“When asked…” Anecdotes

When asked why he had a horseshoe on his door, physicist Niels Bohr answered, “Of course I don’t believe in it, but I understand it brings you luck, whether you believe in it or not.”

When asked in a radio interview if she thought the barriers of the British class system had broken down, Barbara Cartland answered, “Of course they have, or I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to someone like you.”

When asked by a priest, “Do you forgive your enemies,” the dying Spanish general Ramon Blanco y Erenas answered, “No, I don’t have any enemies. I’ve had them all shot.”

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During the siege of Paris in 1870, the artist Manet’s cat was eaten by a person, or persons, unknown.

In 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law by a margin of 398 to 1.

Damfino was Victorian slang for ‘damned if I know’.

Barbara Cartland dictated all her novels (over 700 titles) to a secretary, while lying on a sofa with a white fur rug and a hot water bottle.

Mohammed Salah al-Munajjid, the Sheik of Saudi Arabia, decreed in 2015 that making snowmen is a punishable offence.

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Until 1800, cookery was so dangerous that it was the second commonest cause of death among women (after childbirth). Their skirts caught on the open fires of the hearth. Deaths were dramatically reduced by the invention of the closed range by George Bodley in 1802.

George Gershwin

George Gershwin

When George Gershwin first performed Rhapsody in Blue at the Aeolian hall on 42nd Street, New York, both Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff were in the audience.

In 1931, Barbara Cartland invented the world’s first aeroplane-towed glider airmail with the help of two RAF officers.

Liechtenstein was the last European country to give women the vote in 1984. As a tax haven, the country contains more companies than residents.

A few years before he died, Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) of Brompton-by-Sawdon, Yorkshire designed and flew the first man-carrying glider.

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