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Today's fantastic Runner-Up needs no explanation. Read. Chuckle. Move onwards!

The winner of today's (always objective!) Best Of award goes to:

1967 World Book Encyclopedia Set (Normal Heights)

It's absolutely possible that this gem was sold, door-to-door, by an actual salesman. For the price of $0 you can read articles in the mode of the following examples:

Woodstock: Common name for quaint, American towns. Nothing more.

Moon: Large rock in sky, surface unmarred by human footstep.

Richard Nixon: Failed politician, unlikely to ever hold major office.

Gasoline: Fossil fuel derived from refined crude oil. Limitless and basically free!

British Currency: Absolutely, maddeningly irrational millennium-old system dealing with tuppence, shillings, and other absurdly confusing denominations.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: aka USSR, Soviet Union. Communist state, somewhere east of France. Enemy of US until the end of time.

Bottled Water: Popular in Europe, commercially unfeasible in United States.

Encyclopedias--they're like Wikipedia, but heavy!

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Today's fantastic Runner-Up needs no explanation. Read. Chuckle. Move onwards!

The winner of today's (always objective!) Best Of award goes to:

1967 World Book Encyclopedia Set (Normal Heights)

It's absolutely possible that this gem was sold, door-to-door, by an actual salesman. For the price of $0 you can read articles in the mode of the following examples:

Woodstock: Common name for quaint, American towns. Nothing more.

Moon: Large rock in sky, surface unmarred by human footstep.

Richard Nixon: Failed politician, unlikely to ever hold major office.

Gasoline: Fossil fuel derived from refined crude oil. Limitless and basically free!

British Currency: Absolutely, maddeningly irrational millennium-old system dealing with tuppence, shillings, and other absurdly confusing denominations.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: aka USSR, Soviet Union. Communist state, somewhere east of France. Enemy of US until the end of time.

Bottled Water: Popular in Europe, commercially unfeasible in United States.

Encyclopedias--they're like Wikipedia, but heavy!

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Oooops, the listing is gone. :(

Sept. 23, 2009

Hmm, they still work for me...

However, I like the transitory aspect of this posting style. Rather than contribute to an archive, I try to touch upon something fleeting, soon to expire, and only momentarily relevant.

Sept. 23, 2009

That sounds like a perfect description of my life!

Sept. 23, 2009

Happily, there is still enough to bite into here, Fish.

"Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: aka USSR, Soviet Union. Communist state, somewhere east of France. Enemy of US until the end of time."

You're right. The fact that you can see this socialist entity whatever-it's-called from your Alaskan backyard is must-know information for the American encyclopedia-reading public!

Sept. 23, 2009

Thanks, SDaniels and snarfhund--always glad to point out the day's must-have items!

Sept. 24, 2009

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