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What is Dr Seuss?
  1. The 2003 Cat In The Hat movie was so bad that Dr Seuss’s widow specifically said that she wouldn’t allow any more live action adaptations of his work.

  2. Dr. Seuss's wife thought the Cat in the Hat movie was so bad that she forbid any more live action films of his books.

  3. Dr. Seuss's editor bet him $50 that he couldn't write a children's book in 50 words or less. Dr. Seuss won the bet with his book Green Eggs and Ham.

  4. Dr Seuss's first book was rejected 20+ times. He was on his way to burn it when he ran into a college friend who had just been made children's editor at Vanguard Press. Seuss later said, 'If I'd been going down the other side of Madison Ave, I'd be in the dry-cleaning business today.'

  5. Dr. Seuss' first wife committed suicide after finding out he was cheating on her while she had cancer

  6. Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat to help combat illiteracy. 348 words were identified as being important to first-graders, which he was asked to narrow down to 250. Nine months later, Seuss used 236 of them to complete The Cat in the Hat

  7. Theodore Geisel took up the pseudonym Dr. Seuss after being banned from his college humor magazine for drinking gin on campus during Prohibition.

  8. Dr. Seuss cheated on his wife while she had cancer. After his wife killed herself, after finding out about the affair, Dr. Seuss married his mistress.

  9. Dr. Seuss published a book in 1939. He wanted to draw "the sexiest-looking women" he could but its failure caused him to abandon the adult audience and focus on children's books instead.

  10. Dr. Seuss wrote Green eggs and ham on a dare to use less than 50 different words. Tomorrow’s his bday.

What are some fun facts about dr seuss?

Dr. Seuss was confronted by a feminist who claimed there were no strong female roles in his books. He remarked that most of his characters are animals, and if she could identify their sex, he would remember her in his will.

Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss, is an allegory for post-WWII US occupation of Japan. Seuss, who was vehemently anti-Japanese during the conflict, had a drastic change of heart after visiting postwar Japan. He dedicated the book to a Japanese friend.

Dr. Seuss was confronted by a feminist who stated there are no strong female roles in his books. He then remarked his characters are animals, and "if she can identify their sex, I'll remember her in my will."

Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham because his publisher bet him $50 that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words.

When asked what would happen if he were invited to a dinner party with his characters, Dr. Seuss said, "I wouldn’t show up."

The Grinch laments that he has had to put up with the Whos' celebration of Christmas for 53 years. Dr. Seuss was 53 when he wrote the book and he also drove a car with a license plate that read "GRINCH".

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was asked to resign from all extracurricular activities at Dartmouth University because he was caught drinking gin with nine friends in his room.

Boris Karloff does not sing, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the famous Dr. Seuss film, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It was performed instead by Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger. Thurl's role went completely uncredited. Boris won a Grammy for his performance.

Dr. Seuss once wrote a Warner Bros. film called Going Home, that was banned because it accidentally predicted the Manhattan Project

Dr Seuss had a "secret" collection of paintings he did mostly at night for his own personal enjoyment that were rarely, if ever exhibited during his lifetime

Dr. Seuss supported Japanese-American internment, drove his wife to suicide while having an affair, and never had any children of his own. - fact check

Dr Seuss' name rhymes with 'Voice' not 'Zeus' - fact check

Dr. Seuss first adopted the pen name of "Seuss" so that he could continue to work on his college's magazine after being caught drinking in his room

After regretting supporting the internment camps, Dr. Seuss dedicated Horton Hears a Who to a Japanese friend as an apology.

The first recorded use of the word "crunk" was by Dr. Seuss in 1972 - fact check

Dr. Seuss wrote a book about political tension, the arms race, the threat of nuclear weapons, and the Cold War in 1984

Dr. Seuss pronounced his name so that it rhymes with "voice". - fact check

Dr. Seuss wrote a book about naked ladies. - fact check

Dr. Seuss' widow disliked the 2003 Live-action 'Cat in the Hat' film so much she wouldn't allow any more live-action adaptations

Dr. Seuss pronounced it in the German manner, “soice”. He realized that Americans naturally read the name as “soose” and went with it "to be associated with—Mother Goose"

Before 'Cat in the Hat,' Dr. Seuss drew cartoons to fight America First, racism and fascism

Dr. Seuss adopted his pen name after being caught drinking gin in his room during Prohibition. The dean insisted he resign from the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine where he was editor-in-chief, but he continued writing using the Seuss pseudonym.

While in college during the Prohibition era, Dr. Seuss was caught drinking gin with friends in his dorm room. He was forced to write under a pen-name to dodge his ban from writing for the school's humor magazine. Thus, Theodore Geisel chose his now-legendary pseudonym.

Taylor Momsen, the girl who played Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is now the lead singer for a hard rock band called The Pretty Reckless. Their songs have such titles as "Kill Me", "Make Me Wanna Die", and "Going to Hell."

Dr. Seuss, the author of many of the most popular children's books of all time, had no children of his own, saying of children: "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em."