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Language Facts
Dictionary Writers - Language Facts

Samuel Johnson completed the first English dictionary in 1755. Apparently Johnson was known for his drinking. On the other hand, Noah Webster, who wrote the famous Webster Dictionary, was known as a short, pale, smug, boastful, humorless, yet religious man. Webster is also accused of crediting himself with coining many words which had been in the language for centuries.

When the Webster dictionary was published in 1828, contemporaries commented that it lacked real knowledge, was full of crudities and errors, and was of little purpose. Webster was not a newcomer to the literary scene. His spelling book, called the Blue-Black Speller because of its binding, was one of the best-selling books of the 19th century. Even so, Webster took a comparatively small royalty advance on his dictionary, expecting it to sell 250,000 copies. He didn't expect that it would go on to sell more than 30 million copies during the next 12 years.

Two of the men who would continue to benefit from Webster's fifty years of labor were Charles and George Merriam, thus the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of today.

Perhaps the most famous dictionary is the Oxford English Dictionary. When the Philological Society of London decided in 1857 to compile the English language, they did not realize the extent of the task. Eventually in 1879, James A H Murray was appointed to gather a group of linguists to further the compilation, estimating that it would consist of 6,400 pages in two volumes. Five years later they had only reached the word 'ant'.

In April 1928, 50 years after it was started, the Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. It consisted of 400,000 words and phrases in 10 volumes. The latest complete edition covers more than 600,000 words over 22,000 pages, includes 33,000 Shakespeare quotations, and is bound in 20 volumes. All of which, in electronic edition at 540 megabytes big, is also available on a single CD or a single USB memory stick or online.

Sports Facts
Most seasons as major league umpire - Sports Facts

Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire - 37 years, starting in 1905. He also officiated 18 World Series.

Miscellaneous Facts
The origin of the dollar - Miscellaneous Facts

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, using a combination of Spanish money symbols.

The $ sign is used in many countries other than the United States, including the use for the Argentine peso, Brazilian real, Cape Verde escudo, Chilean peso, Colombian peso, Cuban peso, Dominican peso, Mexican peso, Tongan pa'anga and Uruguayan peso. Other countries that trade in their currency as dollars are Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Liberia and others

If you stack one million US$1 bills, it would be 110m (361 ft) high and weight exactly 1 ton. A million dollars' worth of $100 bills weighs only 10 kg (22 lb). One million dollars' worth of once-cent coins (100 million coins) weigh 246 tons.

Language Facts
Switching letters - Language Facts

Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

Sports Facts
Most NASCAR Wins - Sports Facts

The record for the most NASCAR wins is held by Richard Petty: 200 wins (and 7 championships).

Miscellaneous Facts
English Novel Without Using the letter 'E' - Miscellaneous Facts

Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter e.

Don't believe that a novel could be without any e's? Here's an excerpt from page one of Wright's Gadsby:

"If youth, throughout all history, had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do it practically; you wouldn't constantly run across folks today who claim that "a child don't know anything." A child's brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adults act, and figuring out its purport."

- Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright. Published 1939

Sports Facts
First motor car land speed record - Sports Facts

The very first motor car land speed record was set by Ferdinand Verbiest.

Inventions Facts
Inventor of IC (Integrated Circuit) - Inventions Facts

Without the one knowing about the other, Jack Kilby from Texas and Robert Noyce from California invented the integrated circuit in 1958. However, their idea is not new - Briton GW Dummer had suggested such a design in 1952.

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