“I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.” — Babe Ruth
On July 17, 1945, Suite 212 of Claridge’s Hotel in London became part of Yugoslavia. Queen Alexandra was giving birth, and Winston Churchill made the concession so that the new prince could be born on Yugoslavian soil.
As Britain prepared for World War I, officers were required to have their swords sharpened.
When Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize in 1930, he began to receive fan mail. One young woman proposed becoming his secretary. “I’ll do everything for you,” she wrote. “And when I say everything, I mean everything.” Lewis’ wife, Dorothy, saw the letter and responded. “My dear Miss,” she wrote. “My husband already has a […]
Napoleon Bonaparte described medicine as “a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
Kim Peek, the basis for Dustin Hoffman’s character in the film Rain Man, has memorized 9,600 books.
“No human thing is of serious importance.” — Plato
In 1933, a thoroughbred stallion named Brokers Tip won the Kentucky Derby. It was the only win of his career.
“It is human nature to hate those whom you have injured.” — Tacitus
In 1688, John Locke received a letter from scientist William Molyneaux posing a curious philosophical riddle: Suppose a blind man learned to identify a cube and a sphere by touch. If the shapes were then laid before him and his vision restored, could he identify them by sight alone? Three hundred years later, it’s still […]