"Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the best selling author of all-time, having written 85 novels and sold 4 billion books.
She is seen in the 1938 photo at Greenway Estate (1 Greenway Rd Kingswear, Brixham, Devon UK) where she lived until her death in 1976.
This home is featured in her books Five Little Pigs (1942), Towards Zero (1944) and Dead Man's Folly (1956).
Her dyslexia gave her difficulties spelling so she dictated a fair bit of her writing.
I once took on a project on learning disabilities and was very surprised at how many writers and movie people (whose work depended on scripts) made history while having dyslexia. Dyslexia seemed to have given them extraordinary skills in other capacities.
Writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, WB Yeats, Hans Christian Andersen and John Irving have had dyslexia. So have Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Jay Leno, Anthony Hopkins, Anderson Cooper, Tom Cruise, Henry Winkler, Cher, George Burns, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Bloom and many others in Hollywood.
Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were also dyslexic.
Long after he retired, the last coach to win a Stanley Cup in Canada, Jacques Demers revealed he couldn't read. No one ever caught on. When he wrote letters, he secretly had someone else type them.
It made me wonder...it seemed like people with learning disabilities have a disproportionately statistically far better chance at making history."
"Last night Marcela Telehanicova noticed something odd in her garden. Someone had quietly and carefully deposited 107 garden gnomes on her front path.
Police are investigating where they might have come from. No local garden centres are missing a large number of gnomes.
Photo by Marcela Telehanicova - via The Guardian."