Tuesday, July 13, 2010

S**t You Don't Know - 6

Hans Christian Anderson, Danish author of children's fairy tale classics including The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Ugly Duckling, was hypochondriac, dyslexic and highly effeminate. He was also phobic about arriving late, which caused him to turn up at railway stations hours early. He always carried a coil rope with him for fear of being caught in a hotel room fire, and compulsively returned to a room he had left twice to check that the candles were out. He also never ate pork for fear of catching tapeworm.


  1. Where ARE you finding this stuff?

  2. How would the Ancient Chinese know stuff about an 19th century Danish writer?

  3. They had dealings with the Mayans.