More Mental Floss articles that I wrote! Get ‘em while they’re hot!
Roald Dahl actually was a chocolate tester for a candy company when he was a kid. It stuck with him (so to speak) and inspired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Did you know Thoreau started a 3,000-acre forest fire before going to live in the woods?
EB White was fascinated with spiders and even took her egg sack back to his New York apartment with him. He was delighted when it hatched and the baby spiders spun webs all over his room.
While Arthur Miller was writing his allegory for McCarthyism, he was having an affair with Marilyn Monroe. I can’t help but surmise this must have influenced the affair between Abigail and John Proctor.