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All about history book of weird history. by White, Jon

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44 © Rex Features Crime & Punishment 45 PRINCESS IMPOSTERS CLAIM KINSHIP So what became of Princess Anastasia? Famously the youngest daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, Anastasia’s fate became enshrined in myth after the brutal execution of her entire family by the Bolshevik secret police in 1918. Her body was found to be missing from the burial site of her parents and three sisters, prompting rumours of her escape. Several women subsequently came forward to claim their royal kinship. The discovery of her remains in 2007 would prove all of them frauds.

Today we may find it reasonable to deem certain offences ‘criminal’ that were once practised freely and sanctioned by authorities. So too can we look back in time and laugh at nonsensical laws that were once strictly enforced for the good of society. Some such laws have somehow survived. You won’t believe the rules that are in place in the modern world… Don’t wear trousers In place since the 1800s and yet to be repealed, a French law states that it is illegal for women to wear trousers. Fortunately two amendments made in the late-19th century mean there are exceptions to the rule – but only while riding or cycling!

Little did they know that not only would she survive this illness, she would also go on to survive three maritime disasters. In 1910, Violet took a job as a stewardess on RMS Olympic. The following year, it collided with a warship, but all those on board lived to tell the tale. In 1912, Violet set sail on RMS Titanic. When the ship hit an iceberg four days later, she was one of the lucky few that made it into a lifeboat. Then in 1916, Violet survived yet another tragedy after an unexplained explosion sank the RMS Britannic.

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