May 3, 2004

silly game

The instructions are: Grab the nearest book, open it to page 23, find the 5th sentence, post the text of the sentence in the comments or in your journal along with these instructions.

“A shithole,” my mother said, and even at the age of seven, I thought, Yes, she’s right. This is a shithole.

I do try to keep this site relatively PG, so if you think I made that up, go check out the paperback copy of Naked, by David Sedaris.

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  1. The fifth sentence on page 23 is also coincidentally the last. “Here are some examples of compositions improved by using the rule of thirds:” Then it goes on and on (covering the rest of page 23, all of page 24 and some of 25) with pictures, or more precisely cartoonish sketches, of compositions that obey the rule of thirds.

    From Tom Schroeppel’s “The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video”

    Comment by Lauren — May 3, 2004 @ 11:49 pm

  2. The sheriff would lock them up for shooting out each other’s windows, or racing their pickups down the railroad tracks, or punching out the bartender over at the Rhythm Ranch, and my aunts would shrug and make sure the children were all right at home.

    Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison

    Comment by Brian W — May 3, 2004 @ 11:56 pm

  3. “The girls were just glad to be in the show and get a chance to get in front of people and throw theirself around a little, because they wasn’t alllowed to get out and act up whatnot.”

    Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu

    Comment by ben — May 4, 2004 @ 9:30 pm

  4. “Figure 2.5 shows the t distribution for a sample size of 5 compared to the normal distribution.”

    from Agricultural Experimentation Design and Analysis

    I’m totally bummed that I can’t supply anything more exciting. Man that’s dry. I don’t even know what it means IN context!

    Comment by rachel — May 4, 2004 @ 11:33 pm

  5. thwarted by the first book that only had graphs on page 23, I reached for the next book…
    “Materials that are normally etched include polysilicon, silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, and aluminum.”
    Yay for CMOS Analog Circuit Design

    Comment by Carolyn — May 5, 2004 @ 1:58 pm

  6. “To the timidity and stagnation of Cambodian politics in 1946, Yuthevong brough new insight and hope.”

    Brother Number One: A political biography of Pol Pot

    by David P. Chandler

    Comment by Ryan — May 10, 2004 @ 12:56 am

  7. “Why does a woman take offense when called a Bitch?”

    I guess I cheated- I used a feminist book (Bitches, Bimbos, & Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Female Sterotypes), so there’s bound to be something intresting.

    Comment by Heather — May 10, 2004 @ 12:23 pm

  8. Another one:

    “The development of economical processes for making NH4a from natural gas caused the price of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer to fall by about one-half in nominal terms between 1960 and 1970, and fertilizer prices generally declined in real terms throughout the post-World War II period until the energy crisis of the mid-1970’s.

    Comment by rachel — May 10, 2004 @ 2:07 pm

  9. “I’ll keep them all.”

    Hotspur, Henry IV Part 1 – William Shakespeare

    Comment by Joel — May 17, 2004 @ 3:56 am

  10. Oddly, the nearest book to me was an old TV Guide; this is odd since my computer is in my closet, no where near my TV, but here we go all the same:

    “Friends are forever on DVD”

    It’s from an ad for Friends, Seasons one through seven on DVD, and in fact has only 5 sentences on the page. (The May 2-8 issue of TV Guide)

    Comment by Megan — May 22, 2004 @ 9:35 pm

  11. “His fingers fumbled, tangled themselves around the simplest words, but his imagination was sure.”

    ~ Lord Fouls Bane, Stephen Donaldson.

    Comment by Paul Mannering — October 21, 2007 @ 12:06 am

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