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Ransom Riggs Author of the Peculiar

A peculiar thing occurred on Monday and derailed my regularly scheduled post. I received a peculiar gift—a Santa hat skewered by a salmon—for Christmas and stuck on the top shelf of the closet. It fell on my head yesterday morning … Continue reading

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Blaise Pascal

Not just a computer language, not just a measurement, not just a funny name . . . Blaise Pascal entered this world on June 19, 1623. Born in the middle, between two sisters, Gilberte and Jacqueline. Educated at home by … Continue reading

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Mailman! Mailman! Mailman! Woohoo! – Dave Hello, beloved BoFN fans! It’s true – at long last, your trusty postal person has returned for some good times. Today, I bring to you my longtime favorite-named international diplomat: former United Nations Secretary … Continue reading

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Dr. Cornelis Bontekoe, the Tea Doctor

I ran into a brief description of the Dutch doctor Cornelis Bontekoe in the pages of Bill Bryson’s delightful history At Home. Bryson describes Dr. Bontekoe’s enthusiam for the healing powers of tea, stating that he recommended his patients drink … Continue reading

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Ras-I Alujah Bramble (formerly Livingstone Bramble)

Some people are just blessed. Professional boxer Livingstone Bramble had everything one could ask for in a name: a good first name, a good last name, and a sweet-sounding birthplace – St. Kitts and Nevis. It’s enough to make a … Continue reading

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