March 26th…….

English novelist Arnold Bennett died trying to impress his girlfriend. When a Parisian waiter advised him against drinking the café’s toxic tap water, Bennett took a sip to show his lady companion that he wasn’t afraid of a little bacteria. “Ah, ce n’est pas sage, Monsieur, ce n’est pas sage!” …

March 25th…..

After serving as President of Poland for five years,the splendidly mustachioed Lech Wałęsa resumed his old job as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard, on the Baltic coast, repairing forklifts and electric vehicles for the equivalent of $1.40 an hour. When he returned to the shipyard gates on April 2, …

March 24th…..

According to Italian tradition, the city of Venice was founded at the stroke of noon on Friday, March 24th, 421, when a group of Paduan refugees gathered in the marshlands off the northern coast of Italy and laid the cornerstone of San Giacomo Church. Venice’s creation myth was part of …

Dionysus and ale……

Greek tradition has it that the god of wine, Dionysus, fled from Mesopotamia in disgust because its people were so addicted to beer – or, more correctly, ale, since the preservative herbs used in true beer were not introduced until the end of the Middle Ages. Certainly, a staggering amount of the …

March 23……..

In the early hours of March 23rd, 2003, while transporting cargo from Cork, Ireland, to Lübeck, Germany, the RMS Mülheim ran aground at Land’s End, a rocky headland on the west coast of England. By the afternoon, conspiracists were bubbling over with theories. Like the Bermuda Triangle, Land’s End, with …

March 22nd…..

Shortly after America declared its independence from Britain, it adopted the bald eagle as its national bird. Until the day he died, Benjamin Franklin regretted the decision. In a letter to his daughter in 1784, he wrote: For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen …

A kiss is just a kiss…….

Apparently not…as you will find out below: 1. Herquebus (c.1566) The noun buss, meaning ‘a kiss, especially a loud or vigorous one – a smacker’, is first found in the mid-16th century, according to the wonderful people responsible for the OED. It may be a variant of the earlier bass …