Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway Facts

  1. Ernest killed himself with his favorite shotgun, purchased from Abercrombie & Fitch.

  2. His death was found to be self-inflicted, but the newspapers called it “accidental.” Five years later, Mary, his wife, publicly disclosed that the cause of death was suicide.

  3. His six-toed cat was a rather busy cat in Key West. This is why there is no shortage of six-toed cats in Key West.

  4. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to arms. (1929).

  5. Early in 1918, Hemingway responded to a Red Cross recruitment effort in Kansas City and signed on to become an ambulance driver in Italy.

  6. Ernest Hemingway once published a recipe for apple pie in his column. In fact, he had a lot of recipes for food, and some of them even ended up being museum pieces like his hamburger recipe

  7. During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times (Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mar Welsh Hemingway). Martha Gellhorn never liked being his third wife and would require any interviewer to never mention Hemingway.

  8. Hemingway Survived Not One, but TWO Plane Crashes.

  9. Ernest Hemingway Hunted Sharks

  10. Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary are buried in Ketchum’s town cemetery in Idaho.

  11. Hemingway was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery under-fire in World War II when he was a war correspondent.

  12. Ernest Hemingway used a machine gun when fishing, to shoot sharks, and was the first person to ever boat a giant tuna in an undamaged state.

  13. He was a failed KGB Spy

  14. In the Florida Keys, there are a lot of 6-toed cats, because Ernest Hemingway’s cat “got around” a lot.

  15. In 1922 Hemingway went to Greece and Turkey to report on the war between those countries.

  16. Wanted to go to war in World War I, but he had wretched eye sight. However, he convinced the military to make him an ambulance driver. Unfortunately, during the war he was wounded from mortar fire.

  17. After World War II, he was accused of War Crimes by Geneva surrounding an event where Ernest lead a group of French Militia against the Nazis. He was not convicted.

  18. During his 62 years, he married four times and divorced three times (Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, Mar Welsh Hemingway). Martha Gellhorn never liked being his third wife and would require any interviewer to never mention Hemingway.

  19. Hemingway was checked in to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota under the name Saviers, and the press believed he was being treated for hypertension.

  20. Hemingway only wrote one play called The Fifth column and it is set during the Spanish Civil War.

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