Some suffragettes hid barbed wire in flowers.
If you are unfamiliar with drunk story, it’s basically a show where comedians get drunk and tell stories from history. And it’s as hilarious and informative as it sounds.
Here are 36 fascinating things I learned from the show.
Rose Valland, French assistant art curator at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris, listened as the Nazis discussed where they were going to take art belonging to French Jews, and they had no idea she spoke German.
Valland made sure to memorize exactly where they were taking the art.
So when the Monuments Men came to find out where everything was, she was able to tell them the precise locations.
Rose Valland has helped save more than 60,000 works.
To escape slavery, Robert Smalls took over a Confederate ship.
He passed the Confederate forts using the correct signals and disguising himself as a captain.
When dawn came and the Confederates realized what was happening, Smalls and his wife hoisted a bed sheet as a white flag to indicate surrender to a nearby Union ship.
Smalls ended up being the first person to draft 5,000 blacks into the Union Army.
He also became a five-term congressman and bought the house where he was once a slave.
Dick Turpin, an English bandit, attempted to rob another English bandit, but they ended up working together.
Until Turpin accidentally shoots his partner. Twice.
In 1963, Gloria Steinem went undercover at a Playboy club to TO DISPLAY magazine.
She worked as a waitress for four weeks, experiencing the immense sexism and danger women had to endure to keep their jobs.
His exposure led Hugh Hefner to end both a certain unfair monetary policy and the requirement that Playboy club servers undergo an invasive physical examination.
Prior to Rosa Parks’ arrest, teenager Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.
NAACP Montgomery, Alabama chapter secretary Rosa Parks learned of Colvin’s bravery and the two became friends.
When Montgomery’s NAACP planned to start a bus boycott, they decided not to use Colvin’s arrest as impetus because they knew white people would not support a dark-skinned teenager. So Parks sat in the white section of the bus and was arrested.
Modern American Halloween exists because Elizabeth Krebs was tired of kids vandalizing her town every October 31st.
One year she decided to throw a party so that the children were too exhausted to cause harm.
When that didn’t work out, Krebs spent the entire next year planning a big party for the following October 31.
This time it worked, and the Halloween party became a city tradition, seeping into all parts of the country.
Americans sent to Japanese internment camps were forced to sign essentially an oath of loyalty to the United States.
But Frank Emi refused and he led a resistance inside the Japanese internment camp, Heart Mountain.
When the government attempted to recruit Japanese Americans, Emi and 62 others were arrested for leading a conscription resistance mission. They all went to jail.
Nearly 500 Japanese American men in internment camps resisted conscription.
Frank Emi then received an apology from President Truman.
There were people who worked for the Kray twins whose job it was to listen to anyone who spoke publicly about them.
Also, the detective pursuing the Kray twins knowingly partied with Ronnie Kray.
British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst led the charge for suffragettes to learn jitsu.
At one point, she had a whole line of bodyguards fighting off the police, including throwing them into flowers that had barbed wire in the bouquets.
J. Edgar Hoover tapped Dr. Martin Luther King’s phone.
And he heard Dr. King insult him.
Also, the FBI fully tried to blackmail Dr. King, but it didn’t work because Dr. King refused to back down.
Joan of Arc said she was only thirteen the first time she spoke to the angels.
And she was only nineteen when she was burned at the stake.