Ernest Hemingway

by Abigail Taylor

Facts about Hemingway

1. Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899.

2. Many believe that Hemingway's mother wanted a girl, so until Ernest was four, his mother dressed him up like a girl.

3. He wanted to fight in World War 1, but was rejected because of his terrible eyesight.

4. There's a popular tale about Hemingway betting fellow writers that he could write a six word story in just six words.

5. Ernest Hemingway once published a recipe for apple pie in his column.

6. In 1940, Hemingway worked closely with the Soviet KGB.

7. Hemingway had a six-toed cat.

8. Ernest killed himself with his favorite shotgun from Abercrombie and Fitch.

9. Ernest Hemingway's mother disliked his first book, "The Sun also Rises" because she claimed that he was "prostituting great talent" and "pondering to sensationalism."

10. American actor Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway became great friends after getting into a fist fight in a theater.

11. There is a Hemingway look-alike society.

12. Hemingway underwent shock therapy for his manic depression.

13. Ernest Hemingway was almost fatally injured in 2 separate plane crashes over a 2-day period.

14. Ernest Hemingway survived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, mortar shrapnel wounds, three car crashes and bushfire burns.

15. As a war correspondent during WWII, Ernest Hemingway took off his non-combatant insignia and posed as a colonel in order to lead a group of French militia into battle against the Nazis.

16. 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 Edgar Hoover personally placed him under surveillance.

17. The FBI was right to watch Earnest Hemingway. He was a failed KGB asset named Argo according to the book, ‘The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America’ that was released in 2010.

18. Ernest Hemingway used to hunt German U-Boats in his fishing boat with direction-finding equipment, a machine gun and hand grenades.

19. Ernest Hemingway used to machine gun sharks to stop them from eating his catch and that in 1938 he established a world record by catching seven marlins in one day.

20. Irish Novelist James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway were drinking buddies in Paris. James would sometimes pick fights in Paris, then hide and call Ernest Hemingway to beat up the guy.

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