Today is the 109th birthday of a man that we all know. The love of reading that so many of us have may be attributed to the wonderful rhymes of Dr. Seuss that we read as children or we read to our own children.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Some interesting facts:
- Green Eggs and Ham has only 50 words. The book was written that way on a bet by his publisher that he couldn’t write a book with only 50 words. Those words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
- The Grinch is based on Dr. Seuss himself. He thought that by writing the book he would find something he was missing about the Christmas spirit.
- Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 27 times, now his books have been translated into 15 languages and have had over 500 million copies sold. Shows you that you should never give up on a dream.
- He insisted on being after his books were written, not before as is the standard.
- Dr. Seuss has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- He never had any children.
- His title of “Dr.” is honorary. He never earned a Ph.D, but received many honorary doctorate titles, one of them was bestowed upon him at the 1985 commencement at Princeton University where the entire graduating class stood and recited Green Eggs and Ham in unison in his honor.
- If I Ran The Zoo was the first time the word “nerd” was used in print.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon was made in collaboration with his friend Looney Tunes’ Chuck Jones. It was not popular at the time of its release. Boris Karloff was chosen as the voice of the Grinch since Seuss thought his own voice would scare children. Variety magazine dubbed it a “costly flop”.
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go was written by Seuss to be read to babies while they were still in utero. Ironically, it is now given routinely as a popular graduation book to teenagers and college students. It is also the last book that Dr. Seuss wrote prior to his death.
Today, be a little silly, look at life a little differently and remember that your dreams can be a reality if you keep at it.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ~ Dr. Seuss