Paper books still outsells e-books by a huge margin, even among young people. cnbc.com/2019/09/19/physi…
Sue Grafton, known author of the "alphabet series" ('"A" Is for Alibi', '"B" Is for Burglar', etc) died months after the release of '"Y" is for Yesterday', leaving her one book shy of the complete series. courier-journal.com/story…
Stan Lee, the co-creator of comic book characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide, was a victim of elder abuse by his business manager Keya Morgan. abc.net.au/news/2019-05-1…
Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Evel Knievel, perhaps the best known daredevil, ruined his career when he attacked a man with a baseball bat due an unflattering book. The victim was knocked unconscious and needed major surgery to repair his arm.Evel only served 6 months in jail but lost all his endorsements and contracts. bizarrela.com/2016/03/eve…
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, released a limited 200 signed copies of the book bound in an asbestos cover making them fireproof. They rarely sell for less than $10,000. abebooks.com/books/Fahren…
Kurt Vonnegut had a cameo appearance in the movie; β€˜Back to School.’ When the protagonist (Rodney Dangerfield) is asked how he is gong to write a paper on β€˜Vonnegut’ for literature class, if he hasn’t read any of the books? ...the actual Kurt Vonnegut shows up at his dorm room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
, the book "death by starvation", written by Hegesias of Cyrene, a philosopher who believed that life was futile and advocated for suicide, was so influential that it convinced a number of people to kill themselves. Subsequently, Hegesias was banned from teaching in Alexandria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heg…
Today I learned about Revolt, a book in which farm animals revolt and take over their farm in order to introduce equality, with things quickly denigrating into abuse and terror. The story was meant as a metaphor for the Bolshevik Revolution and was published 21 years before George Orwell's Animal Farm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C…
The Wizard of Oz is just the first of a series of 14 books by l. Frank Baum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Mayans had paper-based books (codices) that Spanish missionaries burned, causing "much affliction" among the surviving Maya. Only three codices survive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Anastasia, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, supposedly escaped execution during the Russian Revolution. The story inspired books and imposters. Scientific analysis (incl. DNA analysis) now confirms she died in 1918. Remains included the imperial family and all four grand duchesses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Steve Jobs did an internship for HP at age 12 after cold calling the CEO from a phone book asking for parts. finance.yahoo.com/news/co…
In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
Iceland has the highest number of authors per head, and one in ten icelandic people will publish a book in their lifetime bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
Today I learned about Elizabeth Cochrane, who, under the pseudonym of Nellie Bly, got herself admitted into an insane asylum in Blackwell's Island by feigning insanity to uncover what really goes on there and how the patients are treated. Her exposΓ© of the conditions of the patients were collected into a book digital.library.upenn.edu…
Hitler tried to distance himself from Mein Kampf, saying "If I had had any idea in 1924 that I would have become Reich chancellor, I never would have written the book." and dismissing it as "fantasies behind bars". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mei…
The most expensive item purchased on the TV Show 'Pawn Stars' was a series of original sketches of the book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. Rick paid $250,000 for the sketches. looper.com/190487/the-mos…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
The first paperback edition of the Lord of the Rings was unauthorized, as Tolkien refused to have anything to do with "so degenerate a form" as the paperback book. kirkusreviews.com/news-an…
The children's book "Goodnight Moon" was excluded by the NY Public Library for several decades because the book was despised by Anne Carroll Moore, the head children's librarian and influential author and book critic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
For decades, libraries refused to carry any Stratemeyer Syndicate books (publisher of Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys) considering them to be unworthy trash. Series books were considered to "cause 'mental laziness,' induce a 'fatal sluggishness,' and 'intellectual torpor.'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received "a resounding lack of critical acclaim" for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The lyrics for Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Viggo Mortensen would not have taken the part of Aragorn in LOTR had it not been for his 11 year old son's enthusiasm for the books. He performed his own stunts insisting he used a real steel sword and he also purchased the two horses, whom he rode and bonded with over the duration of the films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Today I learned about Anne Parrish who was browsing old books in Paris when she discovered a book that she loved as a child in New York. She showed it to her husband. He opened the book and discovered that was, in fact, her childhood copy of the book with her address and name on the inside cover. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
Nirvana considered making a video for All Apologies that featured Kurt Cobain playing Lee Harvey Oswald, singing to the camera and making a pie in the book depository. Cobain would then throw the pie out the window, which would hit Kennedy (played by Grohl or Novoselic) in the back of the head. vice.com/en/article/7bmvd…
The "Starvation Doctor," Linda Burfield Hazzard, who wrote a book, "Fasting for the Cure of Disease," was convicted of manslaughter in 1912 for a patient's death by starvation. At least 15 deaths are attributed to her "care." While doing a fasting cure on herself in 1938 she died of starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Fames children's author Shel Silverstein was a lead cartoonist at Playboy magazine before getting into children's books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
In 2015, two day care teachers were charged with child abuse for running a toddler Fight Club in Cranford, NY, where they'd pit children aged 4 to 6 against each other, record it while quoting the book and movie and post it on Snapchat. nypost.com/2015/09/01/day…
So far 18 books in public institutions have been confirmed as being bound in human skin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1963 Barbie introduced a teenaged β€œbabysitter” Barbie which was sold with a doll-sized book titled "How To Lose Weight," and read β€œDon’t Eat.” Babysitter Barbie also came with a pink scale, with the weight permanently reading 110, 35 pounds less than a woman her height should weigh groovyhistory.com/barbie-…
The origin of the phrase "Heavens to Betsy" is completely unknown. Efforts have been made to trace it back to the maker of the first US flag, Betsy Ross, or to an old rifle that was known as Old Betsy but no evidence has been found. A 1955 book said that its origins were "completely unsolvable". worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
The song "Imagine" was conceptualized from the1964 book "Grapefruit" by Yoko Ono, who was very much into open-mindedness and using your imagination. In 2017, she was finally credited as a co-writer with John Lennon - 48 years after the song was released. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Today I learned of the book "Shadows from the Walls of Death", an 1874 book written by Dr. Robert C. Kedzie about the dangers of arsenic-pigmented wallpaper. The book contains only a forward and 86 specimens of such wallpapers. Of the 100 created, 4 remain today. collections.nlm.nih.gov/b…
The Grinch is green because Chuck Jones (the director of the TV special) rented a car that he thought was a very ugly shade of green. The Grinch is black and white in the original book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
There is a recurring column in the magazine New Scientist that lists people with names that match their professions (i.e. book about polar explorations by author Daniel Snowman). β€œNominative determinism” is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nom…
The Byrds' 1965 recording of "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" holds the distinction in the U.S. of being the # 1 hit with the oldest lyrics. Nearly all the lyrics are taken from the book of Ecclesiastes, traditionally ascribed to King Solomon in the 10th century BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned about doljabi which is a tradition for a child's first birthday in Korea. The child is placed in front of a table with many items and the item they pick up first shows what the child will grow up to be. For example, if they pick money, they'll be rich. If they pick a book, they'll be smart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Today I learned of Kim Peek, the Inspiration for the Award winning movie 'Rainman'. A megasavant,he is fast reader, reading the left page of the book with his left eye at the same time the right page with his right eye. He has memorized the words in the 12000 books he finished. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has dyslexia that is so severe that he was 38 when he read his first book, Catching Fire, to completion standard.co.uk/news/celeb…
The Missouri Bar has produced coloring books to inform children about the functions of the government and the function of lawyers and judges, and made them available for free. missourilawyershelp.org/l…
80% of books published 1924-63 never had their copyrights renewed and are now in the public domain boingboing.net/2019/08/01…
The Icelandic phone book lists everyone by first name icenews.is/2016/01/29/a-n…
A man named Jayme Gordon sued Dreamworks Animation for stealing ideas from his drawings to make β€œKung Fu Panda”. Investigators found that he had traced his drawings from a β€œLion King” coloring book. Gordon was charged with perjury and wire fraud. He was sentenced to two years in prison. fbi.gov/news/stories/the-…
The U.S banned books and films about Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Japan as well as all satirical cartoons of General MacArthur. youtu.be/p5Ac7ap_MAY?t=23…
The first book was written before the 18th century BC reference.com/world-view/…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
Marvel's Deadpool issue #27 holds the world record for the most comic book characters in one cover. The cover, drawn by Scott Koblish features 232 characters attending Deadpool's wedding. comicbook.com/news/deadpo…

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