A person from a long time likes to argue. No wonder they say – how many people, so many opinions. And if there are different opinions, then disputes are formed. It can be an intelligent exchange of information and views, or there may be a heated debate that grows into a fight. In the world of gentlemen, a dispute is called a bet. Educated people, wishing to find out the truth, even make a certain bet on their opinion. The winner is the one who was able to prove his case.
The principle of betting is known for a long time. After all, the truth is much more interesting to reveal, if a prize is at stake. People’s love for a bet is even easy in the basis of a new business – bookmaking. People put money on the outcome of sports competitions, on possible events. In this business, there are billions of billions. About the most famous betting in history and our story will go.
One of the oldest and most famous bets was made between the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and her lover, the Roman Marc Antony. The woman said that for one dinner she could drink wine for 10 million sesterces. This intrigued Antony, and he accepted the challenge of his beloved, concluding with her a bet. But how could a cunning woman act honestly? Before dinner, when a glass of wine vinegar was placed before Cleopatra, she drew a large black pearl out of her ear and threw it there. The glass was very expensive decoration, it reacted with acetic acid and weakened it. By the end of dinner, the resulting mixture was quite possible to drink. Cleopatra with an effective volley killed an expensive cocktail, proving in the end its case. Antony could only admit defeat. Not so long ago, scientists have proved that such a chemical experiment could very well have taken place in reality. Professor Prudence Jones of the University of New Jersey took vinegar and pearls and found that it takes about a day to dissolve a medium-sized stone in the liquid. It may well be that Cleopatra pre-soaked her earring in vinegar, taking it in a softened form. Either the dinner smoothly flowed into breakfast, that for those times, and even more so in the company with a seductive queen, it was quite real. Hit the white house.
The White House is a protected area. Only the President of the country and members of his team can get there. However, the famous basketball player Shakil O’Neill decided to refute the stereotype. He made a bet with his coach that he could just go on a visit to President Obama without first recording. The player planned to drive up to the White House by car, and then simply push the guards away. According to the terms of the bet, Shakil did not have the right to call anyone, because the basketball player told that he has friends in the defense of the President. The giant was forbidden to call his name and act by force. The object of the bet was a thousand push-ups. As a result, during his next trip to Washington, Shakil gave the phone to his coach, took a taxi and went to the President. To the joy of the player, the guard recognized him: “Hello, Shak! We are glad to see you, but we can not start. ” He himself understood such a decision and did not even take offense at all. About the fact that he was not allowed into the White House, Shakil even wrote to Twitter: “They just did not let him into the White House. Why do uuuuuu? “. Disappointment of the basketball player can be understood, because he had to wring out. It’s good that the coach allowed to break the punishment into approaches by 30 times.
Determine the gender.
There were many interesting and even amusing cases in diplomatic practice. Spies changed not only dresses, but even sex. A beautiful curious foreigner could in fact turn out to be very much even monsieur. Some such cases have become known, but most of all the betting was in the course of the history of the Chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont. This man had a unique life, part of it – as a man, and a part – as a woman. At the end of the 18th century, a famous emancipated French aristocrat, a fencer, a rider and a visitor of all secular gatherings lived under such a name in London.Although the woman had no vegetation on her face, and there were very delicate elegant handles, the whole of London was in doubt. What did the British have to do? Of course, make a bet! A reliable fact – it was not until 1774 that the English put the sum of 120 thousand pounds for the purpose of establishing the sex of de Beaumont. But the question did not dare to ask directly – the chevalier put several of the most curious on the duel. Yes, and there was no such a man who would say about visiting the boudoir of a mysterious lady. Only in 1810 the betting was finally resolved – D’Eon died. People froze in anticipation of a medical report on death, this news was comparable to the results of horse racing. Doctors officially stated that “despite the unusual roundness of the legs and hands, as well as the swelling of the chest, Mr. Beaumont has fully formed male sexual organs, and therefore is recognized as a man.” As a result of this conclusion, tens of thousands of pounds changed their master. Subsequently it turned out that the mysterious girl was also a spy, supplying information to the King of France Louis XV. Balzac and women.
Let this story and be presented as just a literary bike, official biographers of the writer do not confirm it. But who said that this could not be? After all, Balzac considered himself a connoisseur of women, entertaining his friends by telling his friends the possible biographies of ordinary people on the fly. Once the writer was walking around the park with his friend. Toward them two amazing ladies came across, sharply contrasted with each other. One was a blonde, a beauty with an excellent figure and sharp movements. The second is a flat and awkward brunette, and also with an absurd hat on her head. Balzac immediately told his friend that he was ready to bet. According to the writer, the blonde was a native Parisian, she had no children, but a bunch of lover-rich and gay beautiful life. But her companion – should be an Englishwoman, most likely a housekeeper. She has one child, and that is the result of the mistake of youth. Now the kid lives with his grandmother, the woman herself barely makes ends meet. Balzac’s friend was surprised at such an abundance of details, he took a daring bet! At the end, dinner was served in a good restaurant. If Balzac was right, he should have paid. Writer without a trace of embarrassment went to women and met them. But the more ladies answered the questions of “connoisseur”, the more he frowned. It turned out that the blonde is a German, a respectable wife of a famous diplomat and the mother of two children. But her nekazistaya girlfriend – an actress, a native Parisian. In addition, she had a very frivolous character, she herself suggested to come to the gentlemen for dinner. Balzac could barely get rid of the annoying person. After all, he already had to pay for a meal, there was not enough to see the subject of the lost dispute before his eyes.
At the time when Neil Armstrong was making his first step on the Moon, which had become a giant leap forward for all of humanity, not only the Earth rejoiced, but also one humble Englishman. His name was David Trealfol, he managed to win an amazing bet. It turned out that the man in 1960 went to the bookmaker’s office with 10 pounds in his pocket. Trealfol was burning with a desire to make some crazy bet. From the proposed list, he liked most of all the option that a person could land on the moon within the next 10 years. The stakes were taken in the ratio of 1 to 1000. I must say that the amount of 10 pounds was not so small, so much earned a worker for a week. But David decided to take a chance, and it turned out to be a great decision! Less than a year before the end of the bet, the Americans were able to land on the moon. On the won money, Trealfol bought a sports car. True, fate immediately demanded a debt – less than a year later David crashed in his car.
Race around the world.
When the light saw the work of Jules Verne “Around the World in 80 Days”, many decided to conclude a wager, similar to that won by Phileas Fogg. The first person who could break the record of a literary hero in real life was the American journalist Nellie Bly. In 1888, she invited her editor in the “News of the World”, Pulitzer, to send her on a journey along the route of the characters Jules Verne. The journalist had only a small suitcase with him and 200 pounds in cash. While Nellie was just getting ready for her trip, Cosmopolitan magazine was also interested in this issue. This edition presented its traveler. She had to travel around the same time the globe, only moving in the opposite direction. Magazines bet, which of the travelers first returns home, having made a round-the-world raid. November 14, 1889 Nellie boarded the transatlantic liner “Augusta Victoria” and set off. On the way, not so many adventures awaited her as the characters in the book. However, there were also late arrivals for trains, visits to the leper colony in China, the acquisition of a hand-held monkey in Singapore and even a meeting with Jules Verne himself. Nelli regularly reported on her journey in telegrams. Pulitzer even arranged a kind of totalizator – readers were betting on when Nellie would get to the next point of her journey. The woman entered US territory on January 21, falling behind schedule for two days due to the storm in the Pacific Ocean. It remained to cross the entire continent. If Bly was riding on an ordinary train, she would not have made it on time, in the same 80 days. But Pulitzer sent her a personal train. As a result, the traveler arrived at the point of departure eight days ahead of schedule. Pulitzer won a bet with Cosmopolitan, because the representative of this magazine was still sailing across the Atlantic at the time.
Race with a butcher.
This story took place in England in the 18th century. Paris can be considered one of the most witty in history. In the city of Brighton lived a fat butcher Bullock. The whole town knew that he was resourceful and did not climb into his pocket for words. Nearby was the estate of Earl Barrymore, who was fascinated by the athletics of a brilliant young aristocrat. Grandee presumptuously considered himself one of the best athletes in England. It is unclear whether Barrymore was a butcher’s client, but somehow the men met and made an unusual bet. The fat man said that he could overtake his young friend at a hundred-meter distance. Only Bullock reserved the right to choose the place of the race and stipulated a 35 meter handicap. The winner was to receive from the opponent an impressive amount, comparable to the cost of the whole butcher’s business. A rich graph interested such a proposal, and he accepted the challenge. Athletes began to prepare for the race. Only a few hours before the start, Bullock revealed his intention. He decided to spend on the street Black Lion Lane, one of the narrowest in the country. Of course, right after the start, the aristocrat caught up with his outspoken competitor. But just to squeeze past him to overtake, simply could not. Barrymore had to admit that he was a loser and honestly paid off the debt stipulated by the terms of the bet.
Movie in 10 seconds.
Arguing among themselves and representatives of art. The famous Italian writer Tonin Guerra, who created the scripts for Fellini, Antonioni, Tarkovsky, somehow controversially came up with a story for the shortest film in the history of cinematography. One of the colleagues made a bet with Guerrero bet that he would not be able to come up with a script for a 10-second film. But the very next day the writer brought his workpiece: “A woman is watching TV. On the screen – broadcast the launch of the rocket. There is a countdown: 10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … We see her face, which reflects a storm of emotions. In the last seconds she takes the phone, dials the number and with the launch of the rocket says into the phone: “He left.”Thus, Guerro won such an original dispute, confirming his talent.
In the beginning of the XIX century, the main trendsetter in the London salons was the aristocrat, Lord Spencer. This self-assured man was so presumptuous that he was not afraid to make an absolutely absurd bet once. The Lord proposed to do something foul with his dress coat, for example, to cut off all the tails. Then Spencer undertook to appear in such clothes at the ball. The count claimed that everyone would immediately find this outfit absolutely natural. Needless to say, the count won the bet! Moreover, thanks to this occasion, shortened jackets in the waist, which not only men, but also women, began to wear. Such a fashionable form of clothing was called “spencers, being used up to now. So, as a result of an unusual bet, an alternative to a traditional tuxedo was born.
Bets are most often concluded by the British, it’s in their blood. Did not escape the temptation and the famous physicist Stephen Hawking, also a native of Foggy Albion. Throughout his life, he repeatedly made a bet, mostly about black holes. These mysterious cosmic objects are of great interest to the great scientist. For the first time Hawking argued with his colleague that the source Cygnus Ch-1 does not contain a black hole. At stake was a subscription to the magazine. Opponent Hawking wished, in case of victory, the year of the free Penthouse, and Stephen himself demanded to place in exchange a four-year subscription to the satirical magazine Private Eye. Unfortunately, the hole in the supposed place was discovered, the erotic fan got his own. The next time Hawking bet that the hole completely absorbs information. The scientist lost again! This time, he, taught by bitter experience, put a more modest bet – a baseball encyclopedia. Hardly such a thing is more valuable than a humorous or erotic magazine.