Tycho Brahe, “Hamlet” and “Cat Ballou”

A bit of trivia…


When only 20, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe lost a chunk of nose

in a duel. He subsequently wore a gold and silver prosthetic nose.


Tim Strawn, the ‘villain of the piece’ in “Cat Ballou

” (1965) wore a silver prosthetic nose.


Tycho Brahe was rumored to have had an affair with the queen of Demark, and to have fathered the next Danish King, Christian the IV. This is said to have inspired Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet”.


Surely there’s some kind of nefarious plot that can be found in these remarkable coincidences.



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Mike Honig is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Houston in September of 1977 and has been there ever since. Mike's interests are politics, history, science, science fiction (and reading generally), technology, and almost anything else. Mike has knowledge and experience in many diverse fields, sometimes from having worked in them, and sometimes from extensive reading or discussion about them. Mike's general knowledge makes him a favorite partner in Trivial Pursuit. He likes to say that about most things, he knows enough to be dangerous. Humility is a work-in-progress.

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