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  • 2007-12-03: L. Frank Baum named his book "The Wizard of Oz" after the letters that were printed on his three-drawer filing cabinet ("O-Z").
  • 2006-05-19: Jonathan Swift accurately described the two moons of Mars in "Gulliver's Travels." He stated the sizes and speeds of rotation for both Phobos and Deimos over 100 years before either moon was discovered.
  • 2006-05-19: Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson," in any of his stories.
  • 2006-05-19: The book that holds the record for being the most stolen book from libraries is the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • 2006-03-21: The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.
  • 2006-03-21: The shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept."
  • 2005-07-15: J.K. Rowling coined the term "muggle," which has actually made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. It means "a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way."
  • 2005-07-15: J.K. Rowling's full name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling. She uses J.K. so that boys wouldn't avoid her book because it was written by a girl.
  • 2005-07-15: A signed, first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the book's title in the UK) sells for over $US 39,000. Only 600 copies of the UK first edition were printed.
  • 2005-07-15: A card containing 93 words central to the plot of Order of the Phoenix was auctioned on eBay for $US 45,314. Proceeds went to Book Aid International.
  • 2004-08-27: There are 3,000 trivia facts in Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts.
  • 2003-10-29: Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.
  • 2003-09-18: Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story changed in the 1600's by a translator. It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway when the prince tried to follow her.
  • 2003-09-16: John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost."
  • 2003-09-11: Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" after his editor dared him to write a book using no more than 50 different words. He succeeded with exactly 50 words.
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