Austrailian-born composer Percy Grainger wrote a strange letter to his girlfriend this day in 1909:
“Yesterday I whipped myself as I have never before been whipped in my life…when I had finished there were surely over 1000 long red stripes on me…Whipping is still lovely on all places but for me most ravishing on the breasts.”
But it gets even weirder. Although he never married this particular girlfriend, he and his later wife documented and photographed their sadistic tendencies. The walls and ceilings of their room were covered in mirrors so that after sessions of self-flagellation they could take pictures from all angles. They further documented each image with details such as date, time, location, whip used, and camera settings.
In an unrelated weird story, Grainger was also a vegetarian who hated vegetables. So he lived on nuts, boiled rice, wheatcakes, cakes, bread, jam, ice cream and oranges.
And thus, you may never listen to his arrangement of Shepherds Hey the same way again!