1. London Zoo killed all its venomous animals when World War II broke out:
Sounds a bit harsh, but it’s true. When the Second World war began on the 3rd September 1939, the British Government ordered London Zoo to close its gates. They also ordered all other public places where people gathered to be shut. London Zoo shipped its most valuable animals out of the city. Most went to Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable for safe keeping. These included Giant Pandas, Orang–utans, chimpanzees, and elephants. London Zoo did keep some of their animals. However, they were worried what would happen if a bomb hit the zoo and caused damage to the dangerous animals enclosures. If they would escaped into the City, it would cause panic, injury, or even deadly bites. So, as a precaution, the Zoo killed all the venomous animals.
2. During the Normandy Invasion, a Scottish Bagpiper played the pipes on the beach:
And he didn’t get shot. Not once. At all. Unlike everyone else, who were easy targets for German Snipers. Bill Millin decided to become an easier target, though, and still didn’t get shot. He strolled up and down the beach, out in the open, in plain sight, where everyone could see him, and hear him, whilst playing the bagpipes. After the end of the invasion, the British captured a lot of the German snipers, and they asked the obvious question, “Why didn’t you shoot at the Bagpiper?” The snipers looked puzzled, “We didn’t shoot at him because he was obviously insane.”
3. World War II saw the last person to be convicted of witchcraft:
Yep, it’s true. In 1944, Helen Duncan was convicted and imprisoned for nine months under the Witchcraft Act 1735, which made falsely claiming to procure spirits a crime. She was released in 1945 and promised to stop conducting séances. It didn’t last, she was arrested again a few years later, released on bail, and died soon after. The Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1951 when the Fraudulent Mediums Act was made into law.
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