When Jonathan Swift published 'Gulliver's Travels' in 1726, he intended it as a satire on the ferociousness of human nature. Today it is enjoyed as a children's story.
Buried Standing Up
To save costs, the body of Shakespeare's friend and fellow dramatist, Ben Jonson, was buried standing up in Westminister Abbey, London in 1637.
More Miscellaneous Facts
The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.
The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. It was first printed in 1703.