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13 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Words And Writing

From Conversation Sparks, a collection of fascinating, little-known facts.

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1. On the origin of Green Eggs and Ham:

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2. On the release of Psycho:

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3. On Where's Waldo? in other countries:

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4. On the true purpose of the typewriter:

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5. On pencils vs. pens:

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6. On colors in different languages:

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7. On Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins' earlier writing gigs:

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8. On the speed of different languages:

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9. On Thomas Jefferson's neologisms:

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10. On the book version of E.T.:

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11. On Arthur C. Clarke's side hobby:

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12. On the first Amazon book sale:

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13. On the origin of Gone with the Wind:

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