Josip Broz, known as Tito, was a Second World War Yugoslavian resistance leader and charismatic Socialist President of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 to 1980.
A combination of pride, fear and jealousy had spurred Stalin to attempt to have Tito killed – and no less than 22 assassination attempts had been made in the years after the war.
Tito, tired of Stalin’s attempts to assassinate him, openly wrote: “Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won’t have to send another.” This was certainly the most badass and coolest line in History.
Ironically enough, Stalin’s death – either by natural causes or at the hands of a Tito assassin – was largely his own doing.
He ruled with such ruthlessness – executing anyone who stood in his way or defied his orders – that even his own security team was effectively paralysed with fear.
In 1955 when Nikita Khrushchev visited Belgrade, he apologised to Tito for Stalin’s assassination attempts, and congratulated him on his survival.
He said: ‘You did well in protecting yourself. You had good guards and good informants who informed you about everything Stalin was planning for you.’
Tito responded: ‘Stalin knew that I was very well guarded. After many warnings that it was enough sending assassins, he evidently got a bit scared.’
Parents like to tell children that playing too many video games will melt their brains. Actually, surgeons in the medical community who grew up playing video games make an average of 37% fewer mistakes than their video game illiterate colleagues.
It is possible for a set of twins to have two different fathers. The condition is called heteropaternal superfecundation, and it happens when a woman ovulates twice in one month and has sex with two different men while ovulating. There are only a few recorded cases of it in history (a lot of that could stem from the fact that DNA tests have only been around since 1984), but what is really amazing is that it has happened not once, but twice at the place where people go to get paternity matters dealt with.
The first case of two different men fathering a set of twins happened in 2008. A woman named Regina was on the show to see if her ex-boyfriend was the father of her twins, and he was only the father to one of them.
The second time was in 2011 when 19-year-old Alejandrina went on the show claiming that her boyfriend Jose was the father of her twins. She also emphatically denied sleeping with anyone else but Jose. Well, the lie detector determined that was a lie, and the DNA test proved that Jose was only the father to one of the twins.
Siblings can have different fathers – technically making them half-siblings – but what about twins? Yes, it can happen. In fact, one study estimates that as many as 1 in 400 sets of fraternal twins is “bipaternal.
Both times it happened on the show, Maury and the audience were shocked. Mostly by the whole “twins by different parents” thing, but probably at least in part by the fact that Maury is still on the air.