11/26/2013 09:18 am ET

9 Astounding Facts That Will Blow Your Bibliophilic Mind

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    The word “time” is the most commonly used noun in English.
  • 2
    An “earworm” is a song that gets stuck in your head.
  • 3
    A language dies every 14 days.
  • 4
    25 million Bibles were printed in 2011, compared to 208 million IKEA catalogs.
  • 5
    There are about 6,900 languages in existence but more than half the world’s population uses only 20 of them.
  • 6
    Charles Darwin’s editor thought “The Origin of Species” was too obscure. He suggested a book about pigeons, as “everybody is interested in pigeons.”
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    A full Kindle weighs a billionth of a billionth of a gram more than a brand-new one.
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    Leo Tolstoy’s wife wrote out the drafts of “War and Peace” for him, in longhand, six times.
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    99 percent of all the words in the “Oxford English Dictionary” do not derive from Old English.

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