The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2005

Yet another silly meme

Not that I'm above silly memes, of course.

How this one works:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

From Born Grown: An Oklahoma City History by Roy P. Stewart (Oklahoma City: Fidelity Bank, National Association, 1974):

"In 1976 the American Bowling Congress tournament will come to Oklahoma City for the first time, setting up its own lanes in the Myriad."

Jim Schroeder won the singles title with a 750 series. The ABC became part of the United States Bowling Congress on the first of January, 2005.

Well, you know, I hate to leave a story unfinished.

(Via Phoebe Gleeson.)

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Okay, Charles, if you insist:

-- Neil J. Smelser, a sociologist, in 1962 put forward a comprehensive theory of collective behaviour, by which he means group behaviour such as panic, mob action, riot, fanatical sects, etc. --

That comes from Helmut Schoeck's 1969 treatise Envy: A Theory Of Social Behaviour, which I hereby swear hand-to-heart really was the closest tome to me, edging out Pamela Anderson's novel Star by a good eight inches. A very good eight inches. Oh, how good they were! Sigh.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 5:50 AM on 30 January 2005

"To see how the city once bustled, head to the Santa Fe Depot Museum, at 614 East Main, Shawnee 74801."

The book Oklahoma: Off The Beaten Path was about right next to me.

That was fun.

Posted by: Luke at 8:27 AM on 30 January 2005

Three books were at hand when this came in: the OKC history I cited, T. J. MacGregor's novel Out of Sight, which was behind it, and James Lileks' compendium of ghastly decorating ideas, Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s, next one over, which actually would have provided something amusing:

This makes the headboard look as though it's held back by a clasp, and will slam down and crush you with great painful force when released.

But, well, rules are rules.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:15 AM on 30 January 2005

Taken from the book (more like a screed) entitled Harry Potter and the Bible - The Menace Behind the Magick ... a book I couldn't help but pick up at the thrift shop for 50 cents and choke down ... much like one would read Mein Kampf just to see what the jackass was thinking:

"At the same time,however, she has taken great pains to ensure that the occult-related material in her volumes accurately reflects true occultism."

Yep, a real 50 cent read ... har dee har har

Posted by: Ron at 10:43 AM on 30 January 2005

"The leaves of the nearby trees fluttered in the light autumn wind, glimmering with their first touches of gold and red."

From Terry Goodkind's _Wizard's First Rule_, which is the book I'm actually reading. The closest book is not really book, it's an instruction manual for my PDA, so I didn't use that one.

Posted by: unimpressed at 11:19 AM on 30 January 2005

"I saw her when she came out--she touched me for a couple hundred to blow town."

The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett.

Posted by: Will Duquette at 8:35 PM on 30 January 2005

"They express a wish to visit the Mandans, and to know if it will be agreeable to them to admit the Arikaras to settle near them, and join them against their common enemy, the Sioux."

[28 February, 1805 entry, The Journals of Lewis and Clark, ISBN 0-451-62670-2]

The book was nearest to my machine's mouse. A few clicks of said mouse would conjure an endless string of on-line books.

Posted by: vic at 9:06 AM on 31 January 2005

"The book was nearest to my machine's mouse. A few clicks of said mouse would conjure an endless string of on-line books."

I could have picked any one of about 11000 ebooks on this machine....However, the page numbers have all been edited out. :)

Posted by: unimpressed at 2:21 AM on 1 February 2005

No, if the court finds that Tim's book was based on a French one and yes, if the court finds that Tim's book was created without relying on or borrowing from Antoine's book.

From Patent, Copyright, and Trademark, 3rd edition. (Yes, I'm at work.)

Posted by: addie at 5:06 PM on 1 February 2005