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Weird Al Yankovic Has A Message For Grammar Snobs

And it’s that you’re awesome!

Grammar snobs everywhere should unite over Weird Al’s latest song, released yesterday.

It’s called “Word Crimes,” sung to the catchy tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and this might be the best four minutes you’ve spent on learning grammar in your entire life. I know it will at least be the best four minutes you spend today.

Take it away, Weird Al. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Read more

Here Are 8 Of The Greatest Literary Mustaches

As I was doing a little research on Red Harvest and its author Dashiell Hammett, I couldn’t help but be struck by the wonder that is Hammett’s mustache.

You’ll see it here in the featured image to the left. Let’s examine.
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This Terrible Book Cover Deserves Its Own Post

Let’s take a closer look at this highly unusual cover. Read more

The Harvard Library Owns Books Bound With Human Skin

Some creepy stuff’s going on over at the Harvard Library, or at least it was in 2006 when this article was originally written.

According to The Harvard Crimson Magazine, at least three rare, extremely old books were bound by human skin. Yep. Human skin.

The three books—about medieval law, Roman poetry, and French philosophy, respectively—date back to as early as 1605.

Here’s the skinny on the medieval law book: Read more

15 Book Spoilers In One Sentence

SPOILER ALERT!

You heard it here first. If you’re anti-spoiler, like my friend who got mad at me for ruining the ending to The Great Gatsby—nearly a century old—then you may hate this post.

If, on the other hand, you dive head first into the world of spoilers, then this post is just for you.

The catch here is that these spoilers are only one sentence long—so as not to give away great detail while helping you get the “essence” of the novel’s plot.

Also, these are mostly famous books, so hopefully you’ve read most of them anyway.

Let’s go.

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Let’s Look At More Terrible Book Covers

If you ever have about 10 minutes (or more) to kill, do yourself a favor and head over to Lousy Book Covers.

If you get a kick out of looking at horrific book covers, then you’ll love this Tumblr, in that train wreck sort of way.

Last year, I posted some samples from the blog, with my commentary on each cover. Because it’s Friday and none of us really want to think very hard, I thought I’d do that again today.

So here are some more recent samples from Lousy Book Covers. For hundreds more, go check out the blog for yourself.

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A Kids’ Book That Should Make Parents Freak Out

This is a kids’ book.

I don’t even know what to say.

Is this a thing?

What’s going on in our kindergartens? Do we have some kind of freaky, sexual Lord of the Flies situation in our preschools?

Lord help us parents.

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125 Hemingways Enter. Only 1 Hemingway Survives.

From the land of strange:

A couple of weeks ago, Tampa, Florida hosted the 33rd annual Sloppy Joe’s “Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.” Stephen Terry, 56, who’s a software developer, won the contest and, holy smokes, he looks just like Papa.

You can see his photo over at the Tampa Bay Times.

Terry defeated 124 other Hemingway wanna-be’s, including (and this is the most random fact about all of this) Paula Deen’s husband, Michael Groover. Insert your favorite Paula Deen joke here.

Groover was actually a finalist for the Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway Look-Alike crown.

I got to say:

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10 Cheesy Literary Pick-Up Lines That Will Get You Slapped

Literary pick up lines? Yeah, why not!

Book geek? Need a date?

Well, you’ve come to the wrong place. Here’s 10 literary pick-up lines to make you have an embarrassing weekend, full of shame, rejection, and self-loathing.

Here we go:

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Guy Opens Bible, Finds Mein Kampf.

If you frequent the Reddit Books forum, then this is old news. But, if not, hopefully you’ll find it fascinating like me.

This guy found a mint condition original Mein Kampf–you know, Hitler’s Nazi manifesto–hidden inside an old Bible.

Here’s how he explains it:

My fiancee’s Mother purchased a box of old German Bibles at a flea market. Only after inspecting the Bibles closer after purchase did she notice One of them was very different from the others.

Can you imagine the stories that Bible/Mein Kampf could tell? Sounds like some Nazi trickery from back in the day.

Look at me! I’m a nice friendly man. I have a Bible filled with Jesus things. But little do you know it actually is just the container for hateful, Nazi propaganda.

Stupid nazis.

Still, quite an amazing piece of history this guy owns.

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