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15 Words You Never Knew Came from Literature — Infographic

15 Words You Never Knew Came From Literature

The English language is always evolving, and new words pop up every time we turn around, or so it seems.  At the beginning, they may not be well known, but sometimes become such a part of our everyday lexicon we forget their origin.  Although in some cases, the common meaning of these words may have changed, all of the words on today’s infographic come from literature throughout the ages.  Who knew a “tween” was really between 20 and 33 years old??  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Fictional Drugs & Substances from Literature, TV, and Film — Infographic

Fictional Drugs & Substances from Literature, TV, and Film

The worlds created in popular literature, television, and film universes are extraordinarily deep, and as a result many aspects of these worlds and cultures are very throughtout and rich for exploration.  Unfortunately, illicit drugs and substances are no exception.  Drawing heavily from science fiction, but also including other genres, today’s infographic takes a look at several fictional drugs and other substances (for better or worse) you can find in literature, TV, and film.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Infographics

 

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16 Inspirational Quotes from Children’s Literature — Infographic

16 Inspirational Quotes from Children’s Literature

Sometimes the best inspiration and the greatest pick-me-up can come from the simplest places.  Children’s books are often our most beloved and create the greatest memories.  These quotes from many classic favorites are guaranteed to have you feeling inspired in no time.  [VIA]

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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Infographics

 

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The Most Popular Books of All Time – Infographic

The Most Popular Books of All Time

Today’s infographic was created by lovereading.co.uk and provides a great statistical breakdown of the most popular books of all time.  None of the books listed should be surprises, and the calculations of number of translations, editions and sales make for very interesting comparisons. [VIA]

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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Which Book Reader Species Are You? – Infographic

Which Book Reader Species Are You?

I don’t know about you, but I love to read and anticipate that I always will.  I never really thought about what kind of reader I might be though.  Today’s infographic is a fun twist on looking at readers and reading where using Linnean classification over 50 species of readers have been “discovered” — even non-readers are included!  Which species are you?  I’m leaning towards “The Hoarder”, “Compulsive Book Buyer” or “The Kindle Convert” myself… [VIA]

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Infographics

 

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42: The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything – Infographic

The Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything

Anyone who is a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy already knows and understands the significance of the number 42 (and why is it is extremely important to always have a towel!)If for some reason you don’t, may I highly recommend that you grab a copy and find out!  In honor of tomorrow’s annual Towel Day, a celebration of the life and work of Douglas Adam’s, today’s infographic helps to shed some light and explain the special meaning of the number 42 from all walks of life. Don’t Panic. [VIA]

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Moby Dick Big Read Project

Moby Dick — Big Read

I came across this site through Open Culture which is a fantastic repository of all kinds of great free history and pop culture.  The Moby Dick Big Read Project was an enormous undertaking to record all 135 chapters of the novel into an audiobook format with each of the chapters read by a different voice.  Combining the voices of the known and unknown but all important this project has injected new live into one of the greatest American novels.

You can listen to the audio on the Big Read site itself, through iTunes, or through SoundCloud.

H/T to both Open Culture for the original post and Book Riot for pointing me their way.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Blogs, Websites

 

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