Things get pretty weird when you gaze through the looking glass. And things get really weird when you read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"! We're about to test your knowledge of one of the best stories ever written. Disney brought it to the screen and even Johnny Depp tried. Let's see how much you know about this classic!
Lewis Carroll was the author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and the rest of the series. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is considered to be one of the world's best novels. It's an influential classic that everyone knows and loves.
Kathryn Beaumont, the actress who voices Alice in the 1951 film, also voices Wendy Darling in 1953's "Peter Pan."
Alice in Wonderland syndrome is actually a neurological condition. It's otherwise known as Todd's syndrome.
The plot of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is largely nonsensical. The characters are also rather strange and wonderful.
Carroll's boss' daughter was the model for Alice. The boss was Henry Liddell, and he was the dean of the Christ Church College of Oxford.
Carroll started by telling the story of Alice aloud to children. He never planned on becoming an author, but eventually decided to write the story down, with the real Alice's encouragement.
There are many drug references within "Alice." In fact, druggies love this story. It's pretty far out.
Queen Victoria was a known fan of the book. Some could even imagine her as the Queen of Hearts!
Lewis Carroll himself made drawings for the original manuscript. Apparently, they were really quite good!
Originally there was no answer to this famous riddle posed in the book. Even Carroll himself admitted that there was no answer, but he later concocted a lame one: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!"
It was originally called "Alice's Adventures Under Ground" before it got its famous title. We're glad they changed the name!
Alice in Wonderland is seen as a metaphor for childhood! It starts with birth, continues through growth, and finally ends with exploring the world.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has been translated into nearly 200 different languages. The book has never been out of print.
"Through the Looking-Glass" was the name of the sequel. It was met with critical success.
When "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was first published it was actually met with mixed reviews. It was only after the sequel was published that it was widely acknowledged.
The real-life Alice was actually a brunette. In the books and films, she's depicted as a blonde.
Mock turtle soup was quite popular in Victorian times. It was made of calf brains and hoof!
Lewis Carroll actually had many jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a novelist, photographer, artist and clergyman, to name a few.
There are 12 chapters in "Alice." There was a shortened version of the novel that Carroll created later in life.
These are both other Carroll novels. They were met with success, but not as much as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was banned in China. This was in 1931, because China didn't approve of talking animals.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was published in 1865. It is a work that has changed the landscape of children's literature.
Carroll used himself as the inspiration for the Dodo. It was based on his real name, Charles Dodgson.
Carroll was a savvy marketer of his characters. He was a pioneer in brand licensing.
Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" came out in 1951. There has also been a 2010 Tim Burton adaptation.
Jefferson Airplane released the psychedelic song "White Rabbit." In the 1967 hit, "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all."
"Alice in Wonderland" was actually made into a film in 1903. It was only 12 minutes long, but it was the longest film produced in Britain at the time. The restored version runs for only about nine minutes.
There are hints of mathematics in the book, especially newfangled theories in math, which are discussed by the Mad Hatter.
The original manuscript for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" lives in Britain. In fact, it almost never leaves, and it's a big deal when it does.
Oscar Wilde was apparently a huge fan of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It doesn't seem to have influenced Wilde's work, though, or did it?
The original drawings were carved into wood, so that they could be reproduced. We can imagine how much those wood carvings are worth today.
The real Cheshire Cat tree is in a garden behind the home in Oxford where Alice lived. The home was at Christ Church College.
Carroll was a professor of math at Oxford University. There are many places in the book where math comes into play.
Carroll's personal copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was sold for $1.54 million in 1998. Other items at the same auction included a photograph Carroll took of the original Alice, which went for $62,000!