We all love reading but do you know that every single book has its own little secret hidden well deep between the pages? These little known fact from ones of our favourite books are now revealed!
#1. Aladdin, one of the main characters of Arabian Nights, or the One Thousand and One Nights told by Scheherazade, was actually a Chinese guy living on the streets of China.
#2. Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series, started writing what would become his first book, Casino Royale, in Jamaica. Being a keen birdwatcher himself, Fleming came across the book of the American ornithologist named James Bond. He found the name to be very brief, unromantic, and yet very masculine. In the twentieth James Bond movie, Die Another Day, the fictional Bond examines the book of James Bond entitled ’Birds of the West Indies’ in one of the scenes in Havana, Cuba. Later he meets a girl and introduces himself as an ornithologist.
#3. The best-selling book in Great Britain (since records began) with sales of 5.3 million copies is Fifty Shades of Grey.
#4. If you think that reading fine detective fiction gives you nothing in terms of practical knowledge, the story that stands behind Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse will prove you wrong. In fact, the detailed description of thallium poisoning given by the author, who herself had worked in a hospital and then a pharmacy, actually saved real lives. In 1977, a girl in a London hospital was suffering from an unknown disease that doctors were having a hard time identifying. A nurse, who happened to be a fan of detective stories, realised that the patient’s symptoms were typical for thallium poisoning, as described in The Pale Horse. Eventually, the doctors saved the girl’s life.
#5. The phrase ’Two plus two equals five’ is notably used in chapter seven of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is believed to have come from the Soviet Union’s idea of achieving a five-year economic boost in just four years starting from 1928.
#6. Leo Tolstoy actually developed a skeptical attitude towards his world-famous masterpiece War and Peace. In January 1871, he sent a letter to his friend Afanasy Fet, in which he wrote, ’How happy I am…that I shall never again write such verbose rubbish like War.’
#7. A fictional sea song from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island goes: ’Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!’ Many suppose that ’Yo-ho-ho’ stands for pirates’ laughter. However, this is not quite true. This chant was used by seamen while hauling ropes or performing other strenuous work as a team.
#8. Mark Twain used to say that his manuscript for Tom Sawyer was the first one ever written on a typewriter. Researchers and Twain’s biographers, however, state that the first book ever fully written on a typewriter was his Life on the Mississippi.
Based on materials from LiveLib, Fact museum, Bright Side
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