A Mexican general literally had a leg up during his presidential run.
If the current U.S. presidential race seems bizarre, it’s not the first case of extremes. In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna lost his leg after it was shattered by canon fire during a battle with the French army. He used that “opportunity” to reenter politics and campaigned by waving his prosthetic leg around after having an elaborate funeral for the severed leg – speeches, poems, gun salute and a funeral procession. He became president five times.
The best selling erotic novel of the 15th century was written by a pope.
Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, otherwise known as Pope Pius II, reigned from 1458-1464. Before he beame the pope, he was also the author of “The Tale of the Two Lovers,” which was extremely popular in its day and is still read today. To be fair, it’s far from what one might classify as sordid, such as this following excerpt:
This lady was taller than the others. Her hair was long, the colour of beaten gold, and she wore it not hanging down her back, as maidens do, but bound up with gold and precious stones. Her lofty forehead, of good proportions, was without a wrinkle, and her arched eyebrows were dark and slender, with a due space between. Such was the splendour of her eyes that, like the sun, they dazzled all who looked on them; with such eyes she could kill whom she chose and, when she would, restore the dead to life. Her nose was straight in contour, evenly dividing her rosy cheeks, while nothing could be sweeter, nothing more pleasant to see than those cheeks which, when she laughed, broke in a little dimple on either side. And all who saw those dimples longed to kiss them. A small and well-shaped mouth, coral lips made to be bitten, straight little teeth, that shone like crystal, and between them, running to and fro, a tremulous tongue that uttered not speech, but sweetest harmonies. And how can I describe the beauty of her mind, the whiteness of her breast?