They say you learn something new every day – but that doesn't mean it will be something interesting.
Here are some facts that are definitely going to have you saying, "Today I learned something INTERESTING today!"
2. Going into deep cover to do what they loved.
50 years before women were allowed to enrol into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.
4. A duel! With musical instruments?
When Beethoven was challenged to an improvisation duel by one of his rivals named Steibelt, Beethoven took a piece of Steibelt's music, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that theme for over an hour. Steibelt simply left halfway through.
5. He must have had a lot of faith in his writing.
While penniless and dying, Ulysses S Grant wrote a book of memoirs so his wife could live off of the royalties. Mark Twain heard the best royalty offer was 10% and immediately offered Grant 75% (story continued on the next page...).
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