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The small town depicted in Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France. Van Gogh painted the work while he was a patient at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy

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The small town depicted in Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France. Van Gogh painted the work while he was a patient at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. Presently, the hospital has a wing named after the painter.

The famous creepy portrait depicting Edgar Allan Poe as a baggy-eyed weirdo was far from what he really looked like

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Bonus facts The famous creepy portrait depicting Poe as a baggy-eyed weirdo was far from what he really looked like. Actually, he was a very athletic and handsome universal sportsman, holding a record for swimming six miles up the tidal James River in Virginia. Written in 1841, his “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” short story has…

Christopher Columbus consulted an astrologer named Pierre D’ailly about the journey which eventually led to his ‘discovery’ of America

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Christopher Columbus consulted an astrologer named Pierre D’Ailly about the journey which eventually led to his ‘discovery’ of America. D’Ailly told Columbus that Saturn and Jupiter were going to be conduct during this time and that this conjunction usually meant that some big historical event was going to happen.

Nearly iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln’s head and the Southern politician John Calhoun’s body.

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The standing portrait of Lincoln was created soon after the American Civil War. Although it hung in many classrooms, Lincoln never posed for it. Instead, an unknown entrepreneur created it by cutting-and-pasting a headshot of Lincoln taken from a photograph by Mathew Brady onto a portrait of the Southern leader John Calhoun. This was done…

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions

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Bonus facts John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) – who’s credited with inventing a lunch consisting of slapping a lovely filling between two slices of bread. Legend has it that during an all-night gambling event, Montagu asked his servant to put the meat from his meal between two slices of bread, so he could…