“They brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”—Christopher Columbus (via peashooter85)
Soviet Minister Molotov stated that the cluster bombs being dropped on Finland were actually food, during the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939. The Finns began sarcastically calling the bombs “Molotov bread baskets,” which they responded to with their own “Molotov cocktails,” as “a drink to go with the food.”
Knocker-ups were a thriving profession that started during the Industrial Revolution. They woke up their clients to make sure they got to work on time. Either with a long stick, to knock on windows even on the higher floors, or (in at least one case) with a pea shooter. The knocker-up wouldn’t leave until they knew their client was awake. The job lasted until the 1920s, when alarm clocks became both reliable and affordable.
“A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from snares, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize snares, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this.”—Niccolò Machiavelli