As my TiVo is nearly empty, I've been watching lots more random television than normal. My channel of choice is The History Channel International. I watched a great show on the failure of the Spanish Armada. They failed because they were ill prepared and thought their superior numbers would give them the advantage. They were wrong. But it seems to be that the vast majority of the shows on there are either about World War II or the biblical era. It's been fun to learn a bit more about the histories we've all studies so much in the past. Here are some fun facts I've learned:
- Hitler had an extensive bunker system built into a mountain in Berchtesgaden that was ransacked by the locals before the end of the war
- It was a common tradition in ancient times to attribute a virgin birth to famous historical figures. Alexander the Great, Plato, and Pythagoras were all believed to have started with that.
- Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, escaped to Argentina but was caught and put on trial in Israel in the 60s.
- No one really knows where Mt. Sinai actually was. Passages in the bible eliminate most of the real life locations.
- The Luftwaffe used aircraft made by Messerschmitt. I love saying Messerschmitt. I wish they made luxury sedans today. "Did you see how that douche in the Messerschmitt cut me off without even using a turn signal?"
- Pontius Pilate only had three men crucified during his entire rein as governor of Judea
The regular History channel wastes time with shows about bigfoot, UFOs, and lumberjacks. I prefer History Channel Internationál.