Snapple’s Real Facts are notoriously untrustworthy. We live in the age of fake news, though, so maybe this is a great time to be one of Snapple’s facts. Below are some of the best literary facts courtesy of Snapple. All things book, writing, and word related are here for your education.
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1. No word in the English language rhymes with month.
2. The first typewriter was called the “literary piano.”
3. Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand while writing with the other.
4. The standard Chinese typewriter has 1,500 characters.
5. The medical term for writer’s cramp is graphospasm.
6. Not only was James Garfield ambidextrous, he could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time.
7. Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet with his publisher who thought he could not complete a book with only 50 words.
8. An African elephant can turn the pages of a book with its trunk.
9. The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.
10. William Shakespeare was born and died on the same day: April 23.
11. Thomas Edison coined the word “hello” and introduced it as a way to answer the phone.
12. “Typewriter” and “perpetuity” are the longest words that can be typed on a single line of a QWERTY keyboard.
13. The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864.
14. OMG was added to dictionaries in 2011, but its first known use was in 1917.
15. French author Michel Thayer published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.
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