The legendary Canadian ice-hockey goalie Jacques Plante loved to knit.
In the 1817 Rossini opera La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) a silver spoon is stolen by a magpie, a crime for which an innocent serving maid is sentenced to death. This theme was later used by Hergé in the 1963 Tintin album The Castafiore Emerald.
According to Cicero, both philogyny and misogyny could be considered a disease in Greek philosophy.
The coastline of Africa is shorter than the coastline of Greenland.
At New York in 1916, the Serbian chess Grandmaster Borislav Kostić once played twenty opponents without sight of a board. He won nineteen games and drew one, while engaging in polite conversation with opponents and spectators. During World War II, he was imprisoned in a concentration camp by the SS because he declined to participate in several tournaments called Free Europa to glorify the Nazi regime. He died in Belgrade in 1963, aged 76.
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