‘The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room.’ - Matilda by Roald Dahl
Whilst a student at Cambridge, Byron was irked that university rules banned keeping a dog. With characteristic perversity, he installed a tame bear instead. There being no mention of bears in their statutes, the college authorities had no legal basis to complain.
“I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a googly eye. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But–here comes the big "but”–not impossible.“