Saturday, October 02, 2010

five facts

Before becoming a revolutionary, Che Guevara was deemed unfit for military service in his native Argentina.

In 1989, the Republic of Abkhazia (in the former Soviet Georgia) proclaimed independence. To show the world they were rejecting their Communist past, they issued two postage stamps of Groucho Marx and John Lennon (as opposed to Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin).

In 1971, Representative Tim Moore sponsored a resolution in the Texas House of Representatives calling on the House to commend Albert de Salvo for his unselfish service to "his country, his state and his community... This compassionate gentleman's dedication and devotion to his work has enabled the weak and the lonely throughout the nation to achieve and maintain a new degree of concern for their future. He has been officially recognized by the state of Massachusetts for his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology." The resolution was passed unanimously. Rep. Moore then revealed he had only done this to show how the legislature passes bills often without reading them or understanding what they say. Albert de Salvo was better known as the Boston Strangler.

Lord Byron reverently kept a collection by which to remember his girlfriends; in various envelopes he placed their pubic hair. "Today in the offices of Byron's publisher in London are a number of envelopes [...] of differently coloured very curly hair beside the names of his girlfriends." Very curly.

The powerful banking family, the Medicis, kept a fully stocked dwarf mansion as a sort of human dollhouse.

groucho marx stamp Abkhazia

1 comment:

Hectocotylus said...

Sources: I heard the first fact in Manuel Pérez's documentary Che Guevara: Where You'd Never Imagine Him (2004) and was struck by the irony. The second fact is lifted word for word from Groucho Marx's imdb page. Fact three is taken from the book Pranks! (1988) by V. Vale. Facts four and five are from An Underground Education (1999) by Richard Zacks. (The remark "Very curly" is Zacks', not mine.)