During the brief period when Oliver Cromwell ruled England, Christmas was made illegal. At the start of WWII, American torpedoes were so faulty that they would sometimes bounce directly off enemy ships without exploding. Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian. She was actually descended from a line of Greek Macedonians, starting from when Ptolemy I helped Alexander the Great conquer Egypt. Andrew Jackson's pet parrot had to be removed from his funeral because it wouldn't stop swearing. Elizabeth I used to reward British pirates who ransacked Spanish ships with titles or wealth, which spawned the concept of "privateers." Ulysses S. Grant loved horses so much that when he once saw a teamster whipping a horse while on campaign, he ordered the man tied to the tree and left there for hours.