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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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A funeral for a friend leg

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Saying goodbye can be so hard! In 1838, General Antonio López de Santa Anna had his leg amputated after a war. Four years later, he became President of Mexico. He decided to have his leg exhumed and ordered a full military funeral… for his leg. It was carried on an ornate coach through Mexico City and serenaded with songs, poems, and prayers. His regime turned against him two years later, however, and his leg was dug up and defiled by citizens. There’s a lesson here: if you value your amputated limbs, keep them hidden from the public lest they be ruined after your regime gives you the boot.

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