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As the wise man, George Carlin once said, we like war. We are a warlike people and mankind has gone to war for all kinds of reasons from land to power resources a pretty face a pig. Honestly, it seems like we'll go to war over just about anything. My name's moxy. And this is your brain on facts. I will say before we dive into today's topic that some of these might be classified as riots rather than full-scale official military engagements, but they're definitely interesting on the less. Such as the time when the only shot fired was taken by the weaker side in the engagement and that shot hit a soup kettle. The kettle war was a military conflict between the northern Netherlands also called the Republic of the seven Netherlands and the Austrian Netherlands backed by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph. The second Belgium was at the time controlled by Austria after the Dutch revolt from fifteen sixty six to sixteen forty six Northern Ireland's or the Republic of the seven that are Lund's became independent from Spanish and holy Roman. Empire rule in fifteen. Eighty five. The northern Nederlands was closed off by three hundred and fifty kilometer long Scheldt river that flows from north western Netherlands, western Belgium, and northern France. The intention was to cut off the Belgian trading harbors of Gant an Antwerp. Holy Roman Emperor. Joseph the second demanded the reopening of the shelter and sent three warships including the new merchant flagship. We with the emperor's flag from. Antwerp just the second didn't expect the Dutch to react the admiralty of Zeeland the westernmost province of Northern Ireland's sent out the Dutch ship, the dole fusion, the dole Fiene fired only one shot that hit no people. But supposedly knocked over a soup kettle on the deck of Louis. Louis surrendered Joseph the second declared war on October thirtieth seventeen eighty four. But nothing significant came of it in seventeen eighty five a treaty was signed between the two nations and the Scheldt river remained closed. On April fifteenth eighteen fifty six a steamboat arrived at a small four and a half square Mile Island off the coast of Panama, one of the ship's passengers likely drunk got into a dispute with a local vendor before these she was resolved seventeen people were dead and twenty nine wounded what were they fighting over a slice of watermelon valued at five cents. In eighteen forty six the United States had entered into a treaty with a country, then known as new Grenada, which is mostly comprised of what is now Panama and Colombia under the agreement the United States established a military presence in modern day, Panama one which engendered mistrust toward US soldiers among many Panamanians. So when a steamship full of Americans landed onto Bego island just outside of Panama City, which at the time did not have a wharf in which ships could dock tensions were already running extremely high. On that day in eighteen fifty six the John l Stevens arrived on Tobago island to pick up roughly one thousand passengers the fairies to and from mainland Panama only ran during high tide, but the tide was out. So it was delayed a few hours. The passengers waiting in Panama City had been drinking and weren't well liked by the locals in the first place. According to most accounts one of the passengers and then named Jack Oliver spotted offender named Jose men while Luna selling watermelon slices for five cents each Oliver took a slice, but refused. Pay Luna yelled at him. And pulled out a knife all of responded by pulling out a gun. Another Panamanian came to Luna's defense and tackled Oliver. In the struggle. The gun went off and someone was hit. It took only minutes for a full-scale riot to break out and marines had to be brought in to restore order by the end of the mayhem now referred to as the watermelon war fifteen Americans and to Panamanians had died. As a result. The United States demanded and received a number of military concessions from new Grenada including the right to establish military bases on islands in the bay of Panama and take control of Panamanian railroad. The now entrenched American presence in the area likely led to decades of US troops and businesses in the area. And ultimately to the creation of the Panama Canal, the canal and the last US military base in the area wouldn't be turned over to Panamanian control until December thirty first of nineteen ninety nine. In a way, all war is stupid. But high in the running for most stupid is the battle of supplemental also known as the war of the oaken bucket fought in thirteen twenty five between the rival city states of bologna and Medina in Italy. It started. When a group of Modise soldiers snuck into bologna and stole and oak bucket from well in the center of the city while the bucket itself had no special importance the front hurt Bologna's, pride and the humiliated volun- volunteers. Demanded the bucket be returned the modernise refused and war was declared upon them bologna, mustered, a huge army of thirty thousand foot soldiers and two thousand Cavaliers and marched toward the battlefield located near. What is now? The communist app. Alina facing them was an army of only five thousand modernise soldiers and two thousand Cavaliers awkwardly scattered across the plains while they're enemies held the high ground in the surrounding hills. Some two thousand men would lose their lives in the fractious. Despite being surrounded and outnumbered five to one though Medina's army fought really and in just a few hours. The battle was over with the bowl knees retreating and the Modise chasing after them. The Modise army not only chased the humiliated, bolognese, all the way back home. They actually managed to break through the city gates and destroyed several castles at a sluice lock on the Reno. River, thus depriving the city of water at this point Medina's army was in position to siege. The city, but they chose not to and as a final. Parting gesture the men stole a second bucket. This one from well outside the city gates. Following the war? The two parties agreed to peace and Medina returned some properties had captured from bologna as a gesture of goodwill, but the original bucket that was never returned to the state. The city of Medina keeps it in the basement of the Tory delegation Dina and a replica is available for viewing in the town hall. Even though wars are usually given literal names when you hear the phrase the pig war, you'd be forgiven for wondering if it's a metaphor. The story begins that can eighteen forty six when the Oregon treaty was signed between the US and Britain to put a rest to a longstanding border dispute between the United States and British North America later to be made Canada over the land between the rocky mountains and the Pacific coastline. The Oregon treaty stated that the US and British American border would be drawn along the forty ninth parallel a division that remains to this day. Although the sounds pretty straightforward the situation became more complicated. When it came to a set of islands situated to the southwest Vancouver. Where the treaty stated that the border was to be through the middle of the channel separating the continent from Vancouver's island the position of these small islands made that difficult to do with certainty one of the largest and most important islands in this area. San Juan island was of notable significance due to its strategic position at the mouth of the channel. As such both the US and UK claimed sovereignty of the island and citizens from both countries began to settle there. In eighteen fifty nine the British had a significant presence on the island bolstered with the recent arrival of the Hudson Bay company who had set up a salmon carrying station and sheep ranch on the island. Meanwhile, a contingent of twenty to thirty US settlers had also recently arrived and made it their home. Judging by reports of the time the islanders themselves got along. Okay. However in June of eighteen fifty nine a pig. Wandered onto the land of Lyman Cutler, an American farmer when Cutler noticed the pig eating some of his potatoes, he became angry and shot at the pig was actually owned by British employee of the Hudson's bay company named Charles Griffin Griffin. Don, quite a few pigs and was well known for letting them roam freely across the island. This is probably not the first time one of them had trotted across Cutler's land. When Griffin found out about the death of his pig. He went to confront Cutler Cutler offered to pay Crippen ten dollars in compensation but Griffin instead reported Cutler to the local British authorities who threatened to arrest him much to the anger of the local American citizens who drew up a petition requesting military protection. General William s Harney the commander of the department of Oregon with known anti-british views sent a sixty six man company of the US ninth infantry to San Juan upon hearing this news James Douglas, the governor British Columbia decided to send three British worships as a show of force. During the following month. There was a standoff with both sides slowly, increasing their military presence in the area. And with the US ninth infantry, refusing to budge even though they were massively outnumbered. It was not until the arrival of Admiral Robert L Baynes commander in chief of the British navy in the Pacific that things started to change when he finally arrived. Douglas, ordered Baynes to land his troops on San Juan and engaged the US ninth infantry Baynes, refused famously stating he would not quote involved two. Great nations in war over a squabble about a pig. By this time worded finally reached both Washington and London about what was going on officials on both sides of the Atlantic were shocked that a dispute over livestock had grown into a military standoff involving three warships eighty four guns and twenty six hundred men concerned that this was going to escalate further both sides quickly began negotiations eventually deciding that both the US and Britain should maintain a presence of no more than one hundred men each on the island and till the formal agreement could be met the British subsequently set up camp on the north of the island with the Americans being based on the south of the island. It was not until eighteen seventy two that an international commission led by Kaiser Ville him the first of Germany decided that the island should fall entirely under American control, and such the dispute was finally to rest. Today, you can visit both the British and American camps as they are part of the San Juan island national historic park. Interestingly this is the only place in a US national park where a foreign flag is regularly hoisted over US soil and both the flag and the flagpole provided by the British government as a sign of friendship. I love the dog as much as the next man, though, maybe not as much as the Greek man who accidentally started a war when his dog got away from him Bulgaria and Greece had both had their sights set on similar territories freed by the fall of the Ottoman empire. The result was a number of border skirmishes between the two sides leading to the second Bulkin war of nineteen thirteen then World War One broke out Bulgaria sided with Germany, Austria, Hungary. And when the war was over. They were forced to give up western threes, which had given them direct access to the GNC as well. As to give up land to the king of Servia Croats and Slovenes which later became Yugoslavia as a result tension between Greece and Bulgaria didn't improve with the end of World War One the more hot headed on the Bulgarian side did not recognize the terms of the treaty that rewarded Greece for siding with the winning team. Nor did they that their conflict had to end rates were launched into Greece. And you Slavia the most devastating of which was made by the internal Macedonian revolutionary organization. Petrick a town in southwestern Bulgaria bordering. Greece was run by the I M R O as virtually independent state in nineteen Twenty-three the Bulgarian prime minister tried to mitigate tensions with Greece and improve relations with the rest of the continent for this outrage, he was ousted by coup then captured by the I R O and killed now for the dog. There was a Greek soldier stationed at the greco-bulgarian border on the chemo cap who pass who had a dock on the eighteenth of October nineteen twenty five for reasons that have been lost a time that dog began running toward the Bulgarian side despite the frequent skirmishes that left hundreds dead in both sides the soldier ran after his dog straight into Bulgarian territory where he was promptly shot dead by border guards. The Greek quarter guards fired volleys until the Bulgarian side and the Bulgarians further retaliated during a low a Greek captain and his aide grabbed a white sheet and ran out into no man's land to appeal for calm. The opportunity was too good to resist the Bulgarians fired killing the captain and wounding the aide who was able to make it back to the Greek side as for the dog. It's fate remains unknown. The official version that made it to Greek newspapers at the time omitted the dog entirely, according to the press some Bulgarian border guards stormed the Greek outpost ability seats, for no reason. And it was during this rate that the Greek captain and one guard were killed Bulgaria and Greece were now on the brink of war Bulgaria expressed regret for the incident and said, it was all a terrible misunderstanding. They proposed a greco-bulgarian commission to investigate the matter. It could've ended there were it. Not for Lieutenant General Theodorus Pangalos Pangalos had deposed. King constantine. The first Greece established the second Hellenic Republic and led the coup which installed him as the country's prime minister. And later its president. In that ladder position. He suspended freedom of the press devalued Greek currency by cutting paper notes in half and even dictated. How long women skirts should be no higher than one foot thirty centimeters off the ground or else? Pangalos gave the Bulgarians ultimatum punish those responsible. Make an official apology and pay two million French francs in compensation to the victims families within the next forty eight hours. Bulgaria refused. So Pangalos ordered his troops into Bulgaria where they occupied the town of Petritsch and nearby villages the Bulgarians fought back, but the Greeks maintained their grip over the town in the region, desperate Bulgaria appealed to the league of nations the precursor of the United Nations the league ordered a ceasefire demanded that Greece withdrawals immediately and they compensate Bulgaria for their invasion, Greece accused the league of hypocrisy citing the Corfu incident of nineteen Twenty-three wherein Italy attacked the Greek island of Corfu and the league sided with the attackers Pangalos argued that the league had two sets of rules one for powerful nations, like Italy and another for weaker ones like Greece. Nevertheless, he had no choice. The league sent in military attaches from France, Italy and Britain to oversee the Greek withdrawal around fifty Bulgarians had. Died during the brief occupation. So Greece was ordered to pay forty five thousand pounds in compensation as for Pangalos. Greece had been humiliated under his rule. So the military staged another coup and replaced him with the president. He had originally deposed. So keep your dogs on tightly or you might get killed start a war and bring about multiple military coups. I think that's the main takeaway from this. A fair chunk of the history of the British empire rests on one man or on a chunk of that, man. Robert Jenkins was a British navy captain whose ship was boarded by Spaniards in seventeen thirty one. And they for reasons best known only to them felt it appropriate to slice off one of the captains ears relations between Britain and Spain hadn't been great at the time. The war had been more or less voided by the efforts of British Prime minister cer- Thomas Walpole by seventeen thirty nine Britain. Apparently got tired of not shooting the Spanish. And so to provide a reason to go to war a parliamentary hearing, no pun intended was called over Jenkins ear removal, eight years earlier, and he got to parade his shriveled severed ear around the parliament building everyone declared this huge insult to the nation. And thus war must begin forthwith. The work continued a bit over the next few years with the two nations slapping at one another in the Caribbean and off the South American coast. However because Europe was a mesh of alliances and political entry the war of Jenkin's ear erupted into the war of Austrian succession, which became one of those continent encompassing affairs that Europe loves to do every now and again, the war of Austrian succession was an eight-year conglomeration of related wars two of which kicked off after the death of Charles six Holy Roman Emperor. And head of the Austrian branch of the house of Habsburg in seventeen forty you might remember hearing about another Habsburg Charles the second who was so inbred he could have been a sandwich in our episode. It's good to be the king. An estimated half a million people died in that war that war then formed a major cause of the seven years war the first truly global conflict in. Which another one in a quarter million people died and Britain eventually emerged as the domiant world power. So the short version man loses ear Britain, colonize is half the globe through it, although the Spanish claimed diplomatic victory again for reasons only, they know. For reasons that are a little more clear hell about some increasingly good reasons to support our patriotic page, you're thinking, okay, she's just gonna plug the page all jumped thirty, but wait, there's more. I don't want you to join the patriots right now. In two weeks time, I'm going to be launching a special offer with brand new perks and increased incentives for people who either support the show for the first time on patriot over existing patrons who increase the amount of their donation. Be sure to follow us on our social media, Facebook or Instagram dot com slash your brain on fence or Twitter dot com slash brain on facts pod. Over the next few weeks to get all the details. You can check out the current patriot levels at patriot dot com slash your brain on facts. There are a lot of strange reasons on today's list, but the so-called pastry war between France and Mexico takes the cake as it were in the years following Nexico eighteen twenty one independence from Spain fighting in the streets between government forces and rebels plagued the country rioting looting and property damage were common, including the ransacking of a bakery near Mexico City, which was owned by French-born pastry. Chef Ramon to- frustrated when the Mexican government refused to compensate him for the damage which had been caused by Mexican officers looting Rimon, tell took his case to his native country and French king Louis Philippe, the French government was already angered over unpaid Mexican debts which had been incurred during the Texas revolution of eighteen thirty six and it demanded compensation of six hundred thousand pesos. Which included an astronomical sixty thousand pesos for mental shop more than sixty times. What the shop was worth when the Mexican congress rejected the ultimate him. The French navy in spring of eighteen thirty eight began a blockade of key sea ports along the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan peninsula to the Rio Grande the United States which had a contentious relationship with Mexico sent a schooner to assist. The blockade the stalemate dragged on yearly until winter when French warships bombarded the island fortress of San Juan do that guarded the preeminent Hort city of Veracruz Mexico declared war on France and its president ordered the conscription of all men who could bear arms within days. French marines raided the city in captured nearly the entire Mexican navy desperate to repel the invaders Mexico turned to grizzled warrior Antonio Lopez to Santa Ana the former president. And military general who only the year prior returned home in disgrace after his humiliating defeat in the eighteen thirty six panelists send sinto which led to the creation of the independent Republic of Texas. Rustled from his forced retirement, the general who had proved so ruthless at the battle of the Alamo left his Veracruz hacienda. An organized a makeshift army that drove the French forces from the city back to their ships as Santa Ana galloped after the invaders however group shot fired from a cannon took out the horse from under him and severely wounded one of his legs. Doctors determined the limb could not be saved and we're forced to amputate the leg. Less than four months later. The pastry war was over British diplomats brokered a peace agreement in which Mexico would pay France six hundred thousand pesos, including the cost of Ramon tells pastry shop French forces withdrew from the country in March eighteen thirty nine although they would return to fight a protracted war against Mexico in the eighteen sixties. Here's a pro tip. If you go to someone's house, and they have a piece of golden furniture. Don't sit on it unless they ask you to. It's probably very important. If you listen to our episode good morning to you, which is one of my personal favorites. You heard about the sacred stools of the Shanti of Ghana which are the seat of power for their chief literally. But also, hold the souls of the debt. In eighteen ninety six the shanty. King had been exiled replaced by the British governor of the Gold Coast, sir, Frederick Hodgson, a few years later Hodgson entered the Ashanti capital and said that since the shawnee lands were under the rule of the Queen. They had better fetch him that sacred golden stool for him to sit on the locals presumably sat in stunned. Silence than went home and gathered up as many weapons as they could find the British sent some men out to look for the stool and were surprised to find themselves under a vicious attack. By force led by us Antigua. The mother of the exiled king the British column was nearly annihilated. The survivors barely managed Scarpa back to their small Ford and barricade themselves inside. Yaas t were laid siege to them with a force of up to twelve thousand men the British had to bring in several thousand the dishes soldiers under the command of Major James Wilcox as well as serious ordinance to break through their lines. They finally did after over three months in retaliation for shown tease impertinence Wilcox spent the remainder of the summer, which ring local villages raising towns and stealing their land. Though, the Ashanti lost on the battlefield suffering over two thousand military casualties and many more civilians, and we're annexed and brutally repressed by the British. They still claim to have won the war why? Because through it all the British never got to sit on the golden stool. You know, moxie you might be saying all of these are really old people don't still go to war at a moment's notice over stupid little things contraire. I present you with the football war of nineteen seventy long simmering tensions between Honduras, and El Salvador, which were competing for a slot in the nineteen seventy World Cup to be held in Mexico erupted into open hostilities, called la- gear Dale football. There was fighting between fans at the first game and Hon during capital of the goosey kalpa, we're hunters one one nil the second game in the Salvador in capital of San Salvador was one bil- Salvador, three nil and even more violence followed a playoff match took place in Mexico City a few weeks later, which I'll sell or one three two in overtime. That same day, El Salvador, dissolve all diplomatic ties with hun Doris, stating that the government of Honduras had not taken any effective measures to punish these crimes nor had it given assurances of indemnification or reparations for the damages to Salvadorans the Salvadoran air force then attacked targets inside Honduras, which caught the better equipped Honduran air force off guard and the larger Salvadoran army, then invaded on Doris. The organization of American states called for a ceasefire after four days of fighting the hundred hours war had ended in over two thousand casualties on each side with some three hundred thousand Salvadorans displaced. And that's where we run out of ideas. At least for today. I will leave you with not the strangest 'cause of war but a surprising cause for a truce. It's one of those stories where. If you saw it in a movie, you'd complained that it was unrealistic in the winter of nineteen sixteen to seventeen have starved Russian wolves converged about the German and Russian minds in the northern part of the front as desperation pushed them beyond their fear of humans, the wolves began attacking soldiers, not just one at a time. But even soldiers in groups the soldiers tried poisoning them shooting them with rifles machine guns, even lobbing grenades at them. The situation was so severe that the Russian and German soldiers convinced their commanders to allow temporary-truce negotiations to naval them to deal with the animals more efficiently. Finally, a coordinated effort was made and gradually but wolf packs were rounded up leading the area once again safe for humans to kill one. Another. Thanks for spending part of your day with me.
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