The famous writer Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, when Halley's comet passed over our planet. He passed away in 1910, the year of the next appearance of the comet. Twain himself was a superstitious man, therefore, more than once he assured that he would die with the arrival of a comet.
Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Landhorn Clemens. And he took a pseudonym for himself only when he decided to do journalism. By the way, in translation his pseudonym can be translated as "double mark" - in his youth, Clemens was a pilot on a steamer. "Double notch" means that the depth of the channel is twice the minimum rate, which means that the vessel can pass freely.
In 1861, during the American Civil War, he ended up in the southern army, but quickly became disillusioned with military service. Two weeks later, the guy left his unit and went and fled to the west of the country, deciding to try his luck in mining silver.
Even in the 21st century, we gladly use sticky notes for notebooks. And it was Mark Twain who was their inventor. He loved to collect newspaper clippings, and in order to make it more convenient to glue them into an album, he came up with a sticky strip on the edge of the clippings. The invention was patented in 1872.
The writer often invested money in various financial enterprises, but most often he failed. Once, Alexander Bell invited Twain to support financially his development to create an intercom - a telephone. But, Mark Twain said that such an unnecessary product is unlikely to be in demand.
On July 1, 1874, the first batch of Remington typewriters went on sale. Mark Twain became one of the first buyers. The writer was proud to be the first to use this useful invention in literature. Soon, he brought to the publishing house his famous work on the adventures of Tom Sawyer, printed on a typewriter.
The writer was a heavy smoker. Friends who visited Twain's office assured that it was impossible to see the owner himself behind the thick clouds of smoke.
Mark Twain was very fond of wearing white suits. There were at least two dozen of them in his wardrobe. But I preferred red socks.
Currently, the writer has no direct descendants, despite the fact that he had four children. But the son died in infancy, and the two daughters were very young. Only daughter Clara survived to old age, who had an only daughter, the granddaughter of Twain. But, she died childless.
One of the streets in Volgograd is named after the famous writer. It is located in the Dzerzhinsky district of the city.
One day a letter came to Twain's name, in which there was a single word - "pig." In the next issue of the newspaper, the writer advertised: “I often receive letters without a signature. But this time I received a letter only with a signature. "