Following up the recent post here on Tycho Brahe’s moustache, Jan Hurych emails in to point out that a team of Czech researchers has also been forensically analyzing Brahe’s handkerchief. Disturbingly, their interim results indicate that he may have been addicted to Brasso.

(OK, OK, so it’s a joke: but as it made me laugh, onto the blog it goes.)

For more on Brahe’s silver/gold (or very probably copper) nose and the adhesive gunk he used to stick it to his duel-scarred face, here are links to a short 2004 article from the Annals of Improbable Research and to an entertaining (though not entirely reliable) 1998 Q&A from the Straight Dope.

(Incidentally, the first handkerchief was used in Europe in 1503, according to this timeline: while Brasso first went on sale in Australia circa 1904. Brand-wise, “Silvo” would have been more accurate, but less funny. Oh, suit yourself.)

2 Thoughts on “Tycho Brahe’s handkerchief…?

  1. avatar An errant pixie on May 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm said:

    Someone has a nose for a good story. It takes some brass to get that past the moderators.

    The George Boole Fanclub

  2. Hi Jeff,

    It’s certainly a talent not to be sneezed at! :-)

    Cheers, ….Nick….

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