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 12 months. From Caligula’s blood-soaked finish to hotelier Steve Wynn’s unlucky run-in with a important Picasso, those 365 stories of distress comprise misplaced fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and ignored out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance long gone flawed (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 foul day? belief us, it will get worse.
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No call for an Investigator in those parts. ” Lanius might be an old acquaintance, but I’m not in the habit of sharing my business secrets with Palace officials. I wonder how powerful his sorcery is these days. As often happens when I encounter a young Sorcerer on the way up, I grow suddenly depressed at the sad decline in my powers. I admit I was never the most powerful Sorcerer on the block, but I used to be able to perform a trick or two. These days I’m lucky if I can put an opponent to sleep, or temporarily blind him with flashing lights, and even these small spells wear me out.
A more accurate version would say Investigator Who Once Did Study Sorcery But Now Has Only The Feeblest Of Magical Powers. And Works Cheap. I sigh. It’s true that my winnings at the chariot races will enable me to make it through the winter in more comfort than I otherwise might have. But if I’d taken that huge pot at rak last night I’d have been a good way towards moving out of this dump. I’ve had my fill of the slums. I don’t have the energy for it any more. I need some beer for breakfast but that means going downstairs and facing Makri.
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar