Stories from Galley Cat

What Is the Happiest Word?

What do you think is the happiest word? A team of mathematicians from the University of Vermont published a paper examining 10,000 of the most frequently-used English words. The group took this information and surveyed people; the collected data was used to rank the words according to happiness. The word "laughter" captured the number one spot and the word "terrorist" finished in last place. Mental Floss writer Arika Okrent picked 25 words that she... read more>>

The Joy of Books

Out of all the videos we posted on GalleyCat this year, "The Joy of Books" was the most popular--watch books frolick inside a closed bookshop. If the video inspires you to support your local bookstore, here are some links: Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter and How to Buy eBooks from an Indie Bookstore. Here's more about the video: "After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to take... read more>>

Top 10 Most Read Books in the World

Out of all the infographics we featured this year, one literary graphic was by far the most popular (and controversial) among our readers. Follow this link to see a larger image. Designer Jared Fanning created a simple infographic comparing the Top 10 Most Read Books in the World, using a list compiled by freelance writer James Chapman--based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. Check it out:... read more>>