The ancient Greek colonial city of Sybaris had their plumbing priorities in the right place. They are said to have had pipelines that brought wine from the countryside vineyards directly into the city and their homes.

The ancient Greek colonial city of Sybaris had their plumbing priorities in the right place. They are said to have had pipelines that brought wine from the countryside vineyards directly into the city and their homes.

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Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding night ran into some trouble when, as he and his wife Josephine tried to consummate their marriage, Josephine’s dog bit him hard on the leg. Apparently the animal was unhappy at having a new person sharing the bed.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding night ran into some trouble when, as he and his wife Josephine tried to consummate their marriage, Josephine’s dog bit him hard on the leg. Apparently the animal was unhappy at having a new person sharing the bed.

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Charles Dickens always slept facing north, in an effort to battle insomnia – when he travelled, he would carry a compass with him and move his bed around so it was correctly aligned. He also liked to face north while writing, believing it aided his creativity.

Charles Dickens always slept facing north, in an effort to battle insomnia – when he travelled, he would carry a compass with him and move his bed around so it was correctly aligned. He also liked to face north while writing, believing it aided his creativity.

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The first modern dishwashing machine was invented by wealthy American socialite Josephine Cochrane in 1886 – not to reduce the amount of kitchenwork she had to do, because she never did any, but because she was annoyed with her servants chipping her china.

The first modern dishwashing machine was invented by wealthy American socialite Josephine Cochrane in 1886 – not to reduce the amount of kitchenwork she had to do, because she never did any, but because she was annoyed with her servants chipping her china.

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In space, no one can hear you cry. Because you can’t. Astronauts are unable to cry properly because there is no gravity and tears cannot flow properly as they would on Earth. It is possible to produce tears in space – but they would leave the eye and float around.

In space, no one can hear you cry. Because you can’t. Astronauts are unable to cry properly because there is no gravity and tears cannot flow properly as they would on Earth. It is possible to produce tears in space – but they would leave the eye and float around.

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When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, one of the people arrested on suspicion of its theft was Pablo Picasso. He’d been implicated by his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire; both men were questioned, and eventually released.

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, one of the people arrested on suspicion of its theft was Pablo Picasso. He’d been implicated by his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire; both men were questioned, and eventually released.

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