Historic Occurances that sound like Fiction but are real (With sources)

- Poland once conscripted a bear during the late times of WW2. Wojtek was a part of their supply and helped transport ammunition to the front. He would carry up to 100lbs of crates and get them where they were needed. This bear was not just a mascot. This bear was a Soldier. This bear was a Hero. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)) - Vesna Vulovic was the sole survivor of a crashing plain which was suspected to be sabotaged by former croatian nationalists. She holds the world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute at 10'160 meters (33'330 feet) [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovi%C4%87) - "Fighting Jack Churchill" was leutenant during the first World war who fought his way through the enemy with nothing but a claymore, a longbow and bagpipes. he would take over several outposts with far less men than the enemy possessed and beheaded up to three enemies in one swing. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill) - King Mansa Musa of the former Mali Empire gave away so much gold on his pilgramige to Kairo that he singlehandedly crashed the gold course by over 25% back in the 14th century. The gold course took 10 years to recover. [Source](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansa_Musa) - Ted Bundy escaped prison twice. His Second escape succeeded by simply taking one of the guard's uniforms and walking out of the front door. [Source](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy) - During world war 1, soldiers from german and brithsh troops committed to a truce during christmas without their superior's awareness or permission so they could celebrate the day. When it was found out, both regiments were moved to different fronts. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce) - While there is no definitive proofs of this one, many legends and passed down sayings tell that the architect in charge of the Jiayuguan's Great Wall at the pass calculated the exact amount needed to create the wall to be 99'999 bricks. His supervisor said if he miscalculates by so much as a single brick, all his workers would do 3 years of labor as punishment. The Wall was finished using 99'999 bricks, thought one stuck out as just being placed there. When the Supervisor wanted to punish the architect, thinking that one brick was unnecessary, the Architect told him it was crutial to balance the wall since the ground made it slightly asymmetric. The one brick is a tourist attraction today. [Source](https://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/culture/jiayuguan.htm) - Winston churchill was obsessed with cats. They were a part of his entire life and even his career. Rumor has it that one of his cats was named Mr. Cat. [Source](https://www.thegreatcat.org/cats-20th-century-history-sir-winston-churchills-cats/) - Operation Paul Bunyan. To Summarize: Some Americans were killed by North Korean forces for chopping down a tree at the Bridge of No Return. America and South Korea then retaliated. to show that you *do not fuck with the US*, America went back to finish cutting the tree with extra firepower. Specifically, America and South Korea sent a convoy of 23 vehicles and pover 140 men armed with rifles, grenade launchers, vehicle-mounted chain guns, chainsaws, some suicide vests and taekwondo-trained troops. They had 27 helicopters circling around them, 7 of who'm were attack choppers. They had B-52's flying overheads, escorted or accompanied by F-4s, F-5s, F-86s and F-111s. They moved a Carrier offshore just behind border. They had full infantry, artillery and Armor Divisions standing by, supported with warchoppers and heavy bombers. All that just to chop down a tree *and send a message* [Source)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_axe_murder_incident) - in 1518 a sudden Epidemic occured where every affected citizen of a French town started dancing uncontrollably and unstoppably and nearly dance'd itself to extinction through lethal fatigue induced by muscles stiffening from harsh cramps and overextersion. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_plague_of_1518) - in 1917 Germany returned Lenin to Russia with a train in hopes to inspire him to end the Russian's part of World war 1. Germany labeled lenin "The most dangerous weapon we ever had". They succeeded in the form of the Birth of the Sovjet Union. [Source](https://nationalpost.com/opinion/robert-fulford-how-germany-smuggled-the-most-grisly-of-weapons-vladimir-lenin-into-russia-by-train) - During the old times of Egypt, when they still worshipped cats, Persians had the idea to place hundreds of cats in their frontlines and coloured their shields and armorplates to have cats on them. So many Egyptian warriors refused to fight the cats that the persians won the battle. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pelusium_(525_BC)) - Australians once declared war on Emus to stop their overpopulation since it caused them to run amok in civilized regions. The Australians lost. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War) - *Vexations* by Erik Satie is the longest piano piece known. It consists of a 180 note composition which is repeated 840 times so the whole piece is over 18 hours long. On it's first recorded performance, the New York Times critic fell asleep and the audience dwindled down to 6 ear-masochists. When they finally finished, one sadomasochist shouted "**ENCORE**" [Source](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexations) - In Glasgow people used to smuggle heroin through Ice cream trucks and a turf war over the control of their routes occured where 6 people died. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Ice_Cream_Wars) - Former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt suddenly disappeared one day and no one knew what happened for over 40 years. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Holt#Disappearance) - Violet Jessop not only survived the sinking of the Titanic, but also of it's one sister-ship Brittanic and a crash from it's othe sistership Olympic. The Olympic is the only one that didn't sink, but it came close to since it collided with a British Warship. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Jessop) - The entire Taiping rebellion. A war started by a Chinese Peasant who dreamed (and believed) he was Jesus' younger brother. He got himself a large demon slaying sword forged by the local Blacksmith despite of his poverty and took over his city. He questioned the British why they didn't pay him tribute because he was the "new head of their faith". He engaged war with the Qing, applied what is now known as a Pseudo-communistic policy like abolishing property. He stopped men and women from ever interacting and sent the women to the front lines. It is the 4th deadliest conflict in human History with 20 million conformed deaths and an estimate of over 40 million deaths in total. Only WW2, "Transition of the Ming" and the "Qing conquest of the Ming" were deadlier. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion) - Tommy Fitzpatrick stole a plane from New Jersey and landed it on a narrow street infront of a bar in manhatten where he had been drinking previously because he made a bet that he could travel from New Jersey to New York in 15 minutes. Two years later, he did it *again* after someone didn't believe he had done it the first time. He made perfect landings both times despite being intoxicated and the owners of the plane were so impressed by his feats that both times there were no charges pressed against him, resulting in him only paying fees on the first occurance and only serving 6 months for the second time. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Fitzpatrick_(pilot)) - During the Battle of DC, the Brits put Washington in fire and no less than a day later a Tornado died down most of the fires and helped the US win the war. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_Washington#%22The_Storm_that_Saved_Washington%22) - The Last time Liechtenstein went to war was during the Austro-Prussian war. They dispatched a force of 80 soldiers and came back with 81. They made a friend in form of an Austrian Liaison officer. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AHistory_of_Liechtenstein#Liechtenstein_army_story) Hope you had a nice read.
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