I bet you didn't know that...

I bet you didn't know that...

Today is the last day of our time travelling half term events at Selly Manor! Throughout the week, our visitors have visited the Romans, the Egyptians, the Tudors and more with our trail; made awesome time traveller watches, Viking helmets and Tudor roses; dressed up in loads of cool historical outfits; and dug for treasure at our archaeological dig station.

This week we have heard some amazing historical facts from lots of our little time travellers. They inspired us to share some weird and wonderful facts to celebrate the end of half term for us here at Selly Manor.

Check out some of our favourite historical facts below:

  1. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey to keep flies away from the Pharaohs.
  2. At the height of his popularity, Charlie Chaplin entered a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition in San Francisco. He only came in 20th place.
  3. All British tanks since 1945 have included equipment to make tea.
  4. The town of Salem in New Jersey held a trial against tomatoes in 1820 because of the common belief that they were poisonous.
  5. In 1740, a group of Catholics in Bavaria founded a secret society called the Order of the Pug. New members had to wear dog collars and scratch at the door to get in.
  6. Henry VIII hired ‘grooms of the stool’ whose job it was to wipe his bottom. During his reign, he had four people do this job, all of whom were knighted as a consequence.
  7. Before Abraham Lincoln became a politician, he was a wrestler. He participated in over 300 fights and only lost one match in his career. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame in 1992.
  8. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
  9. Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic Sport.
  10. Instead of saying 'cheese, people used to stay 'prunes' when their picture was being taken.
  11. Romans used urine as mouthwash as it contains ammonia, one of the best natural cleaning agents on the planet.
  12. The current U.S. flag was designed by 17-year-old Robert Heft for a school project. He only received a B-.
  13. While at Cambridge University, Lord Byron kept a pet bear in his dorm room.
  14. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine for indigestion.
  15. Roman Emperor Caligula loved his favourite horse so much he made him a senator. 

We hope you have learnt something new today – happy Friday!