The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
Charles Dickens, who desperate for money, penned the classic holiday tale in six weeks only to sell out within a week. biography.com/news/charle…
During the US prohibition era, medicinal liquor was fraudulently exploited in many scams, one doctor cited for writing 475 prescriptions for whiskey in one day. Charles R. Walgreen, the founder of Walgreen's pharmacies expanded from 20 stores to a staggering 525 during the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Charles-Henri Sanson who, as Master Executioner under King Louis XVI, was responsible for executing 2,918 people. In April of 1792, Sanson became the first executioner to use the guillotine: less than a year later, he would use it on King Louis XVI himself during the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the "Scientists Corner." As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking's voice to the nearest black hole. nbcnews.com/news/obituari…
Today I learned about Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician born in 1815, regarded as one of the first computer programmers. She was the first to write a set of instructions - "notes" - intended to be carried out by a machine. She was a friend with Charles Babbage and other important scientists of the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Of "Champagne Charlie" Charles Heidsieck, He brought his wine to America, got ripped off by his American partner, then on the verge of bankruptcy, the brother of his former partner, feeling bad for him, gave him the deeds to a small town in Colorado called Denver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The poet Charles de Gaulle, uncle of the general/politician of the same name, was fluent in Breton, Welsh, and Gaelic. Additonally de Gaulle wrote extensive poetry in the languages, but never visited a Celtic-speaking country, as his poor health confined him to his apartment in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The first recorded use of the term "chips" to describe fried potatoes was in Charles Dicken's classic novel "A Tale of Two Cities" npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Charles Spencer Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, facing the loss of his ancestral estate negotiated a marriage with the Vanderbilt family for $76 million. He informed his new wife that he loved another woman, and would never return to America, as he "despised anything that was not British" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
Spiders use earth’s electric field to fly vast distances in a process called β€œballooning”. Charles Darwin first theorized that spiders use electric force to fly in 1832 when he observed the HMS Beagle was covered in webs while at sea. fortune.com/2018/07/06/sp…
Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect that designed Central Park in New York City, spent the last five years of his life in McLean hospital, a psychiatric hospital outside of Boston. He died there in 1903. Another famous patient was Ray Charles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown's affection, was based on a woman named Donna who Charles Schultz loved in his youth. Schultz proposed to her but she chose another man. Many Peanuts strips where characters discuss love are based on dates Schultz and Donna went on. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Charles Dickens' final novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was only half-finished when Dickens died. 3 years later, an American printer published a completed version which he claimed had been literally "ghost-written" by channeling Dickens' spirit - and it was praised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield, probably suffered from neurosyphillis, perhaps caught from a prostitute. He spent several years at a free love commune but could not get any of the women there to sleep with him, even earning the nickname "Charles Git-out" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1862 someone sent Charles Darwin a flower from Madagascar that had an extremely deep crevasse were the nectar was located. He predicted that there was a moth with an extraordinarily long tongue to reach the nectar. X. morganii was discovered nearly 150 years later feeding on the flower. theguardian.com/science/l…
During WWI Charles de Gaulle was imprisoned for 32 months in 6 different prison camps. He tried to escape 5 times in various ways, including hiding in a laundry basket, digging a tunnel, digging a hole through a wall, and even posing as a nurse to fool his guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1997, a woman from Kentucky left macho movie star Charles Bronson all of her money in a handwritten willβ€”a total of about $300,000. She’d never met him; she was just a fan. nypost.com/1999/02/24/bro…
The concept of A Charlie Brown Christmas was started without telling Charles Schulz about it. When McCann Erickson approached producer Lev Mendelson about the idea, he lied and said he and Schulz has discussed it, then called him and said he would have to write it tomorrow. nymag.com/vindicated/2016…
Today I learned of French inventor Charles-Γ‰mile Reynaud. He invented the ThéÒtre Optique, a device for projecting film made several years before the cinematograph (the first widespread projector). Reynaud made the first animated films ever but threw them into a river in a fit of depression. All but one is lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Charles Frederick Worth was the first designer to have his name sewn into the garments that he created en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
The face of the well-loved rum brand, Captain Morgan, was a real person. Sir Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer who fought for the English against the Spanish in the Caribbean during the 1660s and 1670s. Capt. Henry Morgan was knighted by King Charles II, and died in Jamaica a wealthy man. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Michael Douglas, Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Barry Bostwick, Burt Reynolds, and Mick Jagger were all considered for the lead role in Fletch before casting Chevy Chase en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Black Flag singer Henry Rollins worked with Charles Manson on his music faroutmagazine.co.uk/henr…
Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales) actually authored a children's book, titled 'The Old Man of Lochnager', that was published in 1980. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Charles Bello bought 240 acres of redwoods for $45,000 in 1968 to protect them from logging and continues to live there today in a parabolic cabin powered by solar power outsideonline.com/2411200…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned about Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who walked across the Niagra Gorge numerous times. He made the journey backward, blindfolded, in a sack, somersaulting, locked in chains, on stilts, and carrying people on his back. On one occasion he even stopped halfway and cooked an omelette. ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
After β€œIt’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" aired, people mailed in bags of candy to Charles Schulz's office for Charlie Brown, feeling so bad for him. livestly.com/5-facts-abou…
In 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood tried to steal the crown jewels. The audacious plot was foiled but the colorful personality of Blood so amused King Charles, he awarded Blood an estate in Ireland. This inspired the quip: "Since loyalty does not man good, Let's steal the King, and outdo Blood!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Animal House was originally going to be about Charles Manson In High School, until they scrapped it indiewire.com/2013/01/ani…
Charles Robert Jenkins, a disgruntled US solider, who in 1965 drank 10 cans of beer before abandoning his post in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula of South & North Korea - a mistake which led to Jenkins living under the brutal Kim regime for ~40 YEARS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Irving Kanarek (Charles Mansons defense lawyer) was known for outrageous delaying tactics. He once claimed that a witness's name was hearsay as the witness had heard it from his mother first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv…
, Addams Family creator Charles Addams was a distant relative of former US president John Adams, even with a different spelling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
While filming β€˜Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, the actor who voiced Roger, Charles Fleischer, insisted on wearing a Roger Rabbit costume on set, in spite of the fact that he wouldn’t be appearing on camera. He did it to get into character. youtube.com/watch?v=JTxwG…
The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Gerald Charles Dickens, is an actor who has written and performed one-man shows of Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about Charles Liteky, the only Medal of Honor recipient to return the medal. He saved 20 wounded soldiers, while he was an unarmed chaplain, during intense enemy fire, in 1967. He ultimately chose to return the honor in 1986, as protest of US policies in Central America. Citation in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In her wedding in 1981 Princess Diana deviated from tradition and omitted the line in which she promised to "obey" Prince Charles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St Louis, was designed with the fuel tank in front because he had crashed before and didn't want to sit between the engine and fuel tank in case of crash. It totally blocked his view and he had to look out of the side windows or a periscope to see ahead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The last Confederate killed in the American Civil War, Charles A.L. Lamar, also happened to have sponsored the second-last ship bringing an illegal cargo of enslaved Africans to the U.S. - the ship was later seized by the Union navy and converted into a gunboat, the USS Wanderer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Maryland is not named for Queen Mary, Daughter of Henry the VIII, but for the wife of King Charles I en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Charles Darwin lost his faith in God after witnessing parasitic wasp larvae devour a caterpillar from the inside out. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In the early 18th century, Charles Hamilton placed an ad for a hermit to live in his estate for seven years in exchange for Β£700 (roughly $900, or $77,000 in today’s money). mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1 vox.com/2019/4/3/18293950…
The expressions "the sun never sets on the empire" was not coined for the British Empire. It was for Charles V's (1500 - 1558) dominions which included the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and encompassed both the long-lasting Spanish and the short-lived German colonizations of the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson, known then for his love of dueling, killed famed attorney Charles Dickinson in a duel history.com/this-day-in-h…
At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled "General De Gaulle" in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany "sometime in the 1930s." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…

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