The character of Dracula is based off of the infamous ruler, Vlad the Impaler, whose full name was Vlad III Dracula. A 15-foot-high, 35 mph molasses tsunami in Boston, Massachusetts, once took the lives of 21 people and injured another 150. 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. During the Spanish Civil War, nationalist forces attempted to air drop supplies to besieged allies using turkeys in place of parachutes. It didn't go great. The Anglo-Zanzibar war lasted all of 38 minutes. It is the shortest recorded war in history. The Parliament of Iceland, the oldest operating parliament in the world, first convened in 930 AD.