Often cited as proof of reincarnation, xenoglossy is a purportedly paranormal phenomenon wherein a person displays the ability to speak a language that he or she could not have learned by natural means. For example, an individual who begins to speak fluent German but who has never studied German, traveled to a German-speaking country, or associated with German speakers is said to exhibit xenoglossy. What are some of the bizarre accounts of individuals reported to have experienced xenoglossy?
Miguel de Cervantes
Back in the day
Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, a program intended to lay the foundation for peace in Europe after WWI, to the US Congress in 1918. The idealistic message successfully encouraged the Central Powers to yield, and thus became the basis for the terms of Germany's surrender. It also laid the groundwork for the creation of the League of Nations. Opposition to the points quickly developed, however, and the subsequent treaty between Germany and the Allies laid the seeds for what future conflict?
Born on a day like today
Hawking is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists, and his work in the field of general relativity provided mathematical support for the big bang theory of the origin of the universe. He continues to work and teach, despite being severely disabled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease that confines him to a wheelchair and forces him to use a voice synthesizer to communicate. What old bet did Hawking lose to fellow scholars in 2004?