Ernest Hemingway

By: Spencer Flynn

Interesting Facts


  1. He was a failed KGB Spy
  2. In the last few years of his life, Ernest Hemingway grew paranoid and talked about FBI spying on him.
  3. Ernest Hemingway was known to use a machine gun on sharks to stop them eating his catch
  4. Ernest Hemingway survived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, skin cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, two plane crashes (on consecutive days), a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, and more.
  5. Ernest Hemingway killed himself with his favorite shotgun bought from Abercrombie & Fitch.
  6. Ernest Hemingway was charged with war crimes under the Geneva Convention when he took command and led of a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis.
  7. In the Florida Keys, there are a lot of 6-toed cats, because Ernest Hemingway’s cat “got around” a lot.
  8. Hemingway’s brother founded a nation off the coast of Jamaica that consisted of a raft and 7 citizens. It had currency, postage, and a constitution.
  9. There’s an Ernest Hemingway lookalike society that holds yearly contests.
  10. Every male in the Hemingway family would commit suicide at some point in their life.
  11. Hemingway's son ran a safari business in Tanzania
  12. The FBI kept an open file on Hemingway.
  13. As a teenager, Hemingway volunteered for war work and was wounded on the Italian front in 1918
  14. As a boy, Hemmingway spent the summers with his family in the woods of northern Michigan
  15. Hemmingway suffered from alcholism and depression
  16. His granddaughter Margaux Hemmingway, took an overdose of phenobarbital on July 1, 1996
  17. He was obsessed with six toed cats
  18. He survived two plane crashes
  19. When Hemingway became paranoid he was treated with electroshock theareapy
  20. Hemingway wrote most of his stories in his bedroom

One of the most eccentric yet differencial writers of his time.

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