KARL SHAW is the author of Royal Babylon. He lives in Staffordshire, England.
All in perfectly bad taste
Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.
Did you know
that Pope Benedict XII was such a hardened boozer that he inspired the expression drunk as a pope? (From 10 Historic Drunks)
that as a special honeymoon treat, Prince Charles read Princess Diana passages from the works of Carl Jung and Laurens van der Post? (From Historys 10 Least Romantic Honeymoons)
that the best-dressed gentlemen in medieval England exposed their genitals below a short-fitting tunic? (From Historys 10 Greatest Fashion Mistakes)
that Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobiafear of eggs? (From 10 Phobias of the Famous)
that King Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime, each of them under protest?
(From 10 Great Unwashed)
that in 1930, Sears customers became enraged when the catalog was first printed on glossy, non-absorbent paper?
(From 12 Magical Moments in Toilet Paper History)