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"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Albert Einstein

33 Interesting Facts about Famous People
Friday, 15 February 2008

1. Julius Caeser’s autograph is worth 2 million dollars, but one has not been found yet.

2. Charles Dickens slept facing North. He thought it improved his writing.

3. The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.



4. Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover the onset of baldness.

5. The house where Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence was replaced with a hamburger stand.

6. The Nobel Prize resulted form a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.

7. There was a person that paid $14,000 for the bra Marilyn Monroe wore in Some Like It Hot.

8. Mao Rse-Tang, the first chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, was born 26 December 1893. Before his rise to power, he occupied the humble position of Assistant Librarian at the University of Peking.

9. During World War One, the future Pope John XXIII was a sergeant in the Italian Army.

10. Albert Einstein was once offered the Presidency of Israel. He declined saying he had no head for problems.

11. When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his side didn't understand German.

12. Uri Geller, the professional psychic was born on December 20 1946. As to the origin of his alleged powers, Mr Geller maintains that they come from the distant planet of Hoova.

13. John Glenn, the American who first orbited the Earth, was showered with 3,529 tonnes of ticker tape when he got back.

14. Catherine the First of Russia, made a rule that no man was allowed to get drunk at one of her parties before nine o'clock.

15. During the reign of Elizabeth I, there was a tax put on men's beards.

16. Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except for the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.

17. Ernest Bevin, Minister of Labour during World War II, left school at the age of eleven.

18. Upon the death of F.D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman became the President of America on 12 April 1945. The initial S in the middle of his name doesn't in fact mean anything. Both his grandfathers had names beginning with 'S', and so Truman's mother didn't want to disappoint either of them.

19. One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter, half tonne cheese.

20. Sir Isaac Newton was obsessed with the occult and the supernatural.

21. Marie Currie, who twice won the Nobel Prize, and discovered radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was a woman.

22. John D. Rockefeller gave away over US$ 500,000,000 during his lifetime.

23. John Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, had a payphone in his mansion.

24. Sir Winston Churchill rationed himself to 15 cigars a day.

25. Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee'. His reply …' if you were my wife, I would drink it ! '.

26. The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

27. The only person who’s birthday is a legal holiday all across the U.S. is George Washington.

28. While at Havard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.

29. King Solomon of Israel had about 700 wives as well as hundreds of mistresses.

30. Charles the Simple was the grandson of Charles the Bald, both were rulers of France.

31. Englands Queen Anne (1665-1714) outlived all 17 of her children.

32. In 1944, Fidel Castro was voted Cuba’s best schoolboy athlete.

33. Mozart never went to school.


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