In every revolution, one finds individuals who take advantage of the chaos for their benefit. As the Bolsheviks came into power in Russia, some used the new creed of Marxism-Leninism for their own gain, before Moscow put a stop to it. In Suizran, north of the Caspian Sea, it was proclaimed that all the women should be nationalized.
Whereas before, the bourgeoisie hoarded the most beautiful women for themselves, leaving the workers and peasants with second best, from then on, all women would be shared communally.
When Lenin and Moscow found out, their disapproval was quickly made known. The order was rescinded, and even possessing a copy of it was made a crime.
Augustus the Strong was Elector of Saxony, and was later elected to be King of Poland. He was a man of enormous physical prowess. He bent horseshoes with his bare hands. He held trumpeters aloft, one in each hand, while they played a fanfare. He engaged in fox tossing with a single finger.
His physical strengths were not limited solely to the muscular, though. The number of children he had is unknown, but some contemporary sources placed the number of his children at 382, one of whom was legitimate. Augustus sometimes had to redirect unwitting half-siblings away from each other, so frequent were they in number, in order to prevent incestuous unions.
When Agathocles, tyrant of Syracuse, moved against Carthage, he offered to Ophellas the governorship of Carthage in exchange for troops and service. However, he intended to betray him, and he accomplished this in the following way. Agathocles’s son, Heraclides, was a very handsome youth, and Ophellas had a taste for young boys. Agathocles therefore sent an embassy to Ophellas, which included his son as a hostage, and told his son to hold out against Ophellas’s solicitations. Ophellas lusted after the boy, and, distracted, failed to give the proper attention to military matters. Agathocles attacked Ophellas, slew him, and recovered Heraclides untouched. He afterwards recruited Ophellas’s soldiers, now abandoned in North Africa, into his own army. With this combined force, he threatened Carthage so greatly that the city was forced to withdraw its troops from their siege of Syracuse.