began dating former Full House star Mary-Kate Olsen in 2012. The relationship is Strange from the get go. He was French, he was American; he was 42, she was—Ah—25. But apparently it all worked out in the end. About three years after they began dating Sarkozy and Olsen marriage in a luxury hotel, if exotic, ceremony in New York City. According to the hilarious report from Page Six, guests are treated to “vessels of the vessels filled with cigarettes” which is just about the Frenchiest thing I’ve ever heard. A separate report from Us Weekly claimed that both families get along very well with each other, adding that even Sarkozy’s wife, Charlotte, is a fan of Mary-Kate. If somehow, the Olsen twins help lead to peace in the world, we officially get rid.
Nelson Mandela appeared in Spike Lee joint
Two years after his release from 27 years stay in prison, anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela is an important cameo in Spike Lee 1992 movie Malcolm X, Mandela, who became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, appears towards the end of the film, who read lines from Malcolm X’s famous 1964 speech at the founding rally of the organization of Afro-American unity in New York. According to Time magazine Nelson requested that does not read the most famous words of Malcolm X speech “by any means possible” because he did not want the South African government to believe that Mandela was a call to violence. As my solution in the end wound cut Malcolm X saying the lines, instead. Because damn it, why ever don’t listen to Nelson Mandela?
Napoleon Bonaparte wrote a romantic novel
French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte may be the most prominent figure in the French revolutionary wars, but did you know he was once a budding writer? According to reports, Napoleon actually wrote the manuscript of a romantic novel when he was 26-year-old soldier. The collection of short stories entitled Clisson et Eugénie, was said to be inspired by Napoleon’s relationship with Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary—or more importantly his brother Joseph’s wife. If you don’t laugh quite yet, check out this hilarious, melodramatic extracts obtained by the UK Telegraph: “I’m worried and unhappy,” Napoleon writes. “I feel numb. Come to me without delay. Just the sight of you treat me.” The Telegraph adds that the manuscript of the novel was found in Napoleon’s possessions after his death. Pages that have been grouped together and published for the first time in France in 2008. The first page of the manuscript sold in a 2007 auction just under $25,000.
Margaret Thatcher may have helped invent soft-serve ice cream
For decades, it was believed that the former prime minister of England Margaret Thatcher helped invent what is now known and likes to support a soft-serve ice cream. According to the many, many reports Thatcher helped to lay the ground work of the soft-serve formula while working in Britain J. Lyons & company, where she and a team of researchers found a way to reduce the costs of making ice cream by simply adding more air. Even Britain’s famous ice cream truck Mr. volatile, and Thatcher’s own song on the site. So what’s the problem then? Well, very shortly after Thatcher’s death in 2013, those smarty pants books in New York published a piece claimed Thatcher to participate in the invention of soft-serve ice cream was more of a legend to fall “between simplification and Legend.” Piece goes to the source of a number of facts and materials that are incompatible with the soft-serve legend like you know that soft serve is apparently a thing in the United States 10 years prior to her arrival to Britain. Anyway, it’s pretty cool to think?
Queen Elizabeth I love the gingerbread men
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Talking strong the British the food: it has long been believed that Queen Elizabeth I was a huge fan of gingerbread men and, in fact, set the tone for what now looks like today. According to an article published in the TV show, Elizabeth is actually the one who allegedly started decorating the gingerbread men in the first place. Looks like she used to decorate them—or let’s be honest it used to make its employees decorate them to look like the people who come to visit her. The legendary royal queen with a sweet tooth? Suddenly we don’t feel bad about cheating on our diet this week.