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Subject: History Facts
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 19:49:12 EST
"The funeral of Sir Bernard Turner, Sheriff of London in the 1780's, was far
from dignified and the burial far from punctual, because a legal attempt had
been made to arrest the corpse for debt, and it was not until the creditors
had been paid that the cortege was allowed to proceed."
"The notorious pirate Captain Kidd was probably unaware of being launched
into eternity, for he was drunk when the noose was placed around his neck."
"A fourteenth century method of ascertaining whether a patient was dead or
not was to apply lightly roasted onions to his nose, if he be alive, he will
immediately scratch his nose."