Reading is not just a fascinating way of spending your time. Daily reading helps to exercise memory and to develop your critical thinking skills. But that’s something everyone knows. Which is why we’ve researched 12 unusual reading facts that we bet you’ve never heard of!
1. Reading protects from prison
American sociologists argue that children who’ve learned to read by the age of eight have fewer chances of being imprisoned in the future. Moreover, those kids are less likely to use drugs or to drop out of school. Positive effect in action, what more is there to say.
2. The longest word consists of 189,819 letters
Yes, you read that right: 189,819! That’s how many letters there are in the full name of titin — a giant protein. The word is considered to be the longest in any language of the world.
3. Chained books
Yes, just like in the Citadel Library from the Game of Thrones. In the past, the value of the books was so high, that people had to chain books to the shelves. It was a highly effective theft prevention method and was widely practiced in the Middle Ages.
4. The longest sentence ever printed consists of 832 words
You may find it in Victor Hugo’s “Miserables”. By the way, the novel was translated into 60 languages and adapted to screen countless times. It’s loved by millions of fans all over the world and is a highly recommended read.
5. World’s tallest book is over 6 feet
The world’s tallest book, “Collection of Maritime Rules”, is stored in the Amsterdam Museum. Its height is about 6.4 feet, and it’s over 3 feet wide. Can you imagine the scale of this giant folio!?
6. Habitual reading makes you kinder
The studies have shown that adults who regularly read fiction are more likely to engage in charity and volunteer work. Perhaps it’s time to replace the slogan “Make love, not war” with “Read fiction, not media”. Although media is often fiction, so it could get a little confusing.
7. The most famous book thief
In his entire criminal career, Steven Bloomberg stole 23,000 rare books from 268 libraries. The total value of the stolen is estimated to be over $20 million! By the by, people who steal books are called bibliocleptomanes.
8. Fast reading helps to protect your eyes
Well, if you enjoy reading and are deeply concerned about your vision, take speed-reading courses. This skill helps to preserve vision and doubles your recall speed. It’s a win-win!
9. Three best-selling books in the world
The books are the Holy Bible (6 billion copies), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (900 million), and the Harry Potter series (500 million copies sold). We bet you didn’t expect Mao Tse-Tung to make the list. We certainly didn’t. Gotta wonder what’s the story there.
10. Illiteracy is still a problem
Just think for a moment, every fifth adult in the world cannot read or write! Two thirds of all illiterate people in the world are women, and every fourth teenager can’t read even the simplest sentence.
11. Geniuses read very quickly
The average reading speed of an ordinary man is 230 words per minute. This is about 2 pages. Pretty solid, right? Well, not for the sharpest among us! Napoleon, for example, read at a rate of 2,000 words per minute, while Balzac could finish a small novel in just half an hour!
12. Your eyes look in different directions when reading
Incredible, but true! When reading, each of our eyes looks at a different letter 50% of the time. Moreover, the lines of sight can both intersect and diverge.
Hope, that our article will help you to remember the magical feeling of diving into a favorite book. And, if you want your child to join the amazing world of books, install the Nicola Read2play app. This unique software is designed with the sole purpose of arousing children’s interest in reading.