[PW] Quote: It was Shaw who advised young playwrights to gear the length of each act to the endurance of the human bladder

Charles Early charles.early at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 09:53:18 PDT 2019


There's also the recent conspiracy theory that he was poisoned by Kepler (
https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/144040).

On Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 8:09 AM John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Reminds me of the story of astronomer Tycho Brahe who was said to have
> died of politeness. Either he died of a burst bladder, or more likely a
> bladder infection, all because he was unwilling to excuse himself to pee
> when he was in the company of the Danish King at a royal banquet.
>
> Sounds to me like a good subject for a one-act play.
>
> John Henderson
> Librarian, Ithaca College, retired
>
> > On Jul 18, 2019, at 3:48 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
> adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Way back on September 7, 2017 Fred Shapiro asked about a remark
> > attributed to Alfred Hitchcock. Participants in the ensuing discussion
> > uncovered valuable citations. Now the Quote Investigator website has
> > an entry.
> >
> > https://quoteinvestigator.com/2019/07/18/bladder/
> >
> > [Begin acknowledgement]
> > Great thanks to top researcher Fred Shapiro whose inquiry led QI to
> > formulate this question and perform this exploration. Special thanks
> > to research colleagues Donna Halper, Barbara Schmidt, and Peter Reitan
> > who identified crucial citations beginning in 1963. QI found the “San
> > Francisco Examiner” citation.
> > [End acknowledgement]
> >
> > Feedback welcome
> > Garson
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