By A. J. Jacobs
Half memoir and half schooling (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and likely very unlikely quest to learn the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.
forty four MILLION WORDS
10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY
1 OBSESSED MAN
To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League schooling, A.J. Jacobs units for himself the daunting activity of examining all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His spouse, Julie, tells him it is a waste of time, his associates think he's wasting his brain, and his father, an excellent lawyer who had as soon as tried a similar feat and give up someplace round Borneo, is encouraging yet unconvinced.
With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unforeseen and comically disruptive results Operation Encyclopedia has on everything of Jacobs's existence -- from his newly minted marriage to his complex courting along with his father and the remainder of his charmingly eccentric ny kin to his day task as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's venture assessments the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to discover the true which means of intelligence as he endeavors to hitch Mensa, win a place on Jeopardy!, and take in 33,000 pages of studying. On his trip he stumbles upon a few of the strangest, funniest, and such a lot profound evidence approximately each subject less than the sunlight, all whereas fighting fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing worry that attends his first real-life accountability -- the upcoming delivery of his first child.
The Know-It-All is an creative, mightily unique memoir of 1 man's mind, neuroses, and obsessions, and a fight among the all-consuming quest for real wisdom and the indisputable reward of hard-won knowledge.
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Erziehungsroman, a unique of upbringing. Entwicklungsroman, a unique of personality improvement. "I imagine Harry Potter is a wonderful Kunstlerroman! " Lumiere, Auguste and Louis French brothers who owned a digicam manufacturing unit. In 1895, they made a movie known as staff Leaving the Lumiere Factory--an aptly named documentary that exhibits employees shuffling out the door of the manufacturing facility. it is thought of the first actual movie. which supplies me motion picture concept quantity 4: Do a remake of employees Leaving the Lumiere manufacturing facility with Hollywood's A-list stars taking part in the employees. Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise all submitting out a door, donning black hats--box workplace gold! M Madonna The Britannica simply further Madonna to the version this 12 months, and also you may well inform the editors wrote the access whereas donning a type of sterile full-body fits humans use whilst containing an Ebola outbreak. it really is wedged in among write-ups for the 1st Madonna and British criminal historian Thomas Madox, and comprises sentences like this one: "Her good fortune signaled a transparent message of economic regulate to different ladies within the undefined, yet when it comes to picture she used to be a extra ambivalent function version. " In Britannica-speak, that approximately interprets to: "Madonna is a whore. a truly soiled whore. " The access did educate me a few Madonna proof, together with her heart identify (Louise) and that she was once a member of Patrick Hernandez's disco revue in Paris. now not that i do know what that's, yet i will be absolute to deliver it up subsequent time I see a Madonna video. every time that's. interpreting approximately Madonna makes me leave out popular culture. i will come again to you sometime, popular culture. I promise. it is simply this Britannica is so rattling lengthy. Did they need to hide each Nobel Prize winner and African canyon and South American capital? could not they've got omitted a couple of? Who might have spotted? Mahler, Gustav He had a mom fixation that manifested itself in a mild limp he unconsciously followed in imitation of his mother's lameness. the guy so much short of treatment within the Britannica to date. majuscule every person retains asking whilst i go on Jeopardy! and i've to claim, i am beginning to suppose lovely reliable approximately my percentages. i have been staring at my outdated friend Alex Trebek supply the clues and i have made large strides in my skill to shout out the right kind questions prior to the contestants (especially if i exploit the pause button on my TiVo). actually, i'll simply be too shrewdpermanent for my very own stable. the opposite evening, I watched Alex supply the subsequent $100 clue: "This is one other time period for uppercase characters, equivalent to those that commence a sentence. " I knew that. effortless. "Majuscule! " I shouted out, expectantly. "What is majuscule! " "Majuscule" is the reputable identify for uppercase letters and "minuscule" is the identify for lowercase letters. one of many contestants twitched his thumb and rang in. "What is capital letters," he acknowledged. "Correct," acknowledged Alex. Oh, sure. that is correct. Capital letters. I must have recognized that. i used to be reminded of that girl on the Mensa conference who saved announcing "interstices" while the note used to be "gap.