Mental Floss: Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets by Editors of Mental Floss

By Editors of Mental Floss

Neighbors? Romans? Countrymen? You by no means be aware of whom you will have to galvanize at your subsequent company shindig or keg celebration. regardless of the target market, mental_floss is aware staring facedown into the punch bowl is not the trick. in truth, that is precisely why we are handing you Cocktail celebration Cheat Sheets—a completely potent, foolproof advisor to beginning and maintaining conversations on each subject below the solar. are looking to wax clever approximately barbarians, socialist conception, and jazz musicians? What approximately Keynesian economics, the useless Sea Scrolls, and James Joyce's Ulysses? good, it is all here in entrance of you. now we have jam-packed this ebook with jaw-dropping proof and hysterical anecdotes which are bound to please. So pass forward and replenish in your subsequent soiree. we are not making certain it'll make you the main an expert individual within the room . . . simply the main fascinating.

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Augustine is called one of the “Four Great Fathers of the Latin Church,” but that’s a little like saying that all four Beatles were created equal. Of the Four Fathers (the other three are the less-great and less-famous Jerome, Ambrose, and Gregory the Great), Augustine’s importance far outstrips the others. He’s Paul and John—so Augustine’s the only fourth-century name you need to drop. 13 Beethoven Name-dropping: Ludwig van Beethoven (pronunciation: BAY-toh-ven if you’re not watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure; BEETH-uh-ven if you are) (1770– 1827).

Shortly after the publication of Wuthering Heights, she caught tuberculosis. A few months later, she died at the age of 30. 27 CO C K TA I L PA R T Y C H E AT S H E E T S ANNE Extra Credit: Let’s not sugarcoat it. Compared to her sisters, Anne was something of a hack. Pious, quiet, and perhaps too traditional for her own good, Anne’s most famous novel, Agnes Grey, is a mediocre example of the “governess novel” (the 19thcentury equivalent of The Nanny Diaries). Still, Anne was only 28 when her second novel was published, and she might have gone on to match her sisters’ brilliance.

Besides the Brontës, Robert Louis Stevenson, D. H. Lawrence, and Anton Chekov all died of TB. Perhaps the most tragic death was that of John Keats, the outlandishly promising British poet who died in 1821 at the tender age of 25. Keats remained a brilliant poet to his bitter end. ” WHATEVER RINGS YOUR BELL All three Brontë sisters wrote for most of their lives under genderambiguous pseudonyms. Charlotte was Currer Bell; Emily, Ellis Bell; and Anne, Acton Bell. Many 19th-century women (most famously George Eliot) used pseudonyms, because critics and reviewers expected women to write prim-and-proper books.

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