A month ago, when I wrote, If history were recorded by fashion writers, I was a little afraid that people wouldn't get all the semi-hidden references. A couple days ago I asked an Ivy-eduated guy if he'd gotten them all, and it turned out he'd only gotten a few of them.
If you haven't read the post, please do so. Then see how many of the following references you recognized.
Attila the Hun:
"The scourge of everyone who finds grunge acceptable" -- Attila was known as "the Scourge of God."
Vlad III of Wallachia (popularly known as Vlad the Impaler):
"The prince's piercing gaze….If fashion were a car race, Vlad would be sitting in the pole position!" -- Vlad was known to kill people by sitting them atop a long pointed stake placed in their anus which would gradually sink into their intestines.
"Count Dracula wouldn't be caught dead in anything less!" The vampire Dracula was said to have been based on Vlad.
"Francisco is one macho peach, you can't deny that!" -- a reference to Machu Picchu, the most famous site of the Incas. (This one was a little forced, I admit.)
"The black shirt reflects Benito's point of view perfectly." -- Mussolini's squads of goons were known as the "Blackshirts."
"The hands of his German Leica sweep around their axis reliably" -- a reference to the Axis powers.
"Adolf's final solution was pure genius" -- You probably know what Hitler's "final solution" was.
"Political power may come from the barrel of a gun" -- from a well known Mao saying.
The "long march" was what his troops engaged in during their successful revolution.
Noriega actually did help both Escobar and Castro, and was said to have homosexually sodomized his prisoners during torture.
"One does not earn that kind of hardware by cannibalizing others' heroism." -- Amin was widely thought to have eaten some of his enemies.
"Woe to the man who does not let that locker be!" -- a reference to Lockerbie, Scotland, where Libyan terrorists, on Khaddafi's orders, took down a passenger jet.
If you spotted all the references, you get an A in History.