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Penchant For Pink

1922: The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun sparked a worldwide craze for ancient Egypt. One manifestation of “Tutmania” was the novelist Barbara Cartland’s penchant for billowy pink chiffon. “I saw all this wonderful pink on the walls and the artefacts [of the tomb],” she recalled many years later. “I was so terribly impressed that I vowed to wear it for the rest of my life.”

Source: The Irish Times, 28 March 1998


1921: In January, D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, toured Sardinia. Lawrence described their visit in a brief, sometimes tetchy book, Sea and Sardinia. When they boarded the ferry at the end of their trip, Frieda refused to share a cabin with three Italian women since, although the sea was smooth as glass, she knew they “would all be sick simply for the fuss of it”.

Source: D.H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia (1989), p. 174

Helpful Police

1919: When Davidson Black, newly arrived at Peking Union Medical College, required cadavers for teaching his students anatomy, the police obligingly sent a cartload of executed prisoners, all headless. Black explained that he needed the bodies intact, so next time the prisoners were sent to him alive, with instructions that he was to execute them any way he wished.

Source: Alan Walker and Pat Shipman, The Wisdom of Bones: In Search of Human Origins (1996), p. 46

Coriolis Effect

1918: When the Germans began bombarding the French capital from 120 kilometres away with the gigantic Pariser Kanone, the shells took so long to reach the target – three minutes – that the gunners had to adjust their aim to take into account the Earth’s rotation.

Source: Jearl Walker, The Flying Circus of Physics (2007), p. 66