The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. It was first printed in 1703.
Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from “locked-in” syndrome, wrote the book “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly” by blinking his left eyelid – the only part of his body that could move.
The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.
The first book published is thought to be the Epic of Gilgamesh, written at about 3000 BC in cuneiform, an alphabet based on symbols.
The world’s libraries store more than a 100 million original volumes.
Picasso could draw before he could walk and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil.
The largest statue in the world is Mount Rushmore, the heads of four US Presidents carved into the Black Hills near Keystone. The heads are 18 m (60 ft) tall.
In 1816, Frenchman J.R. Ronden tried to stage a play that did not contain the letter “a.” The Paris audience was offended, rioted and did not allow the play to finish.
In 1097, Trotula, a midwife of Salerno, wrote The Diseases of Women – it was used in medical schools for 600 years.
The shortest stage play is Samuel Beckett’s “Breath” – 35 seconds of screams and heavy breathing.