Today is Robert Louis Stevenson's 156th birthday. He was born in 1850 and apparently suffered from a lung disease as a child. In order to relieve his suffering, his nurse would stay up with him at night when his coughing kept him awake, and would tell him stories about ghosts and monsters and pirates.
Which no doubt influenced him later in life when he sat down to write stories like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Body-Snatcher, The Bottle Imp, Kidnapped, and Treasure Island.
Gonna see if I can swing by Long John Silver's for dinner tonight to celebrate.