Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Ten Notable Noses

I have a terrible head cold and cannot smell, so I am creating a post in honor of my new favorite body part, the nose

Ten Notable Noses
1. Nikolay Gogol, novelist, satirist
(he had a very long nose and wrote a short story called "The Nose"-- about a man whose nose just wanders off one day and tries to live its own life)

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
(Franz Haydn bet Mozart a quantity of champagne that he couldn't write a composition that Haydn was unable to play immediately. Mozart wrote it in five minutes, and Haydn attempted to play. Halfway through, Haydn had his left hand at the far left and his right had at the far right -- with a note to be played in the middle! He conceded the bet, and Mozart proceeded to play with two hands and his nose)

3. Tycho Brahe, astronomer
(his nose was sliced off in a duel, so he commissioned a new one made from silver and gold)

4. Kevin Cole, world record holder
(he holds the record for the longest spaghetti strand blown out of a nostril in a single blow: seven and a half inches)

5. Erasmus, humanist scholar
(his nose was so sensitive to the odor of fish that it suppoedly caused him to develop a fever each time he smelled it)

6. Helen Keller, blind and deaf
(her nose was so sensitive that she could identify each friend by his or her scent alone)

7. Thomas Wedders, 18th century circus performer
(he had a nose that measured 7 1/2 inches in length,the longest ever recorded)

8. Savien Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, philosopher, satirist
(he had one of the most famous noses in history -- described in a play by Edmond Rostand: " 'Tis well known, a big nose is indicative / Of a soul affable, and kind, and courteous, / Liberal, brave, just like myself, and such / As you can never dare to dream yourself"

9. Jim Rose, circus performer
(he makes a living balancing chainsaws on his nose)

10. Joseph Myslivecek "the Bohemian",composer
(he was known for his operas, as well as the fact that he had no nose, which was removed by a quack doctor)


Blogger tae_diggs said...

this was, um. . . educational,

in a non-yawn-inducing way. . .

t h a n k s,

-- tae, out.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Laziest Girl said...

What was the first thing I thought of?

Record for number of marshmallows stuffed up one nostril? Toxstoth O'Grady, USA.

Worlds stickiest boogey? Ahh, that's Toxstoth again.

(see The Young Ones - the episode with University Challenge)

1:27 AM  
Blogger L said...

I also remember reading about some guy who rolled a peanut with his nose -- all the way from Boston to Worcestershire! I don't remember his name though....

11:16 AM  

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