June 12, 2006

Based on some of the school library books I read in the past 6 months, I made the one million word list this past school year. Someone figured out that middle schoolers should be reading enough books to reach at least a million words a year. (For reference, a Harry Potter book, which I have not read, has about 200,000 words, so it really is not that much to read over the course of a year.) So me English skillz be at the 8 grade level. I think there were only about 25 students (out of about 600 students) on the list.

My most recent book: The Alphabet of Manliness by Maddox.

In case you never heard of Maddox, he's the guy who created The Best Page In the Universe. His testosterone filled, politically incorrect rantings can sometimes be crude and offensive, but are also very funny, even when I don't necessarily agree with him. The 26 alphabet-based chapters in this book include 'A for Ass-Kicking', 'N for Norris, Chuck', 'U for Urinal Ettiqette', and about 8 chapters that I can't mention because I don't want to offend any female readers here. Although if any woman wants to know why guys are so stupid, reading this book will answer that. In fact, reading this book will probably make me stupider. It's a good thing I have IQ points to spare.

On a slightly related note, one of my favorite movie quotes of all times comes from Billy Madison:

Principal: Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Billy Madison: Okay, a simple "wrong" would've done just fine.

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