A Curious Man

Author: Neal Thompson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448184371

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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One of the most successful entertainment figures of his time, Robert Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Bucktoothed and hampered by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation of the weird and wonderful. He sold his first cartoon to LIFE magazine at eighteen, but it was his wildly popular ‘Believe It or Not!’ radio shows that won him international fame, and spurred him on to search the globe’s farthest corners for bizarre facts, human curiosities and shocking phenomena. Ripley delighted in making preposterous declarations that somehow turned out to be true – such as that Charles Lindburgh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was not the USA’s national anthem. And he demanded respect for those who were labelled ‘eccentrics’ or ‘freaks’ – whether it be E. L. Blystone, who wrote 2,871 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the man who could swallow his own nose. By the 1930s, Ripley possessed a wide fortune, a private yacht and a huge mansion stocked with such oddities as shrunken heads and medieval torture devices. His pioneering firsts in print, radio and television tapped into something deep in the American consciousness – a taste for the titillating and exotic, and a fascination with the fastest, biggest, wackiest and weirdest – and ensured a worldwide legacy that continues today. This compelling biography portrays a man who was dedicated to exalting the strange and unusual – but who may have been the most amazing oddity of all.

The Curious Man

Author: G.S. Eagle-Oden,Arthur D. Alexander III,Hans A. Nieper

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781449067564

Category: Education

Page: 228

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The Curious Man documents Dr. Hans Niepers career and extensive experiences at the cutting edge of alternative, innovative, life-saving medicne and clinical research. This book details the evolution and rise of metabplic medicine as a successful non-toxic alternative to toxic chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer and other life-threatening chronic diseases. Among these are cancer gene-extinguishing and repairing substances: the iridodials; squalene (shark-liver oil); the carnivora plant; didrovaltrate, an herbal extract; acetaldehyde and benzaldehyde; DHEA; the oncostatins; and tumosterone. In addition, this book describes the highly successful immune-supportive substances developed by Dr. Nieper and now available for use in the United States. The Curious Man documents Dr. Niepers success in the treatment of over 3000 multiple scerosis patients from the United States, as well as his success in achieving cancer remissions in a number of cancer patients using non-toxic imuno-suportive drugs and supplements developed by him in Germany.

The Golden Ass (or the Curious Man)

Author: Peter Oswald

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1849438021

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 64

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A comedy written for the Shakespeare's Globe, telling the story of an insatiably curious young man who, wishing to turn himself into a wise owl, takes the wrong drug and finds himself transformed into an ass. His subsequent travels lead him to encounter the chaos of human desire from the perspective of a servile donkey. The most exquisite tale in this wonderful epic, as originally told by Lucius Apuleius, is the first known account of the marriage of Cupid and Psyche, which is perhaps the archetypal myth behind modern psychology. Inspired by The Golden Ass, Peter Oswald has written a riotous erotic comedy of love and desire, which premiered at the Globe Theatre, London in August 2002. This version is true to the original: in the words of C S Lewis is 'a strange compound of picaresque novel, horror comic, mystagogue's tract, pornography and stylistic experiment.'

Fictional Objects

Author: Stuart Brock,Anthony Everett

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191054526

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 4176

Eleven original essays discuss a range of puzzling philosophical questions about fictional characters, and more generally about fictional objects. For example, they ask questions like the following: Do they really exist? What would fictional objects be like if they existed? Do they exist eternally? Are they created? Who by? When and how? Can they be destroyed? If so, how? Are they abstract or concrete? Are they actual? Are they complete objects? Are they possible objects? How many fictional objects are there? What are their identity conditions? What kinds of attitudes can we have towards them? This volume will be a landmark in the philosophical debate about fictional objects, and will influence higher-level debates within metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

The Curious Habits of Man

Author: Brian Kenneth Swain

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475996640

Category: Humor

Page: 238

View: 9591

What is the one true secret to weight loss? What is the correct way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Is the designated hitter rule the salvation of baseball or its undoing? Is it rational to be an optimist? And—the question that haunts us all— should toilet paper unwind over the top of the roll or from underneath? In his first collection of essays, author Brian Kenneth Swain tackles hundreds of life’s questions while exploring a vast array of subjects—from tubas to two year-olds, from field goals to child labor laws, and from high school shop class to the worst round of golf ever played. With an acerbic wit and an honest approach, Swain shares his perspective on such pivotal matters as how to ski without losing a limb or your self-esteem, how to correctly prepare and consume lobster according to Maine standards, and whether marketing ploys hypnotically convince consumers to replace perfectly functioning items without a second thought. Swain encourages a kind of tongue-in-cheek thinking that prompts us to take a second look at the world around us. The Curious Habits of Man shares an amusing glimpse at life as one man contemplates many of our greatest—and smallest—questions.

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

Author: Mark Hodder

Publisher: Pyr

ISBN: 1616143606


Page: 360

View: 4208

Mark Hodder's second Burton & Swinburne steampunk adventure, following the acclaimed The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection--black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons. Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play? From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Magician of Time

Author: Thomas Neil Neubert

Publisher: Xlibris

ISBN: 1441539255

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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Inside BlackSpace

Author: Patrick Neal

Publisher: N.A



Page: 38

View: 4010

"The Dream Diary of a Curious Man" is one of the books from the Inside BlackSpace Series. It contains some of the most thrilling dream accounts of an imprisoned man, but it's not just a physical prison. This is a special prison designed to imprison the minds of unsuspecting beings. The curious man seeks to discover the mysterious force behind the suppressing of his consciousness. A journey to lucid dreaming... ends with a path to astral projection.


Author: Mark Kurlansky

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385535880

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 8194

Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.