DIDN’T KNOW THAT ABOUT BOOKS LAST WEEK 28th MAY 2019
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 28th May 2019
1 The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.
2 The first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
3 Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.
4 The Norwegian translation of the Mr Men book Mr Bump is called Herr Dumpidump.
5 The word ‘boghandler’ is the Danish word for ‘bookseller’.
6 A ‘bouquinist’ is a dealer in ‘second-hand books of little value’.
7 ‘Bibliosmia‘ is the enjoyment of the smell of old books.
8 The earliest known written instance of the word ‘book’ is in a book by Alfred the Great.
9 Only 2% of the 1.2?million different books sold in the US in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies.
10 The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.
11 The first person Ray Bradbury asked out was a bookstore clerk; they married in 1947 and were together until her death in 2003.
12 The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.
13 Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Treatise on the Astrolabe’ is possibly the first children’s science book written in English – he wrote it for his son.
14 The most expensive book in the world costs (in theory) 153 million Euros and is only 13 pages long.
15 As well as being a real species of scorpion, a ‘book scorpion’ is someone who is hostile to books or learning; the phrase is first recorded in 1649 in a work by poet Andrew Marvell.
16 Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.
17 Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section
18 The word ‘shrine’ comes from the Latin scrinium meaning ‘chest for books’.
19 When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’
20 In 2006, the writer of the Babar the Elephant books released a book called Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. It has sold 100,000 copies.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
What is meant to be will always find a way.
Happiness is… Bibliosmia (See 7. Above)
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.
Love is…when you become his/her screensaver/wallpaper
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You can’t cheat it then?” – The Queen learns how to use a self-service checkout as part of Sainsbury’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
TRACK OF THE DAY
Fever – Peggy Lee
Highest Chart Position: No.5 27th September 1958
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Amnesty International Day
Menstrual Hygiene Day
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