Factual Friday: Libraries
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 15, 2011

By Matl (own work (photography)) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons This week is National Library Week (April 10 – 16, 2011) sponsored by the American Library Association (website | Twitter | Facebook). Pub­lic libraries are some of the few pub­lic build­ings the pub­lic actu­ally uses. Whether you are rich or poor, edu­cated or not and no mat­ter to which polit­i­cal party you donated to, you are always wel­come at your local library – they are the great equal­izer of our society. Probably due to that fact, libraries have been bombarded with budget cuts all over the world (but that’s OK as long as the politicians get a raise for the mass they created). National Library Week has been around since 1958 and some schools make it National Library Month. If you haven’t been to the library recently I encourage you to do so. A day at the library is a “fun day” in our house – the library provides games, the kids can play, read some books, flutz around on the kids’ computer and all for free. The librarians are always very helpful, even I, who has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, acknowledge their superiority over…

Factual Friday: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 8, 2011

Even though it took me a while to get into The Hunchback of Notre Dame I was very impressed with the book (book review) and thought the last 200 pages were certainly work trudging through some of it. 1) The original title of the book is “Notre Dame de Paris” which translates into “Our Lady of Paris” – a much more fitting title in my opinion. 2) Victor Hugo made it clear that the main character in the novel is the cathedral and not any of the characters. 3) Victor Hugo was strongly against the English title. 4) Dom Claude Frollo named the abandoned child he found in the chruch “Quasimodo” because he found him on Quasimodo Sunday. 5) “Quasi modo” in Latin translates to “almost standard” but actually means “similar to”. Believe it or not this name is in line with common medieval naming conventions. The Hunchback by Brian Bustard – Purchase a Print 6) Quasimodo has fifteen bells but his favorite is named “Big Marie” 7) In the novel, Esmeralda is 14-16 years old. 8 ) Esmeralda is charged with witchcraft, among other offenses. 9) One of the subplots is Esmeralda’s search for her mother. 10) There are…

Factual Friday: Anna Sewell
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 1, 2011

Author Anna Sewel (30 March 1820 – 25 April 1878) was an English novelist best known for her classic novel “Black Beauty”. Below are a few facts about Ms. Sewel just in case you’re ever on Jeopardy. 1. Anna Sewell was part of a devout Quaker family. 2. Anna’s mother, Mary Wright Sewell,  was a popular author of “juvenile bestsellers” including “Mother’s Last Words” which sold millions of copies throughout the world. 3. Anna Sewell never recovered fully from an accident she had. Her love for horses is attributed to her difficulty walking. 4. During the writing of “Black Beauty” Anna became sicker and sicker. The novel was finished only through her mother’s transcription and dictation. 5.While traveling in Europe seeking to improve her health, Sewell met several artists, philosophers and writers. The exposure is believed to have contributed to “Black Beauty”. 6. “Black Beauty was Anna Sewell’s only publication. 7. Although considered a children’s classic, Sewell wrote “Black Beauty” for people who work with horses. 8. “Black Beauty” was suppose to have “a special aim being to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses” 9.  Sadly, Sewell died several months after the release of “Black Beauty” and…

Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts
Fun Facts Friday / March 2, 2011

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found a publisher. 3)      Dr. Seuss never had children and according to his wife Audrey he was slightly afraid of them and “couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them”. 4)      Seuss was Mrs. Geisel’s (his mother) maiden name. 5)      During his service in the US Army Signal Corps Geisel worked with a wonderful group who would later become animation pioneers such as legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones and renowned voice actor  Mel Blanc. 6)      Dr. Seuss dropped out of Oxford and never received his doctorate. 7)      Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he thought children stories were too boring. 8)      “Green Eggs and Ham” was written as a bet between Geisel and his publisher to come up with a story which uses exactly 50 words (a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat,…

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