H.L. Mencken did not hide his dislike of President Warren G. Harding. He especially loathed Harding’s mangling of the English language and called such utterings “Gamalielese”, in honor of the President’s middle […]
Shortly before the start of the Marvel Era of comic books, Journey Into Mystery #73 published “Where will you be, when… The Spider Strikes!” In it, a common household spider was doused with radioactive rays. […]
Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (Czech: Taneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé) is a 1964 novel by the Czechoslovak writer Bohumil Hrabal. It tells the story of a man who […]
The Train from Nowhere by Michel Thaler was written entirely without verbs. The author tells the tale purely with descriptions and criticisms of the passengers on the train.
There are more than 168,000 Bibles either sold or given away per day in the United States according to the Gideons, Wycliffe International and the International Bible Societies. Historically it has been […]
In the first edition of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas were described as black pygmies from “the very deepest and darkest part of the African jungle where no […]
The original manuscript of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was eaten by his dog. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, “I was pretty mad, but the poor […]
Edgar Allen Poe originally intended his poem, “The Raven” to feature a talking parrot.
Aeschylus, the great Athenian author of tragedies, died in 455 BC. He was killed when an eagle mistook his head for a rock and tried to crack a tortoise’s shell by dropping […]
New York City newspaper The Sun printed a series of six articles in 1835 about the discovery of civilization on the moon. The articles claimed that a British astronomer named John Herschel […]
Comic books may sound like something for kids, but don’t be fooled. Some of the most sought after collectibles in the world are comic books that once sold for as little as […]
The last words of Dominique Bouhours, a French grammar expert, were, “I am about to — or I am going to — die. Either expression is correct.”
Mark Twain lost more than a half million dollars in his lifetime from the failed inventions in which he invested. The invention that cost Twain the most was one in which he […]
Bennett Cerf, co-founder of Random House, one of the biggest publishing companies in the world, bet a client of his that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words. […]
Nikola Tesla once “shook the poop out” of a constipated Mark Twain with an experiment. One famous legend surrounding the eccentric Tesla was that he had an earthquake machine in his Manhattan […]