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Curing Hiccups with Small Fires

Curing Hiccups with Small Fires
Item# 9780330512923

Product Description

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Author: Karl Shaw

A Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics

`The English aristocrat John `Mad Jack` Mytton died a bloated, paralysed and penniless debtor in prison. His premature demise was partly due to injuries sustained while setting fire to his own night-shirt to try to cure hiccups. Just before the horribly burned Mytton slumped into unconsciousness he said, “Well, the hiccups is gone, by God.”`

An 18th-century French scholar attributed the British talent for eccentricity to a ‘mixture of fogs, beef and beer…aggravated by the tedium of the English Sunday’. Whatever the reason, the British Isles do seem to have thrown up more than their fair share of magnificent oddballs, the finest of which are profiled in this fast, funny celebration of over 200 aristocrats, inventors, artists and the just plain weird... (pb)