A 1600s Croatian man was attempting to hang himself following the loss of his lover. However, the frayed leather strap he used as a noose snapped, and he was left unscathed. He refused to remove the strap from his neck, claiming it was a more civil expression of his sorrow. People were so fascinated by this man's trendiness that they, too, began wearing these dangling neck straps. Thus came the invention of the necktie.
More comfortable than a business tie (Image Source).
Edward "Blackbeard" Teach actually had a red beard. However, being a closet-poet, the lack of alliteration in "Redbeard" perturbed him so much so that he dyed his beard black using stachybotrys, a toxic black mold. He was later killed by a firearm before the mold could take its effects.
Yar! I just plundered the booty of Bean-Hard Blacksmith.
You've probably never heard of him (Image Source).
The Paint Creek Mine War of 1912 was the result of a simple misunderstanding regarding the Code 4109 Regulation. It was mistakenly thought that the newly imposed labor laws applied to miners rather than minors.
There was actually a man nicknamed Cotton-Eyed Joe. In 1863, a gentleman by the name of Joseph Merril fought for the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg. He lost his left eye when he came in contact with shrapnel from cannon fire. To stanch the bleeding and prevent infection, Joseph tore off a piece of his cotton tunic and filled the gap. Hence came the name: Cotton-Eyed Joe.
Potpourri was invented in 17th Century France when regent Marie de' Medici was so fed up with Louis XIII soiling his undergarments during council meetings that she resorted to stuffing his drawers with decaying flowers to mask the embarrassing odor.
The wincing of his mid-meeting poops were often misinterpreted
as distaste for newly proposed laws (Image Source).
Immediately following the conquest of Constantinople, Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, sat upon what he presumed was the former throne of Palaiologos. However, to his surprise, he was in fact sitting upon a leg rest. Henceforth, leg rests that double as chairs have adopted the name 'ottomans'.
Mehmed II was not known for his seated elegance (Image Source).
Snow is an accumulation of bird urine and jet fuel that's absorbed by clouds. Upon freezing, it gains enough density to journey back down to Earth.
"Obi Wan Kenobi" is the pronunciation of the common Latin phrase, "He who stares at stars."
It's the Little Dipper; not the big Dipper!
Are you prepared to back up your insolence in a duel?