1 Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Pepi II had an ingenious technique for keeping flies away – he smeared
honey on nearby slaves so the flies would annoy them instead.
2 Chairman Mao Zedong killed 45 million people during China’s “Great Leap Forward” from 1958–1962.
3 Catherine the Great had a secret sex salon with salacious furniture. She also had twelve well-
known affairs and illegitimate children.
4 Roman Emperor Elagabalus entered Rome as emperor upon a chariot drawn by fifty naked slaves.
5 When the Governor of Otrar, Inalchuq, was captured by Genghis Khan, he was executed by pouring molten silver into his ears and eyes.