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20 July 2005 @ 02:30 pm
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Dumbing Down the Arts

A frustrated writer came up with novel scheme to test the intelligence of book publishers. He retyped into manuscript form The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski's award-winning novel, and submitted it, under his own name, to a dozen big publishers. They all rejected the manuscript as not being worthy of publication, including the house that had actually published Kosinski's book.

From Tuesday

Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Too Smart to Ask

Why do the idiots always rise to the top?

They're handpicked by the top brass, who don't want someone smart coming in and making them look bad by comparison.

From Monday

International Idiocy

The world's first parking tickets were given out in Nineveh (now Iraq) over 2,000 years ago to people who parked their chariots on the king's road. The fine? Death by impalement.

From Sunday

Dumb Moments in the Lives of Famous People

Not all presidents need scientific advisers. Ronald Reagan, for example, found it more efficient to invent his own science. Here's Reagan on the campaign trail dismissing the dangers of atomic energy: "All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk." That would have been one amazing desk, big enough to cover up the 25 tons of nuclear wasted produced each year by an atomic power plant.

From Saturday

People with Unique Vision

Lady Lewson, a wealthy eighteenth-century English woman, refused to bathe, ever, thinking immersion led to illness. Instead, to preserve herself she coated her body daily with hog's lard. She lived ninety years that way.
 
 
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apocalypse_0 on July 20th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
This would have been a lot better if you hadn't screwed up the HTML formatting... :D
Michael: WWMD?servermonkey on July 20th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sonuva. . .!

See, now I'm resorting to screwing up HTML to get people to read me. :)
paperpath: scaredpaperpath on July 20th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Lady Lewson would have reeked so badly that no one could come close enough to her to give her their germs; that's why she lived to ninety, I'm sure of it. ;-)
Michael: Worried Dinoservermonkey on July 20th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Nitch and I in the office shuddered at the thought of what she must have smelled like.
Screw Them All To Death, I'm Sick of This Crapxforge on July 20th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Nineveh (a city) was also the capital of Assyria. So go tell THAT to the Old Man From Scene 27.

It was of course also the place Jonah was sent, refused to go and ended up inside a whale to be taught a lesson. = )

Michael: Worried Dinoservermonkey on July 20th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
I can faintly hear, "We are the pirates who don't do anything" in the back of my mind.

I am scared.
Screw Them All To Death, I'm Sick of This Crapxforge on July 20th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Heeh. I just saw that thing with Melody. Fun little bunch of vegetables aren't they?

Michaelservermonkey on July 21st, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely. It was a shame that movie pretty much destroyed the Big Idea company.
Screw Them All To Death, I'm Sick of This Crapxforge on July 21st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
You're kidding! The Veggie Tales are no more? I was wondering why I hadn't heard much more from them. That's a bummah, my gf and her daughter were LOVING that there was something fun for kids that taught Biblical stuff, and I just found them really entertaining.

Michaelservermonkey on July 22nd, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a sad, sad story.

I wasn't aware of it myself until a few months ago or so.
mineral777 on July 21st, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
I love the story about the novel that is too funny.
Michaelservermonkey on July 21st, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Hey, you got something against hog lard? :)