Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fun Facts certain characters



Fun Facts certain characters

1. The unexpected and mysterious death of Mozart:
The sensational hypothesis that spread immediately after Mozart's death was poisoning, which is completely ruled out at present.

In his last days, the composer confessed to Constance that he was sure he had been poisoned
 ( with Toffana acqua ) . In addition, after the death of genius, it was suspected that Mozart could have been killed by Salieri (who ended his days in a psychiatric hospital, accusing Mozart’s death) ,whose enmity was known . It was also thought that it could be poisoned by one of his fellow Masonic lodge to which Mozart belonged.

Was the prolific musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart victim of a common disease, or was in fact murdered by his jealous colleague Antonio Salieri?

By analyzing communication and personal accounts of many sources seem that Mozart and Salieri were actually quite friendly with each other. However the history of enmity and poisoning remains.

Unlike these magnificent musicians, the myth of the murder of Mozart by his colleague Antonio Salieri simply never dies.

2. Lenin’s brain:

Lenin’s brain was removed before his body embalmed. The Soviet rulers hired a German neuroscientist Oskar Vogt , known to study Lenin's brain and locate the brain cells responsible for their genius.

For this purpose the Moscow Brain Institute was created. Vogt published an article on the brain in 1929 setting forth that some pyramidal neurons in the third layer of the cerebral cortex of Lenin were very long.

However, the conclusion of their relevance to the genius of Lenin was unwelcome.
Vogt 's work was considered unsatisfactory by the Soviets. Subsequently the Soviet team continued to make inquiries, but this work on Lenin's brain was no longer published.



T3. Leonardo da Vinci and the bath room of the King:

The Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) , took 4 years to paint the Mona Lisa or Giaconda , famous work which is in the Louvre in Paris. The work was used to decorate the bathroom of King Francis I of France at whose court Leonardo spent his last three years.

In the area of
​​engineering also complicated machines designed for a multitude of uses such as to fly, an objective not achieved.



4. Marco Polo and his family of explorers

The Polo family were other browsers besides Marco. His father Nicholas (or Niccolò in Venetian) and his uncle Matthew (or Maffeo ) were prosperous merchants engaged in trade with the Orient .

Both left for Asia in 1255 and reached China in 1266, reaching Khanbaliq or Cambaluc (Beijing). They returned to China as envoys of Kublai Khan with a letter to the Pope requesting to send to people who teach illustrated in his empire, to inform the Mongols on their way of life.




 5. Antonio Vivaldi: the red-haired priest (1678-1741)
Italian composer and violinist , the most influential of his time.
He was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, he studied with his father Giovanni Battista  Vivaldi , violinist in the Cathedral of San Marcos, and Legrenzi . Ordained in 1703’ they  call him
 il prete rosso ( the red-haired priest ), but had to abandon the habits soon after suffering from a severe asthmatic condition or possibly heart problems. In fact, it was a hallmark of his family, and his father and he was known by the nickname rosso .

In 1737 he was accused of being a priest to say Mass, but he defended himself by claiming his asthma, but their lung disease did not detract capabilities when traveling in Europe .

Vivaldi’s funeral, held in the cathedral of Vienna, sang children's choir of the cathedral, including the future composer was J. Haydn.



6. Carolus Linnaeus and pearls:

As a curiosity it can be mentioned that during his trip of 1732 in Lapland, Linnaeus was fascinated by pearls of Lake Purkijaure and back to Uppsala experienced technical pearl culture from fragments of plaster introduced molluscs deposited for six Fyris years in the river. Perfected the technique and sold the idea in 1762 , but it was forgotten until rereading of his manuscripts in the early twentieth century London .



7. Herman Hesse and women

Like many of his characters, Hesse took over his life problems with women.
 His first marriage to Maria Bernoulli , who bore him three children, ended tragically for the mental problems of his wife. The second marriage apparently grew from a brief affair with Ruth Wenger , ending a few months . Finally Nion Dolbin married in 1931 and remained with him for the rest of his life.




8. François Marie Arouet Voltaire and his pseudonym:

There are several hypotheses about the pseudonym Voltaire. One widely accepted version says Petit Volontaire nickname derives from using their family to refer to him as a child.
 However , it seems that the most plausible version is that Voltaire is an anagram of " Arouet L
( e) J ( eune ) '( ' Arouet , young ' ), using the Latin capitals .

There are other scenarios , it may be the name of a small fiefdom owned by his mother, was said to be the verb phrase meant in old French he voulait faire taire ( ' wanted to silence ', hence vol - taire ) because of their innovative thinking , which may be the syllables of the word re- vol -tai ( ' unruly ' ) in another order. In any case, it is possible that the choice adopts the young Arouet , following his arrest in 1717, is a combination of more than one of these hypotheses.

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