Random Fact Sheet #287 – The Oddball Chronicles: 30 Eccentric Facts 2

26Anton syndrome

Anton syndrome

Anton syndrome is a type of blindness where individuals deny being blind. The blindness occurs in the brain’s vision area rather than the eyes. Doctors theorize sufferers deny being blind because their eyes still work. Their brains just no longer can process the visual information their eyes take in.

27. Doctors used to prescribe ‘Obecalp,’ a sugar pill that is literally ‘placebo’ spelled backward, for various illnesses such as psychosomatic disorders and chronic ailments.

28. In Tang Dynasty China (600s-900s A.D.), women wearing men's clothing was a fashion trend. Normally a taboo in China, it was made acceptable by the Li Clan's (the Imperial Family's) women- notably Princess Pingyang- who actually commanded armies during the Dynasty's foundational wars.

29. Pluto takes 248 Earth years to complete one orbit around the Sun. From the time it was discovered (1930) to the time it was stripped of its 'Planet' status, the dwarf planet hadn't even made a full trip around the Sun.

30. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was the longest-lived British princess by descent, and the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria. She lived through six reigns- those of Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI, and Elizabeth II. She died in 1981, aged 97.