Curious and curiouser

Curious and curiouser

  1. Alice’s character was actually based upon a girl in real life named Alice Lidell. This real-life Alice was a brunette and didn’t have much in common with the character Alice – but Carroll came up with the idea for Alice in Wonderland when she asked him to tell her a story on a boating trip in Oxford


  2. The Dodo is a reference to Carroll himself! He often took the real-life Alice to the Natural History Museum in Oxford, and he stuttered when he spoke


  3. Mock turtle soup is real! It’s a cheaper version of the dish green turtle soup – which was actually a pretty popular dish back in Victorian times!


  4. After reading the book, Queen Victoria asked that Carroll dedicate his next book to her because she liked it so much. However, his next work turned out to be An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, With Their Application to Simultaneous Linear Equations and Algebraic Equations…


  5. It’s said that Carroll himself suffered from Alice in Wonderland Syndrome – a rare neurological disease were people face episodes of seeing objects either way too small or way too large


  6. The book was banned in China because ‘animals should not use human language’


  7. In 1890, Carroll actually released a shortened version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! This version was for toddlers and included 20 of John Tenniel’s illustrations from the original book – though they were enlarged and some of the pictures were even revised


  8. The original manuscript almost never leaves London… So it’s a big deal when it does


  9. The 12-minute film of Alice in Wonderland made in 1903 is 12 minutes long. And at the time was the longest film produced in Britain…


  10. The White Rabbit’s pocket watch is always set at 12.25


  11. The Jabberwockey has always existed in the Wonderland realm but has only been featured in one film adaption… Tim Burton’s 2010 remake


Author: thespookyredhead

Come for the pop culture. Stay for the bad grammar.


  1. These were fun facts. I wasn’t aware of most of them, and especially enjoyed that it was banned in China for talking animals. It was also fun reading that Alice was based on a real girl. As a complimentary fun connection, the Alice in the 1951 animated Disney film was also largely based on a real girl: the voice actress who they cast as Alice. The director liked her style and movements enough to design the character to match.

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