Look, were not suggesting that if Donald Trump is elected president, hundreds of thousands of people will die under an oppressive regime. Were definitely not saying that Donald Trump is an unhinged megalomaniac who could bring the country to its knees. And were absolutely definitely not saying that every time something ridiculous dribbles down from his toupee and falls out of his mouth, it sounds exactly like your drunken uncle, Ol Racist Randy, from two Thanksgivings ago. All were saying is that he has a surprising amount in common with some of historys most terrible people. If you dont believe us, read on.
No one here can forget the reign of Saddam Hussein, the 24-year ruler of Iraq and brutal warmonger. Many watched the 2003 Iraq invasion in horror, but at the fall of Baghdad, one jubilant image remained seared in their memories for ever. As Iraq was liberated, a crowd gathered in Firdos Square to drag down the symbol of their oppression a 12-meter statue of Saddam himself.
Now, were currently scouring our brains to think of who else might have a giant monument dedicated to themselves. It would have to be really big say around 202 feet and possibly with their name emblazoned all over it. Who knows, this person might even have towers sorry, monuments all over the country and the world. Do you know anyone like that? Last name rhymes with dump?
Although criticized for gross human rights violations and oppression of various ethnic minorities, the media outside his country saw him as an essentially comic figure a wildly eccentric buffoon that was not to be taken seriously. Does that remind you of someone? Anyone at all?
Were actually talking about Idi Amin, the self-proclaimed King of Scotland (although Im sure Trump wouldnt mind the title, either) and eight-year tyrant of Uganda. Like Trump, Amin practiced nepotism, ensuring family members coasted into cushy positions and had access to all the right deals. But Amin had up to 45 children, so its no surprise that some of them turned up in positions of power. Whats Trumps excuse?
You knew that Hitler was going to be on this list. Its kind of an Internet law. So well get it out of the way early and state this upfront: Donald Trump is not Hitler. Yes, hes anti-Semitic, dreaming of an untainted nation, and yes, hes clearly insane. But apart from all the hate speech and woefully misinformed foreign policy, hes never going to start a global war. We dont think.
Where Hitler and Trump do see eye-to-eye, though, is their obsession with restoring their counties to their former glory. Make America Great Again. Thats the phrase, isnt it? So, Trump, when was America great, exactly? When you were making massive profits? And does that kind of misplaced machismo, hurt-pride, guns, glory, and willy-waving remind you of anything? Yes, we all would love our countries to be magnificent. But the sheer lunacy of trying to return it to a pure state, which never actually existed in the first place, is exactly what that little mustachioed crackpot was trying to do.
Baseball is truly one of the worlds great sports, and the sharp crack of wood on leather has the capacity to unite people from all walks of life. Like Fidel Castro and Donald Trump, for example. Although the legend that Castro once tried out for the Major Leagues is false, his love of the game is no secret. The real secret is the fact that despite layers of propaganda, he wasnt all that good at it.
Trump could sympathize. Although he did play baseball, and apparently he wasnt that bad, he had a one track mind and a violent temper that resulted in more than one broken bat. Fidels socialist revolution and frustrated ambitions shut down Cubas promising baseball league. Trumps Great Wall of Mexico could do the same. America, you were warned.
Theres one wonderful thing that joins Putin and Trump together. One beautiful, sparkling, radiant joy that exists in both of their lives. One endless source of pleasure that they both share. And his name is Vladimir Putin.
Its well known that Trump loves Putin, at various times calling him a leader far more than our president, highly respected, and my new best friend. Sure, its more of a friends-with-benefits deal, where benefits can be translated to mega bucks. But did you know that Vladimir Putin also loves Vladimir Putin? I mean, what other man would publish photos of himself scuba diving, kicking ass in Judo, going bare- and saggy-chested on a horse, and pretending to be a race car driver? I guess at least theyll have something to talk about on those long, cold Moscow nights.
While celebrated as a masterful military tactician and incredibly influential leader, Napoleon Bonaparte was also a dictator who used the chaotic French Revolution and rigged elections to seize power. As he waged battle after battle, his grip on the empire and his own power grew more and more tenuous. When things finally went pear-shaped in the Battle of Waterloo, he resorted to his final tactic: he blamed his own generals for his failings.
Because lets face it, finding a convenient scapegoat is just one of those things us fallible humans tend to do in the face of adversity. It would take a lot of courage and self-respect not to blame others for things going wrong. It would take a man like Donald Trump. What did he say recently about our generals? That they have been losing for us for a long period of time and have been reduced to rubble. Oh, oops.
Papa Doc Duvalier
Heres a fun fact thats making the CIA mighty nervous: Trump believes he has an incredible knack for predicting terrorism. Not in an educated way we would never pin that label on him but as an instinctual, gut feeling. But hes not the first to claim supernatural powers. François Papa Doc Duvalier, whose tyrannical legacy is still destroying Haiti, also said that he possessed divine powers. At one point he even boasted that he placed a curse that led to JFKs assassination.
The funny thing is that given the rich Haitian cultural traditions, we can maybe believe Papa Docs claims (although my Trump voodoo doll doesnt seem to be working). But its hard to imagine anyone in the world believes Trump. The poor guy couldnt even foresee his own bankruptcies.
The little-known dictator of Central Asian country Turkmenistan, Niyazov tried to make up for his obscurity by implementing a series of bizarre laws. During his 15-year reign of oddness, he banned dogs, lip-syncing, and make-up on newsreaders. Just to add to the circus (which he also banned, ironically), he renamed the months of the year and days of the week, then called himself Head of the Turkmen.
He also solved a problem thats been plaguing Trump for the entire campaign: how can I possibly ban all Muslims but not seem completely racist? Niyazov did it in simple move. He just banned beards. To be fair to Niyazov, it wasnt actually a racist agenda he just seemed to hate hipsters. But Trump really could have used him on the campaign trail.
Kim Jong Il
For this one, were going to let you guess who said what. Were not going to give you any clues, except we will tell you that you have two options, and one of them is Donald Trump. Heres the quote: My motto is: Always get even. When somebody screws you, screw them back in spades.
Was it a big, loud mouthed eccentric, obsessed with the idea that the rest of the world was meddling in their affairs? Who controlled a population that were only loyal to him because his face was all over the media, all the time? Who had a hot wife but incredibly appalling attitudes towards women? Or was it Kim Jong Il?
Also known as the Butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevics rule was characterized by ethnic cleansing, brutal suppression of political enemies, and power-hungry maneuvering that led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands. The wars in former Yugoslavia are still a raw wound in the minds of many, along with the incredibly violent protests and police brutality, directly sanctioned by Milosevic.
There is no joke to be had here. Donald Trump is well documented to have directly or indirectly incited violence at a number of his rallies, even going as far as saying that a protester should have been roughed up and that the violence adds to the excitement. His hate speech is one step away from systemic oppression and he has the power to lead many impressionable minds to a dangerous path of violence. In this regard, his resemblance to some of historys most dangerous criminals should not be ignored.
Zimbabwes troubled past (and present) isnt the result of only one pair of hands, but it wouldnt be totally wild to say that Robert Mugabe did not help at all. At 92 years old, the dictator still like Trump somehow finds the time to spout homophobic and anti-LGBT nonsense, and angle into wars purely as a grab for minerals.
Thats not where the similarities end, either. Both Mugabe and Trump are passengers on that leaky cruise liner of grand delusionists who think they know what do with your money, and both have proven themselves to be miserable failures. Trump has declared bankruptcy an astonishing four times, and Mugabe drove Zimbabwe to financial ruin when his market reforms led to an insane 79.6 BILLION percent. But you can bet their own retirement funds are looking healthy.
Trump would be the last to admit he had anything in common with Mexicans, but weve found him a strange ally: Porfirio Diaz. In fact, they probably would have got along famously. They could have held dinner parties and talked late into the night about the best way to ensure that Mexico never prospers. How to really screw over the people while pretending to be in favor of the working class.
You see, Porfirio Diaz styled himself as a revolutionary and a champion of the people. But during his three and half decades as Mexican president, he did everything in his power to destroy their hopes and spirits. Thanks to rampant corruption, nepotism, embezzlement, and forced dispossession, all that he achieved was an incredible gulf between his cronies and the peasant class. Now, Trump, theres something to aim for.
We could make a hilarious joke here about Chairman Mao and Trump firing people on The Apprentice, but were too classy for that. With the brand of hard-hitting investigative journalism that youve come to admire here at LifestylePassion, were going to dig deep into the iron-fisted and ham-fisted Cultural Revolution that set China back a few millennia.
During that time Mao Zedong and his buddies got rid of everything considered bourgeois and old, destroying historical sites, torturing and killing writers, banning books, plays, and opera, and forcing artists into manual labour. Now, Trump hasnt quite gone that far (yet), but his track record does not look good. Hes torn down classic Art Deco architecture, threatened to cut funding for the arts, tried to get the Brooklyn Museum shutdown, and told Andy Warhol his work wasnt color-coordinated. It seems the only relic he hasnt considered getting rid of is himself.
Simón Bolivar might be familiar to some as the great South American liberator. In the early 1800s, the Venezuelan born military leader freed almost all of modern day Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Panama, and Ecuador from Spanish rule. He was a hero, at least right up until the point he declared himself lifetime president over every single territory he had just freed.
We sincerely doubt that Trump is capable of such heroics, but it wouldnt be a surprise if he declared himself Ruler 4 Life. No, thats not what Bolivar and Trump have in common. Its actually their terrible hair. Managing endless military campaigns and trying to organize the wild South American jungles will, to be fair, put a limit on how much gel-time a guy has. But whats Trumps excuse? Did he find a flattened gopher on the side of the road and beg his mother to keep it?
Theres a lot of authors and would-be authors out there, and sadly theres also a lot of atrociously violent world leaders. It makes sense that occasionally these two worlds would overlap. I mean, if youve written a terrible book with terrible ideas, what better way to get it read than to take over the country?
Benito Mussolini is just one of a long line of authors-turned-dictators, but the Italian totalitarian (which, like a Tuscan wine, kind of rolls off the tongue) is famous for writing The Cardinals Mistress, a dreadful romance involving groaning breasts and no doubt much frenzied tearing of vestments. Trump has also repeatedly tried his (or someone elses) hand at writing, with almost twenty business books published to date. Seems like he just cant get his business tips right or no-ones reading them.
Its likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned toand was victorious inprofessional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills also known as Beshine measures at 59-28-36 and says shes the proud owner of the worlds largest fake breasts. And its not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, its difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isnt her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when shes knocked things over with her chest but it appears shes satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Real Life Anime Girl
Its official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we dont stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Todays example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed shes striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasnt enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. Ive never had a problem with having a long tongue, its just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "Id love to be in a movie. Im certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, Id love to meet Adam Sandler, hes my favorite."
World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary "there's nothing I can do about it," she says but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmilas parents noticed that their daughters body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmilas case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect peoples arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel
Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.