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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 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 ...

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Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
2010, Pan Books (UK)

ISBN-13: 9780330512923

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Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
2009, Pan MacMillan

ISBN-13: 9780752227030

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