INTO MOTHBALLS: Thomas Edison disliked wearing formal clothes, which he found constricting. When he accompanied his wife to affairs where such attire was obligatory, he made no effort to conceal his discomfort. He would squirm and fidget until it was time to leave.

At one such affair, on a hot summer night, he was so uncomfortable that he said to Mrs. Edison:"I can't take it any longer. I'll see you at home."

He headed straight for his lab, where he took off his tuxedo, vowing as he did so never to put it on again. To make sure that his vow would be kept, he got a hammer and nails and nailed the suit to the wall. And there it remained from then on.