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

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

by Karl Shaw

About this title: 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, the British Isles do seem to have thrown up more than their fair share of magnificent oddballs, the finest of which are profiled in this fast, funny celebration of over 200 aristocrats, inventors, artists, and the just plain weird. Some included examples are: Dr. Samuel Johnson is said to have shaved off all of his bodily hair, just to ... read more

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