- Which was the first novel ever sold through a vending machine?
- The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. When was it first printed?
- Where does the “Hey Diddle Diddle” nursery rhyme come from?
- There are 10 million books in the Russian Public Library in Leningrad — enough to supply every person in the city with two books. If the books housed in the United States Library of Congress were doled out to those living in the city of Washington, D.C., how many books would each person receive?
- Why was part of Lewis Carroll's classic, Through the Looking Glass, featuring a giant wasp wearing a wig omitted from the original publication and only made known to the general public 107 years later?
What is the Greek meaning of the word Utopia (the name of the perfect island society created by Sir Thomas More)?
Utopia means "nowhere," from the Greek ou, meaning "not," and topos, meaning "a place".
How long did it take Noah Webster to complete the first “Webster’s English Dictionary”?
The first edition took Noah Webster over thirty-six years to compile and publish.
Which children’s author wrote his first book in 1936 while crossing the Atlantic on a luxury liner?
Dr. Seuss wrote his first book on the luxury liner Kungsholm. The sound of the ship’s engines annoyed him, and his wife suggested that he use their rhythm to help him write a book in rhyme. The book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times before Vanguard Publishing took a chance and accepted the manuscript.
What was the inspiration for the title of the long-running TV mystery series Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury?
The 1961 movie "Murder She Said," which was based on the Agatha Christie mystery 4:50 from Paddington.
Which celebrated British author insisted on facing North as a part of his writing process?
Charles Dickens always slept facing North because he believed it improved his writing ability.