Interesting stories about famous people

29 August 2012
Unpopular books. Alexandre Dumas.
Unpopular books. Alexandre Dumas.
When Dumas was travelling across Russia he weте to one bookstore in a small south town.
29 August 2012
Charlie Chaplin. No need for rich relatives.
Charlie Chaplin. No need for rich relatives.
Born in an actors’ family Charlie Chaplin survived poverty and despair, once he received a strange letter and he was filled with hopes
29 August 2012
White house in Casablanca. Churchill and Roosevelt.
White house in Casablanca. Churchill and Roosevelt.
During the 2nd Word War German secret service intercepted a message about Roosevelt and Churchill’s meeting, the translator made a silly mistake.
29 August 2012
Winston Churchill. Favourite hobby.
Winston Churchill. Favourite hobby.
The British politician Winston Churchill always picked up pretenders for the position in his office by himself.
29 August 2012
History: Philip II and the reasons of peace.
History: Philip II and the reasons of peace.
Thousand words couldn’t be replaced by one very important and understandable.
29 August 2012
Jewish composer. Felix Mendelssohn
Jewish composer. Felix Mendelssohn
When Austria was occupied by German army every city had a military commandant, and in one town a commandant got to know that one building was decorated with the sculpture of Mendelssohn, the composer with Jewish roots.
29 August 2012
Philoksenos and his love towards a stone quarry
Philoksenos and his love towards a stone quarry
Poets always are considered as people with vulnerable souls but history knows many heroic deeds of poets, Pliliksenos is a good example.
29 August 2012
With the help of God. Beethoven.
With the help of God. Beethoven.
Once a young and inexperienced composer sent his score of his first big composition to Beethoven and asked him to appraise it.
29 August 2012
Haydn. A composer who doesn’t let sleep
Haydn. A composer who doesn’t let sleep
A great Austrian composer Haydn supposed that revenge is a symphony which should be olayed loudly, unexpectedly and in s certain moment.
29 August 2012
Sir Alexander Fleming: swamp, penicillin and world politics.
Sir Alexander Fleming: swamp, penicillin and world politics.
This wonderful story happened in Scotland at the end of XIX century, when a simple Scottish farmer mister Fleming was working on his field.
29 August 2012
Funny hierarchy. Frederick the Great.
Funny hierarchy. Frederick the Great.
A German emperor Frederick the Great took lessons of playing the flute from a musician who was a very strict teacher.
29 August 2012
Salvador Dali. The parson always christens his own child first
Salvador Dali. The parson always christens his own child first
A great Spanish painter-surrealist wrote memoirs and mentioned his friend of youth, a famous director and then they decided to meet.
29 August 2012
Richard Wagner. Without notes.
Richard Wagner. Without notes.
In 1855 Richard Wagner performed in London and he conducted without notes using only his memory, but the public wasn’t ready for such innovation.
29 August 2012
Mark Twain. Crime and witticism.
Mark Twain. Crime and witticism.
A genius joker Mark Twain often made acrimonious comments to different people. Many criminals, swindlers and speculators.
28 August 2012
Great absent-mindedness of the great scientist. Sir Isaac Newton
Great absent-mindedness of the great scientist. Sir Isaac Newton
It is known that great people are often absent-minded because they are concentrated on global problems.
28 August 2012
You can’t refuse to a classic. Giacomo Puccini
You can’t refuse to a classic. Giacomo Puccini
A great Italian composer once became a hostage of his generosity.
28 August 2012
An unusual gift. Charlie Chaplin
An unusual gift. Charlie Chaplin
As a proof of respect to Chaplin’s talent he was twice gifted with the same watch: once it was a professional thief and then a real owner of it.
28 August 2012
Francois Rabelais. Poison as a ticket to Paris.
Francois Rabelais. Poison as a ticket to Paris.
In order not to spend money on the way from Lyon to Paris Francois Rabelais invented a funny combination.
28 August 2012
A trap parable. Ariel Sharon.
A trap parable. Ariel Sharon.
When Ariel Sharon told a parable about Moses he only had an aim to make an intricate trap for his political opponent.
28 August 2012
Famous scrap metal. Victor Lustig
Famous scrap metal. Victor Lustig
A famous swindler Victor Lustig twice sold the Eiffel Tower to silly businessmen.
28 August 2012
August Kekule – the prophet of the organic chemistry
August Kekule – the prophet of the organic chemistry
Everything comes easily to talented people – a chemist Kekule slept and had a dream in which he made a great invention.
28 August 2012
Chemistry: odors and consequences. William Pope and John Reed.
Chemistry: odors and consequences. William Pope and John Reed.
Science as beauty also requires victims and sometimes great selflessness and fortitude.
28 August 2012
Confucius and the beggar. The philosopher’s doubts.
Confucius and the beggar. The philosopher’s doubts.
Confucius was sure that the only way to be happy was to follow rules and principles, but when he met a happy beggar he became to doubt.
28 August 2012
Newton: head in the clouds
Newton: head in the clouds
Isaac Newton was very absent-minded and was the main character of many funny stories.
28 August 2012
Witty word of Henry Ford
Witty word of Henry Ford
A word is force which can do practically everything.