After writing The Cat in the Hat in 1955 using only 223 words, Dr. Seuss bet his publisher that he could write a book using only 50 words.
Except that the website with the text has a typo which puts the word count at 51. At least that’s what I think. I don’t have a copy of the book handy. If you do, you can check it against this:
As long as I was parsing the text in Excel, I thought I’d make a chart of the word frequency. With fifty words, it has the same problems as skyscraper charts, so I’ll spare you the whole thing.
Here’s how I parsed the text:
- Copy the text and Paste Special – Text into Excel
- Text to columns delimited on space
- Copy each of the resulting columns to the bottom of column A (tedious and boring)
- Text to columns again on hyphen (to separate SAM-I-AM)
- Run it through
- Create a unique list
and the rest is academic. And all of it pointless. That’s what Fridays are for.