Posted : 8 years ago

In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed.

The problem of missing teeth was first discussed at length in 1728 by Pierre Fauchard in his book The Surgeon Dentist.

To save costs, the body of Shakespeare’s friend and fellow dramatist, Ben Jonson, was buried standing up in Westminister Abbey, London in 1637.

A 18th century London literary club was called Kit-Cat Club.

When Jonathan Swift published ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ in 1726, he intended it as a satire on the ferociousness of human nature. Today it is enjoyed as a children’s story.

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Posted : 9 years ago

William Shakespeare wrote his first play The Taming of the Shrew in 1593.

The first novel sold through a vending machine – at the Paris Metro – was Murder on the Orient Express.

The first English dictionary was written by Samuel Johnson in 1755.

The first history book, the Great Universal History, was published by Rashid-Eddin of Persia in 1311.

Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter “e.”