Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

The first leap year was 46 BC. Bird guano is 11 to 16 percent nitrogen, 8 to 12 percent phosphoric acid, and 2 to 3 percent potash. A baseball weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces. 50,000 people can be…

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Five Fascinating Facts about Romeo and Juliet

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Fun facts about William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet

1. Shakespeare makes Juliet a thirteen-year-old girl when she goes to be with Romeo. We know that Romeo and Juliet is about young love – the ‘pair of star-cross’d lovers’, who belong to rival families in Verona – but what is odd about Shakespeare’s play is how young he makes Juliet. It’s one of the most curious facts about the character of Juliet. Shakespeare’s source for the play’s story was Arthur Brooke’s The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1562), an English verse translation of an Italian tale. (The Italian story was first printed as ‘Mariotto and Gianozza’ in 1476, and contained many of the plot elements of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.) In Brooke’s poem, Juliet is sixteen – the same as Romeo. But when Shakespeare dramatised the story, he made Juliet several years younger (though Romeo appears…

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10 Famous Quotes That Are Literary Misquotes

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11 Of The Best Quotes In Literature

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A great sentence is as refreshing as a cool cup of water.

See what I did there? That was a bad sentence riddled with a horrible cliche. That was the opposite of a good sentence. In fact, I’m probably terrible at writing good sentences–that’s why I love reading other people’s good sentences.

Today, join me as we bask in the brilliance of some of the greatest quotes from literature. I wish I could write like this.


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