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FRIDAY FUN FACT: da Vinci’s Dual Talents

A perhaps little-known fact about Leonardo da Vinci is that he could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

FUN FACT: Guinness World Records is a Record-Holder

Guinness World Records, an annually published reference book filled with a collection of world records (both the human variety and those occurring in the natural wold), itself  holds the world record as the best-selling copyrighted book series of all time.

It is also one of the books most often stolen from public libraries.

 

FUN FACT: Noah Webster

Noah Webster, often referred to as the “father of his country’s language,” published the American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.

FUN FACT: The History of Paperbacks

Paperback books first appeared in the United States around 1845. They virtually disappeared when the Copyright Act of 1891 banned the reprinting of English titles in paperback form. The books reappeared in 1936, when Allen Lane’s Penguin Press, an English publishing house, started to publish them again. By about 1980, about 70% of the books published in the U.S. are paperbacks.