Many of history’s despots and tyrants got to where they are because they were feared and hated by people, but did you know that many of them also feared and hated things we consider mundane? Here are the finest examples:
Kaiser Wilhelm II hates Asians
It’s not surprising for a tyrant to be a racist, in fact, many of them are motivated by racial prejudice. However, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s went far beyond prejudice and actually bordered on the ridiculous, such as when he sent his cousin Tsar Nicolas II a picture of the Archangel Michael warning the western nations of a storm approaching from the East, represented by a glowering Buddha in the center.
Benito Mussolini dislikes the Catholic Church
Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini hated the catholic church so much, and he started this hate at such an early age that he was dubbed a “mangiaprete (priest-eater)” in his youth. Even before he came to power, Mussolini tried to discredit the church by writing anti-church and scandalous material on several socialist newspapers.
Adolf Hitler is against horses
Adolf Hitler is known to have a fondness for animals, so it is surprising that he dislikes horses. There are two proposed reasons for this, first is that he associates them with the arrogance of the elitist cavalry officers, and the other is that Hitler simply disliked horses because he found them hard to discipline and impractical during military parades.
Ayatollah Khomeini vs. Pepsi
You’d assume that the Ayatollah Khomeini simply disliked Pepsi for petty reasons such as disliking its taste, or ideologically because it represents the excesses of the West. But the truth is that Khomeini hated Pepsi for political and business reasons. The soda company entered the Iranian market in the 50s but gave their contract to the businessman Habib Sabet, who is of the minority Baha’I faith, something that the Shia representative Khomeini took as a personal slight.