In 132 AD, a Chinese inventor built a seismograph which, at the moment of an earthquake, expelled a copper ball out of the mouth of a dragon and into the mouth of a frog.

In 221 AD, Roman Emperor Elagabalus had a dinner party. When the meal was over, he gave the signal for dozens of leopards and lions to be released among his guests.

Richard Nixon entered politics by answering a newspaper ad from a wealthy Republican group of businessmen seeking a new inexperienced candidate to support.

The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves.