10 of the most famous in the history of betting
Perhaps, it is difficult to find a gentleman to do than to bet. No wonder the English are considered the main amateurs and virtuosos of the case. However, funny, resourceful and impressive Bet since ancient times all over the world, what you have the opportunity to see.
1. Pearl Cocktail
One of the most ancient in human history, betting has been concluded between Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Antony. The queen has argued that one can drink wine dinner on 10 million sesterces. It provides a very interesting prospects, and Mark was pleased to accept the bet. However insidious woman, of course, cheated. At the beginning of dinner before it put a glass of wine vinegar, Cleopatra took in his ear huge black pearl, which was known for its fabulous value, and tossed it into the glass. Calcium carbonate is reacted with acetic acid, its relaxed, and the end formed dinner cocktail could be spectacular one drink sip that the queen and done. Mark Antony declared her victory.
By the way, scientists have recently proven the realism of this chemical experience. Prudence Jones a professor at the University of New Jersey armed with vinegar and pearls and found that it takes about 24 hours to dissolve in acid medium pearl. He admits that the Egyptian queen in advance soaked his earring in vinegar and pulled her out of the ear in a softened form. Or dinner, as it often was at the time, especially in a society Cleopatra, smoothly flowing into the breakfast.
2. Go to the White House
Bets that can not win:
1 bet with a friend that he can not lift his left leg for three seconds, firmly against the wall right shoulder and right foot. Even for a moment - it's hard!
2. Suggest scored 100 points in bowling, playing blindfolded. It does not get: people instantly loses the orientation in space. 3. Tell me what your opponent will not be able to fold a sheet of paper of any size greater than 9 times, provided that each time a sheet folded in half.
Who, in addition to the incumbent, can open the door foot in the White House? This question was recently puzzled the famous American basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and argued with one of his trainers, he could go to "visit" to Obama, just stopping the car at the gate and pushing security without an appointment. For, to call themselves, as well as the use of force conditions of a bet, basketball should not have anyone to call (he himself admitted that he has friends in the White House protection). They argued for a thousand push-ups.
During the short trip to Washington coach gave Shaquille phone, caught a taxi and went to storm the residence of Obama. "They recognized me - he told reporters later. - Said, "Hey, Shaq! Glad to see you, but we can not start up. " I told them: "OK, I understand."
NBA star insisted that he really did not hurt. However, on that day in his "Twitter" message appears: "Just do not let the White House. Pochemuuu? "But perhaps these emotions belong to thousands of push-ups, who kindly allowed the coach divided into approaches to thirty times.
3. The woman Balzac
The story is there more as a literary tale (one of the official biographers Honore de Balzac, it does not confirm), but all the prerequisites for something like that really were. It is known that Balzac considered himself a connoisseur of women and often entertained friends writing a detailed biography of any encountered in the street interesting stranger.
So, once Balzac and a friend were walking in the park. Ahead of the two ladies walked, presents an amazing contrast. One - a blonde beauty with a remarkable figure and sharpened movements, the other - a flat, awkward brunette with incredible hat on his head. Balzac declared friend that is willing to bet on anything: blonde - radical Parisienne "with true Parisian walk"; most likely, it has a few rich lovers, she is childless and lead a beautiful life. Well brunette - an Englishwoman; probably the housekeeper; Her one child, the fruit of youth mistakes, who lives with his grandmother; She could barely make ends meet. Buddy opened his mouth in surprise and took the bet. We decided to argue for dinner at a nice restaurant. If Balzac rights - pay pal, if mistaken - on the contrary. Friends wager. Writer unabashedly went to the ladies, and met with them. But the more they answered his questions, the darker became "an expert on women's souls." It turned out that blonde - German, respectable mother of two, wife of a diplomat. Well brunette - radical French; Moreover, the actress is very frivolous character, which is not averse to "dine with the Lord." Balzac barely managed to get rid of it: dinner with him that day, and so totally out of luck.
4. Lunar bet
At that moment when Neil Armstrong made his giant leap in the history of mankind, sincerely rejoiced not only all of America, but also one quite modest Briton. His name was David Trelfol and his amazing luck. In the nine years prior to this event, in 1960, he came to the bookmaker with 10 pounds in his pocket and the idea to put on something crazy. From a list of most of all he liked the man's journey to the moon in the next 10 years. Bids were taken 1 to 1000. Ten pounds were not such a small sum at the time: a monthly salary of workers was equal to 30-40 pounds. Nevertheless, David took a chance and, as we know, won! In 1969, less than a year before the expiration of the bet, the Americans made the same lunar landing. A Trelfol then bought a luxury sports car. However, the smile of fortune turned sarcastic grin: in the first year of David to death broke on his car.
5. He or she?
Probably in the diplomatic practice of past centuries there were many cases in the style of "Madame Butterfly" as a beautiful foreigner actually provided Monsieur. Some of them are widely known, but none has been the subject of so many bets as history Chevalier d'Eon de Beaumont. This gentleman is a part of his life as a man, and some - like a woman.
At the end of the XVIII century he lived in London in the form of well-known French aristocrats, emancipated fencers, rider and visitors of all secular salons. But in spite of women's clothing, lack of facial hair and an incredibly thin arms, the whole of London is still assailed by doubts. What do the British in this case? Naturally, bettors! It is known that in 1774 the total amount that the British staked in order to establish gender de Beaumont, reached 120 thousand pounds. However, no one dared to ask a question to the point: a few curious Chevalier already packed duels. It was not known and no master, who could boast of tolerance in the boudoir of the mysterious lady. The issue was resolved only in 1810, when d'Eon died. Conclusions about his death were waiting with great impatience than on the results of races messages. And so it appeared in the newspapers! Doctors have decided that "in spite of the unusual roundness of the feet and hands, as well as swelling of the breast, Mr Beaumont has fully formed male sexual organs, and therefore recognized as a man." Tens of thousands of pounds changed owners at this news! Later it was confirmed that Beaumont passed information to the French King Louis XV.
6. Around the world in ...
The most renowned in the world literature betting Phileas Fogg ( "Around the World in 80 Days") has generated a lot of imitators. The first who managed to beat the record Fogg in real life, was an American journalist Nellie Bly. In 1888, she proposed to his editor at News of the World (by the way, it was very Pulitzer) to send her on a mission route Jules Verne character with a small suitcase and 200 pounds in his pocket.
While Nelly was preparing for the journey, of Cosmopolitan magazine also interested in the question and put his correspondent for she was going to go around the world, moving in the opposite direction. As a result, it was concluded bet which of the girls will return to the first point of departure.
November 14, 1889 Nelly climbed aboard a transatlantic liner Augusta Victoria and hit the road. Of course, in real life it was waiting for much less adventurous than in the book, but there were also missed the train, and a visit to the colony of lepers in China, and buying handmade monkeys in Singapore, and even a meeting with myself Jules Verne. All this Nelly wrote a telegram to his magazine. Pulitzer has opened betting for readers to take bets on when Nelly get to the next destination. January 21, late for two days due to storms in the Pacific Ocean, Nelly arrived back in the United States. But she still had to get to the other shore. If the journalist was traveling on an ordinary railway, it does not kept within 80 days, but the Pulitzer sent her personal train, so Nellie arrived at the point of departure for eight days ahead of schedule! Her opponent from Cosmopolitan at this moment still furrow the Atlantic, hopelessly losing the bet.
7. Heat the butcher
The following story took place in England in the eighteenth century, and rightly can be considered one of the most witty bet. In Brighton lived butcher Bullock family, he was known throughout the city and its thickness ingenuity: this gentleman never climbed his words. In the same area was the Earl Barrymore brilliant young aristocrat, enthusiastic athletics. Count rightly considered himself one of the best sportsmen of the country. History is silent whether Barrymore client Bullock, but it is known that the butcher once offered to Count unusual bet. The fat man announced that he is taken ahead of a young athlete on a hundred-meter race, but on two conditions: he reserves the right to choose the place and asks handicap of 35 meters. The winner gets the loser of a considerable sum, which is comparable to the cost of the business Mr. Bullock. Count amused by this bold proposal, and he agreed. Runners started to prepare for the match.
Only a few hours before the race he butchers his cards: he chose the street Black Lion Lane - one of the narrowest in the UK. Immediately after the start Barrymore caught up with his opponent, but ... was not able to push past him, to be the first to come to the finish line. Say, Earl pleaded loser and honestly paid Bullock all he owed.
8. Movie 10 seconds
The famous Italian writer Tonino Guerra (Scripting for Tarkovsky, Antonioni, Fellini) on the dispute has composed the story "of the short film in cinema history." They say one of the friends made with Guerra bet that he did not come up with a full-length film just 10 seconds. The next day brought a sketch writer: "A woman watches TV. On the screen - Broadcast rocket launch. The countdown: 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ... 5 ... 4 ... We see her face, which reflected the storm experiences. In the last seconds, she picks up the phone, dial a number and start with a rocket says into the phone: "He's gone."
9. Fashionable bet
British aristocrat Lord Spencer at the beginning of the XIX century was the undisputed trendsetter in London salons. He was so sure of himself that one day even made the absurd bet. Lord offered to do with his tailcoat something wild - for example, cut the tails. Then he promised to appear at the ball in a way assuring that all would find it absolutely decent outfit.
I must say, Spencer not only won the bet - he introduced the fashion of cropped jackets in the waist, which were worn not only men but also women. Jackets rightly became known (and still so called) "Spenser". They put on a tuxedo as an alternative.
10. People and holes
The famous physicist Stephen Hawking (incidentally, also British) also did not escape the national passion. Throughout his life he made several bets, mostly about black holes. It is known that black holes are very worried about the great scientist. For the first time Stephen was arguing with his colleague that Cygnus X-1 contains a black hole. Rate has an annual subscription to Penthouse (for Hawking opponent) against the four-year subscription to the satirical magazine Private Eye. Alas, Stephen was not destined to enjoy the satire: the hole was in place and a bet won amateur erotica. Next time Professor Hawking argued that hole completely absorbs information. And wrong again! This time, the professor spoke modestly: as a bet has been offered only a baseball e