Australia once fought a war against emus, failed to take out very many emus, and then declared they had lost the war. Against emus. Benjamin Franklin once almost started a war between England and France using anonymous letters to a newspaper, purely because he was bored at the time. The character of Dracula is based off of the infamous ruler, Vlad the Impaler, whose full name was Vlad III Dracula. Roman Emperor Caligula once appointed his horse, Incitatus, as a priest. He talked about making the horse a consul, but never followed through on it. In 2007, the Swiss army accidentally invaded Lichtenstein when they forgot where the border was during a training exercise. The Anglo-Zanzibar war lasted all of 38 minutes. It is the shortest recorded war in history.