Quirky Fact 26
Women rescued by ‘The Pill’

Carl Djerassi invented the contraceptive ‘pill’, changing women’s lives forever. He is now having doubts.

Quirky Fact 24
Tour de France and ‘The Dreyfus Affair’

After quarrels about Dreyfus, Henri Desgrange invented the Tour de France and ran it personally and ruthlessly for decades

Quirky Fact 23
Actor created drones and Marilyn Monroe

The first aerial drones were created by Reginald Denny, an English Hollywood actor. In his factory Marilyn Monroe was discovered

Quirky Fact 22
Country music takes off

Vernon Dalhart’s ‘Wreck of Old 97’ was the first ‘country-style’ song to sell a million, making record companies take ‘Country’ seriously

Quirky Fact 21
AGA cooker origins

Blinded by an accident, recuperating Gustav Dalen, Nobel Prize winner, designed a cooker for his wife that we call the AGA

Quirky Fact 20
New York’s origins

Nathaniel Courthope’s murder in the East Indies made the British capture New Amsterdam from the Dutch, creating New York’

Quirky Fact 19
First aircraft?

Yorkshireman George Cayley who made the first flying machine in 1853, was thought by the Wright Brothers to be ‘the father of aeronautics’

Quirky Fact 18
Botox effect

Canadian eye doctor Jean Carruthers discovered the smoothing effects of BOTOX, but she never earned from its amazing growth

Quirky Fact 17
Root of Catholic priests’ problems?

Creating problems today, Pope Callixtus II in 1123 stopped priests from marrying – not for religious but property selling reasons

Quirky Fact 16
Afghanistan lesson?

William Brydon was the only survivor of a whole British army in Afghanistan in 1842. Have we learned?

Quirky Fact 15
Most famous belt in the world

Captain Samuel Browne, VC, lost his arm in battle and designed a sword belt he could use, which was soon called the ‘Sam Browne’, now worn all over the world

Quirky Fact 14
Hitler saved by mistake

Heinz Brandt, conspirator, moved Stauffenberg’s bomb-laden briefcase by mistake, saving Hitler’ life, but losing his own

Quirky Fact 13
Why do we boycott?

Charles Boycott, unpopular land agent in Ireland in 1880, gave us ‘to boycott’ – to ignore, shun or ostracize

Quirky Fact 12
Simon Cowell’s mentor?

The Major Bowes’s Original Amateur Hour talent show was Simon Cowell’s precursor of The X-Factor and Britain’s got Talent