By Michael Farquhar
Nationwide Geographic and writer Michael Farquhar discover an example of undesirable good fortune, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to each day of the yr. From Caligula’s blood-soaked finish to hotelier Steve Wynn’s unlucky run-in with a useful Picasso, those 365 stories of distress contain misplaced fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and neglected out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance long gone unsuitable (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early kind of Viagra with empire-changing results), and actually extraordinary moments (like the nice Molasses Flood of 1919).
Think you’re having a nasty day? belief us, it will get worse.
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Momma said they were dazzling, just dazzling. It wasn’t blue frocks this time or scarlet ones but three awesomely elaborate ivory white dresses, and three pairs of long ivory gloves, and three lacy ivory hats garnished on the backside with peacock feathers. We thought a car might call for them, but they walked all the way to the courthouse and all gages of people fell in behind them as they went so that the crowd of us spilled out of Sheriff Browner’s office into the corridor and partway down the marble courthouse steps.
Woodley was tracing the Epperson migration from the banks of the French Broad River to the east and then to the north towards Neely. He was still a hundred years and over two hundred and fifty miles out of the county when the sheriff arrived, so Sheriff Browner suggested the Epperson sisters give Mr. Woodley a little time to do his work on the matter, which the three of them thought altogether reasonable, and they made an appointment for the following week. The sheriff said he feared Mr. Woodley might leap up from his desk and kiss him.
Sheriff Browner told him he was surprised to learn the Epperson sisters were triplets, and Mr. Woodley replied that they didn’t appear to be triplets as far as he could tell, that they didn’t even appear to be the same age. Sheriff Browner said no, he didn’t believe they were, and Mr. Woodley said that Eustace—he called her the mature one—wanted him to search the records and draw up a document certifying their triplethood, and he wanted to know from Sheriff Browner just what he was to do about that.