Monday, February 2, 2009

did you know

Denis Roche, titled 22 fevrier, 1985

In 1983 Tennessee Williams chokes to death on a bottle cap that accidentally dropped into his mouth while he was using a nasal spray.

In 1850 Honore de Balzac dies of caffeine poisoning after regularly drinking about fifty cups of black coffee per day.

In 1963 Sylvia Plath gasses herself in her kitchen oven at the age of thirty.

In 1950 George Bernard Shaw falls out of the apple tree he was pruning at the age of ninety-four.

In 1156 Pietro Aretino, an Italian satirist, poet, and critic, laughs so hard at a scene in a play involving one of his sister that he falls off his chair, fatally striking his head on the floor.

Adolf Hitler, according to Soviet medical reports, he did indeed have only one ball. According to Eva Braun, Hitler's testicular damage was the result of "a boyhood mishap" with a wild alpine goat.

Joseph Stalin's left foot had webbed toes and his left arm was shorter than his right.

Lord Byron was born with a clubfoot, which he later attributed to his mother's tight corsets.

Napoleon had hemicryptorchidism--one undescended testicle.

Moses, a reluctant public speaker who described himself as "heavy of mouth," had a major speech impediment and probably suffered from a cleft lip and palate. In Exodus 6:12, Moses describes himself as having "uncircumcised lips."

Apotemnophobia--fear of amputees
Bolshephobia--fear of Bolsheviks
Bromidrosiphobia--for of body odor
Defecaloesiophobia--fear of painful bowel movements
Eurotophobia--fear of female genitalia
Geniophobia--fear of chins
Medomalacuphobia--fear of losing an erection
Papaphobia--fear of the pope
Peladophobia--fear of bald people
Taeniophobia--fear of tapeworms
Venustraphobia--fear of beautiful women
Zemmiphobia--fear of the great mole rat

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Eva said...

Papaphobia -- oh, yes, I have that, too.

lilaphase said...

I think I have at least one of each!

Jennifer H said...

Wow right back at ya. That's a lot of stuff I didn't know and an amazing photograph above it. I'll be back for more.

ArtSparker said...

Thanks. Sometimes zany facts are just the thing.

notmassproduced said...

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mouse (aka kimy) said...

here I had always thought I was a font of useless information and the only two things from your list that I knew was that plath gassed herself and that hitler had one ball (although I didn't know why)....

but what I really want to know is why would anyone develop a specific word to express a fear of the great mole rat!

Wildeve said...

I love it! What a fun post. I'm definitely afraid of the Giant Mole Rat.

Avid Reader said...

holy moly--is that true about T. Williams???