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The Interesting Bits
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- The History You Might Have Missed
- Me, Myself, and I
- Did you give school history lessons your undivided attention? Even if you did, you're probably none the wiser as to why Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a piano orr where terms like bunkum, maverick and John Bull come from; or how the Tsarina of Russia once saved a life with a comma; or why Robert Pate hit Queen Victoria on the head with a walking stick. For some unknown reason the most interesting bits of history are kept out of lessons and away from syllabuses. Relegated to history's footnotes, they lie buried beneath the dense text like a few golden nuggets in a mountain of granite. Now the Interesting Bits rights this wrong; it is a veritable treasure trove of those surprising, eccentric, chaotic, baffling asides that don't fit neatly into history's official narrative. They are history's little-known treasures -- the gems that have been excised from excised from lessons on the grounds that they might make history too much like -- well -- fun.
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