Didn’t Know That Last Week – About Literature

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 21st August 2019

Here are 21 facts I Didn’t Know Last Week – About Literature.

1              The first book ever written using a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

2              The three most read books in the world are…The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, and Harry

3              Icelandic people read more than anyone.

4              If you publish a book in Norway, the government will buy 1000 copies (1,500 if a children’s book) and distribute them to libraries throughout the country.

5              An Icelandic tradition called Jólabókaflóð exists, where books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents and the rest of the night is spent reading them and eating chocolate

6              Marcel Proust’s ‘Remembers of Things Past’ is the longest book in the world at 9,609,000 characters. The book is highly inspired by Proust’s personal experiences.

7              In 2012, a blind woman wrote a book on a notepad with rubber bands wrapped around to indicate lines. Her son read chapters back to her for edits then sent them to typesetters. Once, she gave her son 26 blank pages because the pen lost ink and police helped reform it in a five-month effort.

8              The most commonly used sentence in the Harry Potter book series was: “Nothing happened.”; for The Hunger Games series it was: “My name is Katniss Everdeen.”, and for the Twilight series, it was: “I sighed.”

9              Dolly Parton has a program that will mail your child a free age-appropriate book once a month from birth to age 5. No obligation, no catch, she just wants to make sure that every child has books.

10           The classic children’s book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch was first conceived as a song about the author’s two stillborn babies.

11           Children’s books have 50% more rare words in them than does an average showing of adult prime-time television.

12           An unauthorized sequel to the Harry Potter books was sold in China. The book consisted of “The Hobbit”, but with the names changed to Harry Potter characters.

13           Strewwelpeter is a German book to scare kids into being good. Ex. a story about a boy who never cleans himself and is unpopular, one refuses to eat his soup and withers away and dies, a girl plays with matches and burns to death, and 2 boys tease someone w/ dark skin and are then dipped in ink as a lesson.

14           There is a Boston Typewriter Orchestra. For some Massachusetts residents, typewriters are the instruments of choice. The Boston Typewriter Orchestra was founded in 2004 and its members use old typewriters to produce unique sounds that they turn into music—they’ve even released an album.

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra Album sleeve

15           President Obama is a Two-Time Grammy Winner. Former President Barack Obama has two Grammys, both for spoken word albums: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming the American Dream and Dreams From My Father.

16           Microsoft founder Bill Gates bought ‘Codex Leicester’, one of Leonardo Di Vinci’s scientific journals for a whopping $30.8 million in November 1994.

17           ‘SWIMS’ upside down still looks like ‘SWIMS’.

18           Silent and Listen are spelt with the same letters.

19           Sting wrote the song ‘Every Breath You Take’ at the same desk which Ian Fleming used to write his James Bond novels. Specifically, this was at the ‘Fleming Villa’ at GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica.

20           Michel Dansel, a French author who hated verbs, wrote Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train from Nowhere) which is a FULL novel with no verbs!


Bonus:   In 2000, Frederic Beigbeder’s novel “99 francs” was published, recommended for sale in France at this price.

The same principle caused the publications in other countries to come out under a different name, corresponding to the exchange rate: “39.90 marks” in Germany, “9.99 pounds” in the UK, “999 yen” in Japan, etc. In 2002, the book was reissued in connection with the introduction of the euro, and was called “14.99 euros”.

After some time the peak of the book’s popularity passed, and it was discounted to the name and the corresponding cost of “6 euros”.


Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t. – Richard Bach


Happiness is… Jólabókaflóð – see #5 above


I’ve got an Eton themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad’s contacts. – Ivo Graham


Love is… when he/she falls under your spell


Boys Cry – Particular People

Highest Chart Position: No. Did not chart Released 15th December 1967


Wednesday 21st August 2019

Poet’s Day

Spumoni Day

Senior Citizens Day



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