No, this isn't about genocide or other war crimes, although history's worst dictators did plenty of that. Instead, Cracked lets us in on the weird peccadilloes indulged in by guys who could get away with them. There's Stalin putting humorous captions on nude pictures, Muammar Gaddafi's crush on Condoleeza Rice, Castro's ice cream obsession, and former Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu, who took extreme measures because he knew how hated he was. Normally, paranoid autocrats have their food tasted in case of poison, but Ceausescu went a step further.
Concerned that he might be poisoned by osmosis via substances put into the fabric of his clothes, Ceausescu began wearing a different suit every day and burning his clothes and shoes after a single wearing. Prior to being worn, each article of clothing was stored in a clear plastic bag and "sealed with high frequency electrical equipment." Once removed, clothing was stamped with colored ink and sent to the incinerator, leaving Ceausescu in a perpetual state of breaking in new shoes. His staff kept a 365-day supply of suits and shoes on hand, each article hermetically sealed and stored inside a climate-controlled warehouse.
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