Friday, September 19, 2008

Famous Folks Have Secret Offbeat Quirks

MINNEAPOLIS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Famous people’s strange and eccentric quirks make for great conversation.

That’s what Eric Hanson, author of A Book of Ages: An Eccentric Miscellany of Great and Offbeat Moments in the Lives of the Famous and Infamous, Ages One to 100 (Harmony Books) discovered.

In the book, Hanson divulges snippets of quirky facts about famous faces like Anderson Cooper, Jane Austen, and Keith Richards that he’s discovered through research over the years.

For instance, at seven years old, child star Shirley Temple stopped believing in Santa Claus after a mall Santa asked her for her autograph.

At age 15, author Jack London worked as an oyster pirate, and as an adult, Ernest Hemingway divorced one of his wives for laughing at him.

Hanson says his vast knowledge of weird anecdotes makes him the life of the party and a killer at trivia games.

Though discovering the accomplishments celebrities have made at an early age can be “daunting” for slackers, Hanson says famous people have also had “big failures” like everyone else.

A Book of Ages hits shelves September 23.

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