The Toronto Star published this fantastic picture of a Bronze statue of Napoleon in Bratislava, Slovakia. Slovakia has some air fair deals right now, so I think this picture is meant to get history buffs excited about holidays in this city. Apparently, several of Napoleon's cannonballs are still embedded in various walls and buildings...and with a guide, you can see them. There are 5. There used to be 100...so locating 5 is a lucky thing. Napoleon was here in 1806. Those are very strong and old cannonballs to be clinging to various walls. Somewhere in the afterlife, a cannonball maker is still saying "I told you they would last several lifetimes."
I can just imagine myself sitting here on this bench with Bonaparte looking over my shoulder. His hat seems rather low, so what he can see is not clear to me.
But he is still making news.
Friday, March 14, 2008
New research published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior" concluded that short men tend to be more jealous. Why anyone chose to research this topic I have no idea. But what bugs me is the immediate relationship between the research and Napoleon.
"Napoleon may have been skilled in the battle field and able to accomplish many tasks at the same time, but scientists have found his weakness: jealousy.
He was 5'6" give or take a few centimeters. Is that really short? I don't think so.
After his death in 1821, the French emperor's height was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches in French feet. This corresponds to roughly 5 feet 7 inches in Imperial (British) feet, or 1.686 meters, making him slightly taller than an average Frenchman of the 19th century.
Jon Bon Jovi is 5'9" and NO ONE makes fun of Jon. Not around me anyway.