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The sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160 kilometres away.

As a child, writer and comedian Stephen Fry owned a mouse called Snowball.

According to the Qur’an, Satan himself was left-handed.

The English chemist Sir Humphry Davy was so famous in his lifetime that he once received a letter from Italy addressed simply SIR OMFRE DEVI / LONDRA.

In Latin, ignoring a difference in pronunciation, anus either means ‘anus’ or ‘old woman’.

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Dante’s Divine Comedy‏

The Divina Comedia (Divine Comedy) is an epic poem written by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The poem describes Dante’s trip through the afterlife with his companion Virgil. The poem is split in three parts: Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise, or Heaven).

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”
― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Since it is not exactly funny, it is in no modern sense of the word a comedy. A comedia at the time simply meant the story would end well.

The journey lasts for three days, covering Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday; during the so-called holy week when – or so Christians believe – for some reason Christ journeyed through hell and back to heaven. A journey which according to Christians took three days.

“The more a thing is perfect, the more if feels pleasure and pain.”
― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

One of the things that makes the Divine Comedy special is the fact that god, as a character, is the most distant shell that surrounds the geocentric universe. However, once Dante travels almost to that outside point, he converges from an outside sphere to a god who is at the very centre of that sphere.

“In the midst of my days I shall go to the gates of the nether region”.
― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Another curiosity is Dante and his companion Virgil’s meeting with the devil; at the end of their journey through The Inferno, Virgil and Dante encounter Satan at find him feasting on the bodies of Brutus, Cassius, Judas.

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”
― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Language of the Devil

‘William Lorimer’s translation of the New Testament is a recent, belated triumph for Scots. Finally published in 1983, it was an immediate bestseller and has been popular with Scots churchgoers ever since. […] In the Lorimer New Testament only the devil speaks Standard English.’

– McCrum. R., MacNeil. R., Cran. W. 1986. The Story of English London, Great Britain: BBC Books (2002) p. 150