words about words

I just read a very good and very funny book: The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the Word. It’s by AJ Jacobs, who is an editor at Esquire who is also the author of The Two Kings: Jesus and Elvis, which I intend to read soon.
The gist is this: AJ decides to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from start to finish. Hilarity ensues. No, seriously. I laughed out loud on several occassions.
Here are what AJ has found to be the top ten ways to ensure your own inclusion in the EB:
  1. Get beheaded
  2. Explore the Arctic
  3. Write some poems
  4. Become a botanist
  5. Get yourself involved in commedia dell’arte
  6. Win the Nobel Prize
  7. Get castrated (men only)
  8. Design a font
  9. Become a mistress to a monarch (women only)
  10. Become a liturgical vestment
As soon as Prince William ascends the throne I plan on looking into number nine.

5 thoughts on “Hilarity A-Z

  1. Eric says:

    Major Nelson is to busy to reply…..maybe you can.
    WTF why cannot I insert a link…….aggghhhh email me it is worth your time… is at least interesting. I do want your input however. You maybe just the person I want to talk to or I am sure you can point me to the correct person. I think I have something that at the right time would make a great PR for the Xbox 360. I have a 30 foot movie screen ….. here check it out and click on Movie Screen I would like to get some input on the ultimate of scenarios for gaming on this and then call my local paper to take some photos of some people having fun doing this. I think I will have no problem getting in the paper locally as my friend who is a very large advertisor with them invited me to set this up in front of his business….(which happens to sell HDTV’s) Anyway I would like some input on tricking this out with a 360. Or maybe multiple 360’s……ideas?

  2. Christa says:

    Eric, that is indeed a very cool giant screen. I’m not clear on exactly what input you’re looking for from me.. .but if you get people gaming on that bad boy, I’d definitely like to see pictures!

  3. Roland says:

    You sell yourself short Trix … you could win the Nobel, plant some flowers or trudge through the snow … you don’t need to bang a spoiled rich kid to make the EB.  Though if some priest wears you to Mass … I’ll give you a dollar. :>

  4. Unknown says:

    I noticed that you are reading The Know it All so I wanted to mention my blog, which I think you might like too.  I was so inspired by Jacob’s book that I have begun reading the Encyclopedia Britannica as well.  I try to bring the same combination of trivia, life experiences, and humor to my blog.  You can read it here: far as getting into the EB, maybe in the future editions they will include people who read the whole thing (I’ve got my fingers crossed)…

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