I'll pass on two things I found at Cracked. First, a list of five celebrity outbursts, the first of which is the main one I'll point to and not an outburst, just very upsetting to many: Sean Connery from 1965
And years later, when Barbara Walters was having a fit over it:
When she presses him, Connery explains that you only beat women, "If you've tried everything else, and -- women are pretty good at this -- they can't leave it alone. They want to have the last word, and you give them the last word, but they're not happy with the last word. They want to say it again, and get into a really provocative situation. Then I think it's absolutely right.
I'd not heard about this before; must've shocked hell out of her when she pressed him and the response was "I haven't changed my opinion."*
The other: The 10 Greatest Uses of Trash Talk in the History of War. All interesting, two from Sparta, and this one from the Civil War:
It all got started when Union General Philip Sheridan was instilling confidence in his men while keeping a flask of some liquid confidence of his own close by. Suddenly, he spotted some Confederates peeking down on him from their higher ground at Missionary Ridge. So, being an officer and a gentleman, he raised his flask to them and calmly toasted: "Here's at you!"
The Confederates, pissed off at this display, responded with a volley of gunfire that splattered the Irishman and his Union officers with dirt. Sheridan, his toast so rudely interrupted, turned at his assailants and roared ...
"That was ungenerous! I'll take your guns for that!"
His army promptly mistook this outburst as an order and stormed up the slopes toward the Confederates on Missionary Ridge, along with the seething Sheridan himself -- while Sheridan's bewildered superior, General Ulysses S. Grant, was left wondering what the hell was going on.
Been a long time since I read about this, and I do believe this is a somewhat simplified version. But they did take the ridge.
*And of all the women you've ever known who almost melted at the sound of his name, how many do you think would change their opinion after hearing this?