Here’s an odd place for a Shakespeare article, a magazine called Ask Men (the kind of barely safe-for-work site that if I’m caught looking at it I will have to plead I only read it for the Shakespeare). The title is 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Shakespeare.
1) The sonnets were written for men. Specifically it goes on to cite sonnet 18 as an example, and says that 126 of the 154 are definitely between dudes.
2) Danielle Steel has been translated more than Shakespeare. This point is just plain stupid, as it goes on to explain that Danielle Steel has *written* more than Shakespeare, so the math works out. He’s been translated into 80 languages, she only 28.
3) Shakespeare invented "torture". No he didn’t, he just “invented” the word of course.
4) Shakespeare's grave is cursed. Again, no, and badly written. Yes, there’s the epitaph that reads “cursed be he who moves my bones”, but no one has moved them, so that’s a poor interpretation of “his grave is cursed.”
5) Shakespeare was rich. Yes, he had a stake in the company, blah blah blah, owned property in London and Stratford. But was he ever “rich”, in the way we think of it today? I’ve always understood that not to be the case. As a matter of fact I thought he was on the cheap side, spending much of his later years in small claims court collecting debts.
Points to the commenters, for the most part, for pointing out the mistakes in the article.