What Was the First Book Ever Printed?

Whether you’re a certifiable bookworm or not, the vast majority of us have benefited significantly from the ready availability of print media in this day and age. But if you’ve always thought that we have the Gutenberg Bible to thank for that, think again: Johannes Gutenberg didn’t invent movable type, and the Gutenberg Bible wasn’t the first book ever printed.

Did Sherlock Holmes Really Say “Elementary, My Dear Watson?”

The well-trod phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” is as closely associated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories as the deerstalker cap and the calabash pipe. But if you take a closer look at the details of Doyle’s famous detective as initially written, you might find a few surprises.

Why Do Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle, and Pop?

Rice Krispies has been known for its famous catchphrase—and the three mascots named for this catchphrase—for almost as long as it’s been available (and given that the cereal is about a century old, that’s saying something). But have you ever wondered precisely why Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop? What is it about puffed rice that causes it to make such bizarre sounds when you add milk to it?

Why Do We Think of Owls as Wise?

If A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories taught us nothing else, it’s that owls are wise, knowledgeable creatures who generally mean well, even if they tend toward pedantry at times. Right? Well… maybe not. We might often think of owls as wise, but whether or not they are wise is a different story entirely.
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