An Extra Leap for Magnetic Personalities

Mark Twain (who is featured in multiple posts here on Commonplace Fun Facts) wrote about the lengths some people will go to in order to get a frog to outjump other frogs. One trick that wasn't discussed in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was magnetism. If only he had known that if you put... Continue Reading →


Mark Twain: Patently Multi-Talented

Mark Twain was much more than an accomplished author. He was also an inventor who was awarded patents for three different innovative devices. Ironically, because of his inventions, this well-known author's most profitable book was blank. A lifelong lover of scrapbooks, Twain thought there had to be a better way to save pictures and clippings. When... Continue Reading →

He’s Just the Type Who Would Type

  Mark Twain was the first significant author to submit a typewritten manuscript to a publisher. By his own accounts, Mark Twain admitted that he did not actually do the typing himself, but rather hired someone to type it for him. In his unpublished autobiography, the famous American author stated he believed he was the... Continue Reading →

The Poor Guy Just Couldn’t Win

Mark Twain lost more than a half million dollars in his lifetime from the failed inventions in which he invested. The invention that cost Twain the most was one in which he did not invest in: Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. When Bell personally offered Twain a chance to invest in his telephone, Twain responding by... Continue Reading →

An “Irregular” Fact About Mark Twain

Nikola Tesla once "shook the poop out" of a constipated Mark Twain with an experiment. One famous legend surrounding the eccentric Tesla was that he had an earthquake machine in his Manhattan laboratory that shook his building and nearly brought down the neighborhood during experiments. Tesla’s device wasn’t actually an earthquake machine, according to W. Bernard... Continue Reading →

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