Tycho Brahe et son Elan
Wikipedia nous permet parfois un petit sourire innatendu. Voici un extrait de la page sur Tycho Brahé, remarqué par Boing Boing :
He kept a dwarf named Jepp (whom Tycho believed to be clairvoyant) as a court jester who sat under the table during dinner. Pierre Gassendi wrote that Tycho also had a tame elk (moose) and that his mentor the Landgrave Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Cassel) asked whether there was an animal faster than a deer. Tycho replied, writing that there was none, but he could send his tame elk. When Wilhelm replied he would accept one in exchange for a horse, Tycho replied with the sad news that the elk had just died on a visit to entertain a nobleman at Landskrona.
Apparently during dinner the elk had drunk a lot of beer, fallen down the stairs, and died.