Peter Freuchen, a Danish explorer known for his expeditions in the Arctic, created a dagger from his own feces to amputate part of his foot when it became trapped under an avalanche. A baboon named Jackie was made a corporal by the South African army in 1918, and even saw action, serving as a lookout for his regiment. Civil War Major General John Sedgwick's last words before being shot at the Battle of Spotsylvania were "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il once kidnapped a South Korean film director and his wife and held them hostage until they escaped eight years later. Radium used to be a popular ingredient in cosmetic products. It went as badly as you might expect. Australia once fought a war against emus, failed to take out very many emus, and then declared they had lost the war. Against emus.