This year, how do you escape the pervasive reporting of US news classified as "politics?"  I learn bits about history, and I first heard about this item on a podcast about British history.  Painter Antonio Verrio, born in Italy, was commissioned in the 1690s to paint the walls and ceilings of Burghley House, an English country house that was already one hundred years old when Verrio came to work.  

Verrio decorated the interiors with scenes from Roman mythology.  During a four-year period of work on a series of rooms he cultivated an antagonistic relationship with the cook of the house, and painted a scene on a ceiling that included her nude figure with four extra breasts.  Verrio has been described by a modern-day owner of the house as "excitable" and "unpredictable."