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Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics

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An 18th-century French scholar attributed the British talent for eccentricity to a "mixture of fogs, beef, and beer . . . aggravated by the tedium of ... Show synopsis

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    Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics

    Trade paperback, Pan Books (UK)
    2010
    English
    298 pages

    ISBN: 0330512927
    ISBN-13: 9780330512923

    'The English aristocrat John 'Mad Jack' Mytton died a bloated, paralysed and penniless debtor in prison. His premature demise was partly due to injuries sustained while setting fire to his own night-shirt to try to cure hiccups. Just before the horribly burned Mytton slumped into unconsciousness he said, "Well, the hiccups is gone, by God."' An 18th-century French scholar attributed the British talent for eccentricity to a 'mixture of fogs, beef and beer...aggravated by the tedium of the English Sunday'. Whatever the reason ... Show more

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