First I’ll apologize if this post looks crazy. I logged in to post for today and discovered WordPress changed everything since last month. Oh, well, here goes my blog attempt. Wish me luck.
History is full of quirky little facts. Sometimes, I like to work one or two of these interesting tidbits into the books I write—as long as I can do it organically.
For example, in Heat Lightning, a romantic suspense, I had the nervous heroine entertain the hero with some trivia she’d read about the invention of the vacuum cleaner. Sounds silly, I know, but it broke the ice between them. Trust me, there was plenty of ice between those two.
Of course, I collect far more facts than I can ever use. For your entertainment, in no particular order, here are a few to entertain you. Warning, I read these in a couple of those trivia collection books but cannot verify the truthfulness of them.
Hard To Believe, But…
In 1439, kissing was officially banned in England in an effort stop disease from spreading. (Bet the whole nation became a bunch of lawbreakers.)
In 1912, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise money and gave away live babies as prizes!
John F. Kennedy, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.
Karl Marx was once a correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune.
Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard during high school and saved 77 people’s lives. (Seriously?)
Everyone knows the Aztecs made human sacrifices, but did you know in 1487, 20,000 people were sacrificed at the dedication of the temple in Tenochtitlan.
The Romans used human urine as mouthwash. (OMG!!!)
On the subject of urine, in the Regency period when men retired to a room for whisky, it was common for them to urinate into the fireplace.
In the 19th century a popular medicine for kids was Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup which had morphine as the active ingredient.
In early Rome a father could legally kill anyone in his family.
A couple of centuries ago, pregnant women were not given anything to relieve the pain of childbirth because pain was considered God’s punishment for Eve’s eating the forbidden fruit.
Attila the Hun bled to death from a nosebleed on his wedding night.
People have been wearing glasses for about 700 years.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
There is no known civilization that did not tax. Even the very first known civilization, the Sumerians, recorded their tax history on clay cones.
For Your Consideration: Heat Lightning
Secrets, lies, passion. What Tessa doesn’t remember may just be the death of her.
Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. David’s touch makes Tessa throb. Desire flashes between them like heat lightning on a summer night. Her body knows David, but when she looks at him, he is a stranger to her. Not a flicker of memory is left of him or their life together since she awakened from a coma.
Amnesia has left her with nothing but questions. Who is she? Why does David seem to hate her even as he pulls her into his arms? What is he hiding? How can she trust him when her gut says, Trust no one?
As her love for David grows, so does her feeling of foreboding—as if something awful is watching and waiting.
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