What is your favorite short anecdote about a famous and/or influential historical personage?
Not looking for quotes here. For my AP class, I've had some success ending the class with a short (1-2 minute) story about some person or period under discussion, but there are wide swaths of the subject area I just haven't fun-studied enough to have these kinds of finishers for every day or topic. I want more.
Also: I just love short, funny, or bizzare stories about historical figures. It is its own reason. Ideally it's something that could be rattled off in a minute or three.
During a discussion of the Civil War, I mention the paucity of any pictures of Lincoln that are not stern and serious and frowny (There is one, I believe?) and find that telling the anecdote from Team of Rivals
that DKG told on the Daily Show
, which can spring off any number of discussions.
They need not be US-centric, Rome and Greece are full of these sorts of things, and I'm a big fan of Alexander's gift to Leonidas, as its is a story that is both awesome on its own, and can be plugged in to finish all kinds of topics about the Classical and Hellenistic worlds.