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Things I’ve Learned from The Intellectual Devotional

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

about Sigmund Freud:

Before devoting himself to psychology, Freud conducted zoological research and is credited with discovering testicles in eels – a small detail that had escaped earlier studies.

about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Though there was once speculation that Tchaikovsky committed suicide after being exposed in a homosexual affair, most scholars today believe that he died of cholera.

about James Naismith (inventor of basketball):

Naismith’s original rules did not permit dribbling – players could advance the ball only by passing.

about Coney Island:

The name Coney Island comes from the original seventeenth-century Dutch settlers of New York, who names the area Konijn Eiland – “Rabbit Island” in Dutch.

about Albert Einstein:

Einstein was an ardent Zionist and after World War II was offered the presidency of Israel, a position he declined.

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