Characters Mad Hatter and March Hare are derived from two English sayings: "mad as a hatter" and "mad as a March hare." The saying about a Hatter due to the fact that in the old days in the manufacture of felt hats mercury poisoning was used which causes chronic mental disorders. A crazy of March Hares is explained by the mating season, upcoming spring.
Shakespeare did not invent the story of the play "out of his head." He ably laid out medieval tale, and quite close to the original sources. "Macbeth" is the most popular of Shakespeare's plays. It is performed in the world every four hours.
When the book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was released in the UK, the publisher, in order to avoid absenteeism, asked for bookstore owners not to sell the book, while schools are closed for one day.
It is believed that the writing of Nabokov's novel was inspired by the sensational story of Charlie Chaplin, who took a liking to second wife Lita Grey, when she was 12 years old.
The plot of "The Count of Monte Cristo" was drawn from the archives of the Paris police. Shoemaker Francois Picot, was arrested on a tip and thrown into the castle, where he spent about 7 years. In prison Pico dug an underground passage to the next cell, where a rich Italian priest was. They became friends, and before the death of the priest Francois told the secret of the hidden treasure in Milan. After his release Pico mastered treasures bequeathed to him under a different name appeared in Paris, where he spent 10 years, the wages of meanness and treachery.