Ernest Hemingway

By: Caitie Wick

5 Interesting Facts

1. He took a urinal home from his favorite bar.

2. 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.

3. Ernest Hemingway killed himself with his favorite shotgun bought from Abercrombie & Fitch.

4. Ernest Hemingway was charged with war crimes under the Geneva Convention when he took command and led a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis.

5. His mom was quite stubborn. Many believe his mother wanted another girl, and so until Ernest was four his mother dressed him up like a girl. Ernest’s hair was as long as his sisters’ hair.

5 more Interesting Facts

1. 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.

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. Ernest Hemingway grew paranoid and talked about FBI spying on him later in life. He was treated with electroshock. It was later revealed that he was in fact watched, and Edgard Hoover personally placed him under surveillance.

4. 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.

5. The parents of Ernest Hemingway were ultra-religious, and therefore none too fond of their son's often vulgar subject matters.

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1. If the legend is true, Hemingway bet a group of assembled “peers” (meaning “lesser humans”) that he could write a compelling story in six words. Haughtily, the other writers accepted the challenge and threw their cash onto the (Algonquin round) table. Then Hemingway dropped this one them: “For Sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” And with that, he took all their money.

2. Fidel Castro was very interested in Hemingway.

3. Hemingway has been quoted as loathing his first name because it reminded him of “the naïve, even foolish hero of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest.” As a result, he adopted for himself a vast variety of (often inscrutable) nicknames. In high school, he gave himself the nickname “Hemingstein,” and others called him “Champ” because of his love of boxing. His first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson, and son, John, called him “Ernestoic,” “Tatie,” “Tiny,” and “Wax Puppy.” Others called him “Wemedge,” “Ernie,” “Hem,” and “Hemmy.” But the most widely-recognized and long-lasting nickname of Hemingway is “Papa,” which he ostensibly adopted as a more masculine alternative to the “naïve, foolish” implications of “Ernest.”

4. After outfitting the Pilar with extra fuel tanks, grenades, and high-caliber machine guns, Hemingway and a few buddies set out to hunt Nazi U-boats in the Caribbean. It's mostly an excuse to drink to excess and employ large munitions, but that's why it's great to be Ernest Hemingway.

5. Hemingway is driving with a few buddies on a road near Luxembourg in 1944 when he hears the ripping sound of aircraft fire. He yells, "Jump!" and his friends fly out of the car just as it's strafed down the middle by a machine gun. While they huddle in a ditch, Hemingway uncorks his canteen to distribute premixed martinis

Last 5 Facts!

1. For the longest time, it was thought that he had died through an accidental shooting because his wife didn’t want him to receive a bad image.

2. Hemingway went against his father’s orders to apply for enlistment in the Army, but he did not pass the initial physical examination because tanks were not quite approved as battle-ready at the time

3. He could not pronounce the letter L.

4. During long holidays spent at the family’s summer

home on Walloon Lake in northern Michigan, Ernest, who was not healthy as a youth, pushed himself to the limits of his physical endurance, as he did throughout much of his later life. He became an enthusiastic sportsman.

5. Hemingway had been in Italy for less than six weeks when he was wounded at Fossalta di Piave on Italy’s boundary with Austria. Despite his wounds, he dragged an injured soldier from the front line to safety. For this act of heroism, he was decorated.