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:
- Get beheaded
- Explore the Arctic
- Write some poems
- Become a botanist
- Get yourself involved in commedia dell’arte
- Win the Nobel Prize
- Get castrated (men only)
- Design a font
- Become a mistress to a monarch (women only)
- Become a liturgical vestment
As soon as Prince William ascends the throne I plan on looking into number nine.