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Joseph Bell: Cheeky Diagnosis?
One day Dr. Joseph Bell (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's medical school mentor and the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes) assembled a group of students around a patient's bed to demonstrate the deductive method of diagnosis.  "Aren't you a bandsman?" he asked the sick man. Yes, the man politely nodded. "You see, gentlemen, I am right," Bell continued. "It is quite simple. This man has a paralysis of the cheek muscles, the result of too much blowing at wind instruments. We need only inquire to confirm. What instrument do you play, my man?" The patient's reply? "The big drum, Doctor."  [More often than not, Bell was correct. He first impressed 18-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle by correctly deducing that a patient was a ...
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Helmut Kohl visits an Israeli president
While visiting Israeli president Moshe Katsav's home in Jerusalem in 2002, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was offered a selection of home-grown vegetables by a delegation of Israeli farmers as a symbolic gift marking the Jewish Shavuot holiday. Indicating a red pepper, Katsav jokingly told Kohl that if he had any real political enemies, that particular vegetable would make a nice 'gift'. Unfortunately for Kohl, something was 'lost' in the translation and he promptly took an immense bite out of the pepper. Within seconds, Kohl had turned beet red and was gasping for air and perspiring heavily. Katsav's aides quickly brought him a large glass of water...
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David Beckham - Behckam Bloopre
In November 2000, David Beckham got a new tattoo on his left forearm: his wife's name spelled in a trend-setting Hindi script. He was later dismayed to learn that the artist had made a typo—and spelled her name "Vihctoria."
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Lost Maharbals
In 216 BC, Hannibal won one of the finest tactical battles in military history at Cannae. The Romans, allowed to charge Hannibal's infantry, were routed by the flanking cavalry. 60,000 men were lost: ten for each of Hannibal's 6,000. Following the victory, Maharbal, Hannibal's cavalry commander, insisted upon a day's rest. "You know how to win a battle, Hannibal," he declared, "but not how to use it" (Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis). The Romans, in desperate need of recuperation and reinforcement, were thereby given a much-needed reprieve—and Hannibal's forces were soon defeated.[So grave were Rome's loses at Cannae that, of its 300 senates posts, 170 had to be refilled.]
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Alexander Blackwell's Beheading Blooper
Alexander Blackwell was born in Aberdeen, studied medicine, took to printing, and was thrown into prison for debt. After his release in 1742, he went to Sweden and was briefly patronised by the king. For his role in a mysterious plot, however, Blackwell was tortured and sentenced to be beheaded. Approaching the block, he laid his head on the wrong side and was corrected by the executioner, who guided him into the proper position. "I am sorry for the mistake," Blackwell said, "but this is the first time I have been beheaded."
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Playful Direction
A young actor playing in a minor role opposite Junius Booth in Richard III once inadvertently made his entry from the wrong side of the stage. He later apologized profusely, expecting to be harshly reprimanded. "Young man, it makes no difference to me," Booth said with a smile. "Only come on—I'll find you."
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When Leonid Brezhnev Gave The Wrong Speech
Many anecdotes attest to the stupidity of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. His speeches were said to be so long (running up to six hours) because he read not only the original, but the carbon copy too. On one occasion, Brezhnev allegedly visited the south of Russia to deliver a speech on science, accidently gave the wrong speech (on culture), and did not even notice until it was over.
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Bernard Baruch & Consolidated Gas
One night, Bernard Baruch received a telephone call in the middle of a dinner party. The financier's side of the discussion was clearly audible to his guests: "Consolidated Gas? Good," he was heard to say, "Yes—good—fine."The following morning, one of his female guests raced out and bought a substantial stake in Consolidated Gas—whose value proceeded to plummet over the next few months.Upon meeting Baruch again, the woman berated him, complaining that she had bought the stock on his recommendation. Baruch was puzzled at first but soon explained that the call had come from a consultant whom he had engaged to investigate Consolidated Gas. Why the excitement? Baruch's suspicions about the firm had proven correct!
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Yogi Berra - confused by a check
Yogi Berra once received a twenty-five-dollar check—made out to "Bearer"—for a radio interview which he had done with a sportscaster named Jack Buck. "How the hell long have you known me, Jack?" Berra cried after examining the check. "How could you spell my name like that!"[Among the many classic Yogi bloopers? "The future isn't what is used to be" and "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."]
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Duc De Richelieu - Where To Cross The River?
While the French statesman Duc de Richelieu was planning a campaign one day, an officer, poring over a map, placed his finger at a strategic junction. "We shall cross the river," he boldly declared, "at this point." "Excellent, sir," Richelieu replied, "but your finger is not a bridge."