When a prankster brought London to a standstill, for a bet
In 1810, a prankster named Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could turn any house in the city into the most talked-about address within a week. After a random place was picked, he ordered (on their behalf) a dozen chimney sweeps, a fleet of carts carrying large deliveries of coal, cake-makers delivering large wedding cakes, doctors, lawyers, vicars, priests, fishmongers, shoemakers, and over a dozen pianos, as well as asking the Governor of the Bank of England, the Duke of York and Albany, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Lord Mayor of the City of London, among others, to turn up. The city was bought to a virtual standstill. He watched the chaos unfold from across the street… and won the bet.