9 Ways Dr. Seuss was A Secret Badass

Today is the 109th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel, who we know as Dr. Seuss. In honor of the occasion, how about a list of facts you might not know about Dr. Seuss -but you should.

5. He once used the pen name Rosetta Stone. And he did not teach you to speak Portuguese in three months.

6. He's widely credited with coining the word "nerd" in his 1950 book If I Ran The Zoo.  

7. He was an Oscar winner. Not all of the big screen adaptations of his works were so acclaimed (sorry, Cat In The Hat), but his early days of film were filled with critical darlings. His documentary films Hitler Lives and Design For Death won Academy Awards in 1946 and 1947, and his cartoon short Gerald McBoing Boing won an Oscar in 1951.

You can read the rest at Hollywood. Number 9 has to be my favorite. Link -via Digg


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The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences between them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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