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Sunday, 5 October 2014


Medieval scholars at Oxford University used to read leaning against high desks.

The Spanish conquistador Cortés always kept a chocolate pot on his desk.

The Market Drayton school which Clive of India attended still has his initials carved on a desk.

Searching for a cool place to work in the heat of Washington, Alexander Graham Bell once had his desk placed at the deep end of his swimming pool. (It had been drained first.)

Sigmund Freud had an orange chow called Jo-Fi who attended his analysis sessions sitting under his desk then came out at the end of his patient's session.

Richard Nixon chose the Wilson desk as his Oval Office desk because he believed it was used by Woodrow Wilson, but it was actually used by Henry Wilson, Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant.

Sting wrote the Police song "Every Breath You Take" at the same desk which Ian Fleming used to write his James Bond novels.

The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

Albert Einstein: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

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