The first novel, called The story of Genji, was written in 1007 by Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument in Prague, stands 9 metres (30 ft) tall.

When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.

Noah Webster, who wrote the Webster Dictionary, was known as a short, pale, smug, boastful, humourless, yet religious man.

Ian Fleming’s James Bond debuted in the novel “Casino Royale” in 1952.