Meet The 4-Year-Old Who Has Read More Than 1,000 Books
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How many books have you read today? How about this month, this year... your life? What if we told you that a 4-year-old girl named Daliyah Arana read more than 1,000 books by the time she was 3 years old? Yep, it's true.Related: Having Books In The Home Is As Important To Your Child As Your Own Education
Ernest Hemingway's House Is Full Of Six-Toed Cats
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We've learned that animals can have two heads (creepy), but did you know that there are dozens of six-toed cats roaming Key West, Florida? We can thank Ernest Hemingway for at least part of the abundance of adorable island anomalies. Or, rather, his cat Snow White.Related: How Do Cats Land On Their Feet?
This 800-Page Book Of Colors Predates Pantone By 271 Years
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In 1963, Lawrence Herbert published the Pantone Color Guide, a comprehensive system of identifying and matching colors. But 271 years before that in 1672, a Dutch artist compiled Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau, a nearly 800-page book that did pretty much the same thing. One got a bigger audience than the other; we'll let you guess which.Related: Pantone's Color Technicians Undergo Rigorous Vision Exams
The Digital Library Of Babel Could Contain Every Word Ever Written
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If it were real, the words you're reading would already exist in the Library of Babel, the fictional archive imagined by Jorge Louis Borges in his story of the same name. Luckily, we have the internet. The words you're reading do exist on libraryofbabel.info, the digital version of Borges' library created by Brooklyn-based writer Jonathan Basile. (We're not joking: this paragraph appears on this page of the library.)Related: The Human Library Lets You "Check Out" People To Hear Their Stories
Reindeer Are Real. Here's How They Became Associated With Christmas
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Reindeer are real animals (they're related to deer, elk and moose), but they only became synonymous with the holiday season after two Christmas poems in the 1800s and two department-store campaigns in the 20th century.