Posted by Hil on August 25, 1998 at 23:23:17:
In response to Another unsung historical hero..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on August 25, 1998 at 17:35:11
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TROWSER Jacob 1779-1848 English tailor, born in Clerkenwell. His tubular garments for the legs, based on cavalrymen's overalls, were regarded as a sign of insanity when he offered them for sale as civilian wear in the early 1800's, advertising them as 'Trowser's Patent Leggings: Hygenic and Economical'. He was facing bankcrupcy and his wife was threatening to leave him when the Duke of Wellington wore a pair of his garments for a wager and started a fashion. Trowser made a fortune, divorced his swife and took early retirement in Brighton.
WINK, Friedrich von 1755-1811 German nobleman, born in Streltzau, Bavaria. As Bavarian ambassador to the court of King George III he introduced into London society his native custom of closing one eye to indicate that a witty or ironic remark was being made. This enjoyed a considerable vogue among the young members of the nobility for several months. Condemned by Beau Brumell as ill-bred, it nonetheless passed into common currency, and has survived among the middle and lower classes.
DOLDRUM, Frederick 1784 - 1839 English sailor. Though he rose to the rank of post-captain in the Royal Navy, his career was betset by misfortune, chiefly in the form of those long spells of windless calm to which he gave his name. He served almost exclusively on detached duty and arrived late at the battle of Trafalgar. Ironically, he died when his ship went down in a typhoon in the Azores.
AVOCADO, Jorge-Luis de 1789 - 1868 Explorer and botanist, born in Buenos Aires, who made the tropical pear-shaped fruit familiar to European palates. Intrepid in the pursuit of unfamiliar vegetables and fruits, he visited every continent in the world, and was on the point of giving his name to Kiwi fruit when he was reminded that he had already given it to the avocado. After his death, his mother, still alive at 98, was reported as saying, 'Jorge-Luis was always in a hurry. If only he'd waited, he could have given his name to something nice, like Baked Alaska'.
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