Propaganda and image play a big part in any politicians’ life. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was no exception. He was often photographed shirtless and sweating, working in a field or performing some other perceived macho activity.

In other times he was captured by the lens posturing theatrically in a bemedaled uniform on a balcony before a large massed audience. What was unusual about one propaganda photo shown of him playing chess?

Answer: He didn’t know how to play the game.

Source: The Modern World since 1870 by L E Snellgrove

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