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Some curiosities about wars


  • Alexander the Great commanded all his soldiers to shave their heads and faces. He believed that his beard and long hair could make it easier to attempt a sticking.
  • In feudal Japan, the Imperial Army had special soldiers whose sole mission was to count the number of enemy heads cut off in each battle, for census - strategic mathematical and statistical purposes.
  • Nuclear waste from nuclear power plants can be used to coat missiles and bombs, causing damage to the adversary that will last 2,000 years. It is used in several recent weapons.
  • The fastest war in history lasted 37 minutes. It happened when an English squadron decided to anchor in the port of Zanzibar, Africa, in 1896 to watch a cricket match. The sultan of Zanzibar disliked and ordered his only ship to attack the English. When the ship opened fire, the English quickly sank it and further destroyed the sultan's palace, killing five hundred soldiers. Zanzibar surrendered on the spot and the sultan fled to Germany.
  • In World War I, canaries and mice were used as guinea pigs by the Allies whenever a tunnel was dug around the enemy line. The objective was to detect the presence of some gas, especially Mustard Gas, due to the chemical war that was beginning.
  • White phosphorus, a chemical that causes people to ignite on contact with air, continues to be used as a weapon to this day by developed countries, despite the Geneva Protocol.
  • In 1969, a war broke out between El Salvador and Honduras during a knockout game for the Football World Cup (it was called the The football war), this war lasted 100 hours and was for border issues. This dispute led the two countries to settle their differences at the Hague Tribunal in the Netherlands, which in 1992 ruled in favor of Honduras, granting it two-thirds of the disputed territories and securing its departure to the Pacific Ocean.