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brackett
6407.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:16 am Reply with quote

Josephine’s name was never Josephine, that’s just what napoleon named her. Her real name was Rose De Beauharnais.

Napoleon was often rude about Josephine, in one letter to a friend he mentioned that, “She has the prettiest little c*** in the world. the three islets of martinique are there.” (Deepest apologies for the rudeness.)

 
brackett
6408.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:18 am Reply with quote

As well as having a fan in Beethoven, Byron seemed to be a great admirer of Nap's.
When Napoleon was defeated in invading Europe, byron retreated into his room for 4 days. In his diary he wrote, “today I boxed an hour, wrote an ode to napoleon and ate six biscuits.”

 
brackett
6409.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:36 am Reply with quote

Napoleon did not care for balloons.

He simply did not see any advantages in Aerial observation. On his campaign to Egypt he did bring with him three balloons, however when they were destroyed in battle with the British forces, Nap decided that he had no more use for them – and disbanded the entire aerial unit.

5 years later his lack of care for balloons turned into outright hatred for them. Napoleon had crowned himself emperor in 1804. To celebrate this, André Garnerin sent a hydrogen balloon up over Paris. It was a big and wonderful balloon and it carried a great gilded crown into the sky. The very next day the balloon went down in Rome, right on the tomb of Nero. (Who in Napoleon’s opinion was one of the worst tyrants of all time), And this is where Garnerin's balloon had spookily laid Napoleon's crown to rest on! Napoleon was a suspicious man, and this was the ultimate omen.

This is why Napoleon did not care for Balloons.

 
brackett
6410.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:37 am Reply with quote

Some Napoleon nicknames:

Captain cannon
Greenhorn
The great sultan
The little corporal
Little Jacobin
Nabolione
Sultan El Kaber
Rabulioni
Alcoholic

 
RightOnBrother
432348.  Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:32 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Napoleon was left-handed.

s: NSC/LEH

Along with Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Raphael, Holbein, Klee, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great, Charlie Chaplin, Queen Victoria, Cole Porter, Marilyn Monroe, Ghandi, Jimi Hendrix, Billy the Kid, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler and The Queen Mother.



Billy The Kid was not, as widely believed, left handed.

The famous picture of Billy The Kid which shows a pistol holstered on his left hip was in fact reversed (given away by the buttons on his clothes). He was either ambidextrous or right-handed.

see: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Billykid.jpg

 
Arcane
432606.  Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:49 pm Reply with quote

That's QI RightOnBrother, and welcome to the forum by the way!

 

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