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Gservo
4th January 2003, 01:10 AM
It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it seems that sometimes a dare can work just as well. Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after his editor challenged him to pen a book using no more than fifty words. In sharp contrast to that laconic effort is John Milton, who used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost." But sometimes inspiration can come from the most mundane of sources. Frank Baum's mythical kingdom in The Wizard of Oz was named after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labelled "A to N," the other was labelled "O to Z."