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14 Animals That Changed the World

By Becky Ferreira Jun 17, 2013

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The Pig That Killed a King

Cleopatra chose her death, but Philip of France was offed by a pig without any say in it at all. In 1131, only two years after his coronation, Philip was riding with his pals along the Seine, probably making jokes about how bad English food is. Suddenly, a random pig bolted out in front of his group, and Philip's horse flipped out and summersaulted with Philip still onboard. The injuries were so bad that he died the next day. His successor, Louis VII, was the dummy who got France into the disastrous Second Crusade, which cost many thousands of lives. Thanks a lot, pig!

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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