Paris Syndrome is a mental disorder that involves hallucinations, anxiety, hostility, and other stress-related issues, which are triggered by the extreme shock tourists face when Paris does not match up to their high expectations. Japanese tourists are known to be very vulnerable to this disorder, studies show 20 out of the 6 million Japanese tourists visiting Paris each year are faced with this disturbance. The phenomenon has only been known to occur in the French capital and in 1986, professor Hiroaki Ota, a Japanese psychiatrist, became the first person to diagnose the condition.
Marrying for Bacon!
The Essex market town of Great Dunmow in England keeps alive a curious tradition: It awards a flitch of bacon (the whole side of a hog!) to any married couple who can swear, after a year and a day, that they have not regretted their marriage. The custom goes back to the 1200s and perhaps even earlier; Chaucer mentions it as a well-established tradition. Records show that between 1444 and 1751 only six couples managed to win the Dunmow flitch. Every leap year, you and your spouse can travel to great Dunmow, be crossexamined, and have your case decided by a jury.
The Ten Millennium Lease
The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati is a membership library located in Downtown Cincinnati of Ohio in the United States. The library has a 10,000- year lease. When Cincinnati College burned in 1845, the young men of the city’s Mercantile Library Association helped to rebuild it. As a reward, the library was given a lease of ten millennia on the 11th and 12th floors of the Mercantile Library Building in downtown Cincinnati. The current lease will expire in the year 11,845 — but they can always choose to renew it.
Compiled by: Sameer Miyaz Ahmed
Paul Erdos, the Hungarian mathematician, had the habit of phoning fellow mathematicians over the whole world, no matter what time it was. He remem - bered the number of every mathematician, but did not know anybody's first name. The only person he called by his Christian name was Tom Trotter, whom he called Bill.
The French scientist Andre Marie Ampere was on his way to an important meeting at the Academy in Paris. In the carriage he got a brilliant idea which he immediately wrote down ... on the wand of the carriage: dH=ipdl/r^2. As he arrived he paid the driver and ran into the building to tell everyone. Then he discovered his notes were on the carriage and he had to hunt through the streets of Paris to find his notes on wheels.
In his later days, scientist Niels Bohr designed a remarkable way to avoid difficult questions. When somebody was driving him into a corner during a colloquium or lecture, he took a matchbox, apparently to light is cooled pipe, but in fact to drop the inside on the floor. Afterward he took his time to gather the stick and continued with a talk, about which nobody, least of all the questioner, remembered if it had anything to do with the question.
William Gladstone served as prime minister of the United Kingdom for four separate times. Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. One day when Gladstone met Michael Faraday, he asked him whether his work on electricity would be of any use. "Yes, sir" remarked Faraday with prescience, "One day you will tax it."