Salvador Dali believed he was the reincarnation of the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross (24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, born at Fontiveros, Old Castile. Dali also designed the logo for Chupa Chups lollipops in 1969, since when more than 40 billion have been sold. Dali is also known to have painted his armpits blue.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama
The present Dalai Lama is the 14th consecutive reincarnation of Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of compassion. His real name is Lhamo Dhondrub. The son of a farmer, Tibetan monks dreamt his whereabouts when he was a toddler and spent three months searching the country for him. They found the predicted house – turquoise roof tiles, oddly-shaped gutters, next to a monastery – when the boy was two. He was enthroned as Dalai Lama aged 4 in 1940. The Dalai Lama prays for five and a half hours every day to develop compassion and to reduce his natural anger. For him, Buddhism “thrives on evil” because it provides him with something on which to exercise his compassion.
Lettuce is a kind of daisy. Both belong to the same botanical family as thistles, dandelions, chicory and nipplewort.
Dahlias were discovered by the Spanish in Mexico at around the same time as potatoes, tomatoes and maize. The Spanish tried eating all of them, but the dahlias were disgusting.
All parts of the daffodil are poisonous. An extract of daffodil bulbs, when applied to open wounds, produces staggering, numbness of the whole nervous system, and paralysis of the heart. If you are trapped in a small space with a daffodil, it will give you a headache. There have been several cases of death by daffodil poisoning in which the bulbs were eaten in mistake for onions.
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