Belardes, the author of Random Obsessions, is a Gleaner with a capital G!
|Joyce with patron Sylvia Beach|
Did you know that
200 bands worldwide perform songs relating to the Harry Potter series?
Huckleberry Finn was self-published?
James Joyce had a canine phobia? (To fend off possible attacks he almost always sported a cane, the famous "ashplant" of Stephen Dedalus.)
Oscar Wilde employed a surrogate to send out locks of hair to admirers?
During WWI, the Brits executed 306 men for cowardice or desertion?
There's such a thing as "foreign accent syndrome"? And no, Sid Caesar did not suffer from it, but in 1941 a Norwegian woman with head trauma did, and was discriminated against for the rest of the war for sounding like a German.
The aptly named horny goat weed works just as well as Viagra in lab experiments? (The Chinese came up with that one …. & it's a darn sight better than rhinoceros horns and other assorted nostrums.)
Vinegar helps bruising and toothpaste insect bites? (not yet tested by yours truly)
Manuka honey from New Zealand can kill ~250 bacteria strains, and it helps heal burns? (ditto)
Sufferers from Capgras syndrome firmly believe their family members—and even their pets—are imposters? "One woman, looking into a mirror and seeing an imposter, screamed and called herself a hussy." (A 2006 National Book award winner for fiction, The Echo Maker by Richard Power's centered on the affliction.)Well, I only knew the last one ….how about you??