Since my brother and I started making history videos online, there have been a few topics that have been kicking around our todo list and right there at the top has always been “Napoleon’s Penis.”
The story of the journey of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s stolen penis is one of the most bizarre bits of history that our childhood textbooks omit (imagine the questions teachers would have to answer) spanning the globe and even mentioning the JFK assasination, Abraham Lincoln, and Hitler — it’s like a greatest hits of history. I could make the argument you could tell the entire story of the modern world framed by the lost palus of “The Little Corporal.”
Seriously, do this tour.
When visiting Paris this winter, we took an amazingly entertaining informative walking tour (Wego Walking Tours — a must do and it’s free). When our super enthusiastic guide brought us to the front of the Military Museum, he ran down the fall of and last days of Napoleon with a quick aside about the legend of his snatched member. After the tour, off his recommendation, we went to visit the tomb of Napoleon which is attached to the museum inside a cavernous old cathedral. While looking at the mighty sarcophagus, I couldn’t stop thinking about how there wasn’t a penis in it.
There’s no penis in here.
Later, on the train ride back to London and plane ride back to America, while shielding my phone from others, I did a deep research dive and found a story weirder than I had remembered and I knew It was time to share it with the world.
Even though I keep things “family-friendly,” I am fully aware that there is zero chance YouTube’s robots will turn ads on this video. Unfortunately, I’m not even sure with the subject matter and one educational Hitler reference, it will even end up ranking in searches, but oh well, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do — some stories are just worth telling.
Watch above or on the Laughing Historically YouTube.
http://yeticity.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/yeticity-header-logo.png00Brandon Wernerhttp://yeticity.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/yeticity-header-logo.pngBrandon Werner2018-03-23 20:15:082018-03-23 20:15:37Napoleon’s Penis: A History