After his first show was a Broadway flop, Cole Porter joined the French Foreign Legion and won the Croix de Guerre in 1917. He had a leg amputated after a riding accident in 1937 and had a piano built around his bed so he could continue work.
QUEUEINGA world record for the longest queue for a toilet was set in 2009 by... MORE
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MUGGINGThe first Muggers Conference was held in Bangladesh in 1996.
It ended with the title of... MORE
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ROSSINIThe composer Rossini was born on 29 February 1792. As 1800 was not a leap... MORE
FRANCEIn the ninth century, France was ruled by kings known as Charles the Bald, Charles... MORE
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The gesture dates back to the practice of... MORE
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SCOTTScottish author who wrote the novel Ivanhoe. 'Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott' is an anagram... MORE
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BREASTMammarism was invented around 1940 by the American Patrick Cullen. It is a form of... MORE
MANDELAOn Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday on 18 July 1988, Margaret Thatcher was the only Western... MORE
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