Hundreds of dictators have ruled throughout history, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn some odd but interesting facts about some of them, you might enjoy these 55 bizarre facts about dictators throughout our history.
1. Dictators are political leaders who have ultimate power over the state they dictate. Today, the word dictator is synonymous with a leader who holds or abuses their own personal power. Our first dictator on the list is the infamous Benito Mussolini, who was the leader of the National Fascist Party and Italy’s Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943. Mussolini was the founder of Italian fascism, but you might be surprised to find out that he wasn’t actually really anti-Semitic…at least at the beginning. It wasn’t until 1938 that Italy moved to a more anti-Semitic state simply to impress Hitler. “Anti Semitism does not exist in Italy… Italians of Jewish birth have shown themselves good citizens, and they fought bravely in the war. Many of them occupy leading positions in the universities, in the army, in the banks,” Mussolini said in 1932. Believe it or not, this was ten years after fascists came into power, and Jews lived alongside Italians in harmony during this time. Some Jews were even members of the Fascist party!
2. Another little known fact about Benito Mussolini is that he really, really loved eating garlic (yes, you read that right…garlic). This was considered extremely bizarre because he was known to suffer from an extremely painful stomach ulcer. Believe it or not, Mussolini actually believed that garlic was the “elixir of life”.